More Fodder For Tom Brady Playing In 2023

November 23rd, 2022

Unusual job prep.

Now Joe wants to be clear: Joe has no concrete idea if Bucs quarterback Tom Brady will call it quits after the 2022 season.

The Bucs had to woo him back for this season to get him out of retirement. This, allegedly, was a big reason for friction in his house and led to his divorce.

There have been breadcrumbs of hints that Brady may stick around the NFL for 2023, and maybe with the Bucs. One came when former Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians said he if Brady plays next year, it likely would be in Tampa.

There also is a full-loaf-sized crumb that Brady won’t play in 2023. That’s his 10-year, $375 million deal to be the No. 1 analyst in the FOX NFL broadcast booth that he reportedly signed this spring.

BSPN’s Joe Buck recently told Jimmy Traina on the “SI Media Podcast” that he knows people at FOX who don’t expect Brady to spend one game in a broadcast booth.

Then there is this: Brady’s broadcast-partner-in-waiting, Kevin Burkhardt, said on the very same podcast this week that outside of regular production meetings with teams before Bucs games he calls, he has never spoken with or communicated with Brady about working together since it was first announced Brady signed a deal with FOX.

Joe found that very weird.

So here Brady is supposed to start a $375 million gig at some point soon, and Brady has never texted or e-mailed or called his future broadcast partner since the deal was announced? Not even to ask for tips or advice, or to even get together on mutual downtime to call a fake game in the summer for practice?

Nothing at all? That sure doesn’t sound like Brady to Joe. Brady is one of the more detailed, calculated guys walking the planet. Nothing he does or says is on a whim.

And Brady is a noted workaholic. So the idea that Brady isn’t in touch with his new business partner about his new gig doesn’t remotely sound like Brady.

21 Responses to “More Fodder For Tom Brady Playing In 2023”

  1. b4l Says:

    Good. Perfect time to trade Tom Brady and start over at QB.

  2. Plebian Revolt Says:

    b4l, assuming you are a real Bucs fan — and that’s a big assumption given all the trolls on here — but if you are a Bucs fan, it is your attitude, disdain and lack of appreciation for what Tom Brady has done and is still doing that makes new fans of the team (because Brady came to Tampa) disgusted with this vocal part of the fanbase. I cheer against the Patriots now because they have a lot of fans like you and reading the comments on here over the past nearly 3 years since he arrived and I’ve been following JBF has made me grow to strongly dislike some portion of the Bucs fanbase enough to hope Brady plays somewhere else next year. So he can give y’all the middle finger too like he did to NE and their fanbase.

  3. Demete Says:

    The number one indicator that Brady will play with the Bucs next year is if he signs an extension before the end of the year to clear salary cap for next year. If this does not happen, he is not coming back here.

  4. Elita Vita Says:

    Does Brady have a no trade contract?

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If he plays, he stays….

  6. Davenport Says:

    TRADE? The guy is a FA after this year – leaving behind a $35M cap hit – and the trade window has passed.

  7. Hodad Says:

    Joe it’s football season, and Brady has enough going on that setting up a play date with his future broadcast partner for this summer has to be the last thing on his mind. There is a time, and place for everything. If, and when the time comes for Brady to start his new career he will. Now is not that time. I don’t think it’s strange at all that he hasn’t reached out to his maybe future broadcast partner. There’s plenty of time for that.

  8. SB~LV Says:

    After FTX he will probably have to play 5 more years

  9. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Elita Vita, it’s not whether or not he has a No Trade contract, what he he has is an EXPIRING contract.

  10. NEfan Says:

    So trade him now and throw in the season? What true fan wants that to happen in the midst of leading the division and hopefully heading for a playoff birth? You can’t trade him the deadline is over, you can’t cut him becuase you still have to pay him and if Bucs did, Raiders, Arizona, Jets, New Orleans, Carolina, Atlanta, Giants, Lions, possibly Patriots & 49ers would sign him in a second.

  11. Razor Ramone Says:

    b4l is really the ex troll Beanie.

  12. gp Says:

    Hodad has it right.
    And half of the rest of you are responding to a troll…….Why?

  13. D-Rok Says:

    Agree, Hodad and gp. Brady will worry about potentially broadcasting when the season is over.

    Now, as to Joe’s reporting that some within Fox do not think Brady will ever broadcast for them….hmmm. Wonder if Brady signing the Fox deal had something/anything to do with the financials of his divorce???? I mean, the more he’s worth, the more he has to pay in divorce proceedings, correct?
    Just something to ponder because it doesn’t make much sense, to me.

  14. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Any time that Brady is with the Bucs is like a good drink and a fine cigar. Enjoy it and never take it for granted.

  15. LOL Says:

    Yall obviously don’t understand Sarcasm or Satire . My goodness the snowflakes come out in droves when their feelers get hurt. Poor little babies 🤣🤣
    Way to trigger them b4l

  16. EEK Says:

    Unlike NE, the Bucs are smart enough to ride with Brady as long as he wants to keep playing.

    After 2 years he has accomplished more than any other Bucs qb in history.

    Let’s get the dream of a great qb alive and pray for a 4th season from him.

  17. Hodad Says:

    I actually think his signing with Fox is what really pissed his wife off. I think she wanted him away from football, period. Although the demands off a broadcaster are nothing like those of a starting NFL Q.B., there are demands. One of those demands would be on the road 20 weekends a year broadcasting games. At least as a player you get 8,9 home games. Tom signed up for ten more years of football, just not playing. She wanted no part in that. Now he’s free to do what he wants. God bless him.

  18. sasquatch Says:

    Well, he’s still playing. Why would he contact his potential broadcast partner while he’s still playing. Brady is focused. That doesn’t mean he couldn’t shift focus and retire. I don’t see the Fox situation as a major breadcrumb.

  19. D-Rok Says:


    I generally refrain from speculation, except in this case, we have concrete facts to evaluate: the timeline of his divorce and the timeline of the Fox signing.

    I think you may be right that Brady signing with Fox really triggered her. Total speculation here, but it’s almost like she expected him to retire a few years ago after SB win in 2020, and then stay at home with the kids so she could jet-set around the world and do what she wants for her “modeling” career.

    Meh, at this point, speculation is past-tense, so I’m focused on the Browns game. I hope the Bucs surprise the CRAP out of all of us and drop 50 on them – that would be SWEET!

    GO BUCS!!!

  20. Mayhoff Says:

    There is zero question Brady will play next season. Just a matter of WHO he will play for. He will not only play next season, but the season after that as well. THEN and ONLY then will he consider himself ready to ‘retire’.

  21. Thadeus Says:

    Tom had no reason Not to come back. No one “woo’d” him. His cheating wife was clearly going her way because she couldn’t Make Tom do what she wanted. And I doubt if Tom comes back to Tampa next year unless Payton is coaching. And I would bet it’s more likely we see The GOAT in Miami next year.