Courting Tom Brady

December 11th, 2022

Big-name quarterbacks are huge targets if they make it to free agency.

And even as a guy closer to 65 than 25, Tom Brady falls into that category.

As of now, Brady has no contract for the 2023 season, and there’s no word that the Bucs have graced him with a Buccaneer-for-life kind of offer. There’s also zero evidence that Brady, aka the NFL leader is passes attempted and the NFC leader in passing yards, is fading significantly.

So logic says on Dec. 11, 2022, Brady wants to play next season.

Frankly, Joe became ill last week when 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, a true guru of offense, talked about Brady’s 2022 game before assembled media.

“… He’s kind of flawless in his technique, how he gets everyone the ball, and he’s done that his whole career. But his throwing mechanics, they only get better each year. So, I feel like his arm’s stronger now than it was 10 years ago, and his legs move just as good as they did 10 years ago,” Shanahan said.

So is Shanahan courting Brady through the media? Joe thinks so. Remember, Shanahan and Niners GM John Lynch passed on signing Brady in the 2020 offseason. And Joe suspects it’s viewed as a serious mistake by Niners fans.

Or is Shanahan just blubbering a bunch of smoke? If he’s not, then what does it say about the Bucs’ offensive gurus that they can’t put points up with a genius quarterback who has “flawless” technique, a great arm and the legs he had when he was winning multiple Super Bowls?

50 Responses to “Courting Tom Brady”

  1. Bucman Says:

    The Bucs have offensive gurus!!?? Where? Where?

  2. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Shanahan realizes his mistake, and will not make the same one next year when Brady goes to the 49ers.

  3. Bucsfan13 Says:

    He’s playing with injured shoulder and finger. His body is slowly breaking down. I think he will retire next season. Brady’s always been an obsessive goal oriented guy. He’s always said he wanted to play until he’s 45. He’s accomplished that goal. It mostly was the final nail in the coffin with his marriage.

    If he signs with another team, it would have to be a perfect situation. The main issue would be a dominant OL. The Eagles would be the perfect situation, but Hurts is the man. There isn’t a market for a 46 year old QB.

  4. Kalind Says:

    Puts some extra pressure on today. Win and he might second guess how good they are….don’t bleep it up.

  5. HC Grover Says:

    Bowlzo and Lefty want a runaround QB they can relate to. The Bucs are self destructing as will become more obvious this afternoon.

  6. SPARKY Says:

    Joe, on a side note, if Bucs win today it will be Brady’s 250th regular season win. And I believe 284 with playoffs. Will he play next year to reach 300?

  7. Joshua porter Says:

    The bucs gurus took his ball and went home and left us with toilet bowels

  8. JimmyfromNY Says:

    0% Chance he is retiring!! Didn’t go through the nonsense in his personal life to quit after one year. He’s not gonna leave his career with this type of season. No chance he’s too competitive he’s too good. Let’s not forget this is a one win team without him really look at the schedule and see if they win any games with Kyle Trask, Blaine Gabbert. Maybe one. Maybe Atlanta game at home but I doubt it they probably lose that one too. He still performing miracles with historically bad running game, bottom, five of of line , 2, incompetent coaches , no speed at WR, Mike Evans has hit the wall routinely shut down by #3-4 corners , Godwin back from injury , Julio hadn’t been healthy , Gage sucks. He’ll end up in San Francisco winning MVP and a Super Bowl. Book it.

  9. Steven007 Says:

    Grover, how can they “relate” to a runaround quarterback anymore so than Brady? Leftwich certainly wasn’t one. Your surreptitious raci$m is easy to pinpoint. Lots you can complain about with those two but don’t be so transparent.

  10. SufferingSince76 Says:

    It’s back to less than mediocre next year if Brady goes elsewhere. Courtesy of the Glazer boys. You know the Patriots regret letting him go and so will the Bucs.

  11. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Better to let a player go a year early than a year late.

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I love what Tom Brady has done for us and would be ecstatic if we kept him….

    But… are kidding yourself if you think he isn’t contributing to our offensive impotence…….failed 3rd down conversions and red zone efficiency….FGs instead of TDs…….can’t all be blamed on Leftwich…..

    Tom has looked uncomfortable…….throws the ball too quickly….isn’t taking time to make his reads…..missing on some crucial passes….

    Like I said….I’m grateful for him and hopeful we keep him.

  13. LastDance Says:

    Jimmy is right. Unless the incompetent coaches turn it around and they end the season with a strong playoff run and at least a super bowl appearance, Brady plays again next year because he won’t be able to stand the taste in his mouth of this odorous season. I think he and Shanahan can mind meld for a Cham[ionship easily. Do lance some good to sit behind the GOAT for a year or 2.

  14. Destinjohnny Says:

    In the end what QB wants to sign up for a team with the worst O-Line in football?

  15. LastDance Says:


    these are symptoms of a lack of trust in the Line interior, the receivers being where they need to be, and if you will bother to read the researched posts on this site you will realize the Bucs face the least stacked boxes in the league. This MEANS that he’s throwing into more coverage than any other QB while also dealing with a bottom 5 interior Line for protection. Brady needs to step up to pass… always has. These are a team issue and not a “Brady” issue.

  16. THOMAS PFALZ Says:

    TB is still playing above average football inspite of Leftwitch. If he returns next year, if I was him I only come back if the Bucs got rid of Lefty.

  17. LastDance Says:

    I think the no-huddle demonstrates a players max skill. Brady is still elite in skill. He has been off on a few things, but I would still take him with the game on the line over any QB in the league, including Mahomes. Mahomes has the advantage of the greatest play designer in history. Brady just has to wing it with Leftwurst.

  18. NEfan Says:

    Shanahan is no dummy, he has been winning with Jimmy G. Even a slipping Brady with a offensive minded HC that actually schemes around his weapons strength, Brady would light it up.

  19. Beej Says:

    I could almost see Brady doing this as a childhood dream fulfilled. He’s still one of the top 10 QB’s in the league, better than Jimmy G imo. That aside, the crappy play-calling of BL would probably be adequate absent the OL injuries

  20. LastDance Says:


    I think with Shanahan and the SF running attack and those weapons, TB12 would look pretty much as he always has. At 46 he would need a little running game success to be his best (like every other QB in the league)… Just like this year WHICH WE DONT HAVE.

    I worry about him getting injured today by Bosa and co. with this line. I expect it to look as ugly as anything we have seen this year and probably won’t watch. Assuming Leftwurst and Bowles haven’t made adjustments… which we all know they haven’t.

  21. Jim P Says:

    I think if Brady plays next year it will be for an offensive minded team

  22. Thunder Says:

    Good info today from Tom Pellisero and Ian Rapoport this morning. Word is Brady definitely not retiring before the free agency period. He isn’t likely to stay with Tampa ( why would he ?) Likely suitors are Jets, Giants, Colts. I would throw in Niners too but I doubt it, he likely stays on east coast due to his kids, especially with son Jack in New York. I think Titans are a definite option too. No way he stays with idiots Bowles and Byron and Bowles definitely won’t be fired. Brady either retires or jumps

  23. Da Bucs Guy Says:

    Brady did not want to play for the Bucs this year. Will be watching to see what new team Tom Brady selects to play for next year.

  24. LastDance Says:

    Thanks Thunder, I missed that. Yep the 2 NY teams for Jack, I think the Titans, and NE are in play, if only just, and I think if SF falls short of the super bowl again, it is still possible they take a look at Brady for a 1 year run. I dont see the Colts unless that’s where Payton wants to go to.

  25. SB~LV Says:

    Coach speak and smoke
    I hope he retires and can spend dad time with his son Jack and watch him play football and be with the rest of his family.
    This should be his last year playing football, IMO .

  26. Thunder Says:

    LastDance, agreed

  27. NEfan Says:

    Payton & the Colts interesting, Brady wins a LOT in domes. I wouldn’t count Carolina out, maybe Peyton goes there. Though if anyone knows Brady, Vrabel does. The only west coast team he goes to is 9ers.

  28. LastDance Says:

    Daboll and Giants are interesting because he used to coach on the Pats, so they do know one another. I think he was the TE coach if I remember correctly

  29. Buc1987 Says:

    Da Bucs Guy…if his options were limited this season….I’m sure they’ll be limited next season as well. I think he comes back and plays for the Bucs!

  30. BelleGladeBuc Says:

    The 49er’s offensive line gives all of us Bucs OLINE critics a run for their money.

    Jimmy Garapolo got blown up because his LG and LT are horrible at pass pro.

    Trent Williams is no better than Donovan Smith at LT. The 49ers LG is a second year first time starter. The 49er’s C is a former practice squad/NFL journey man.
    The 49er’s RG is a rookie. The 49er’s RT is a really good one in McGlintchy. Does that sound like the kind of line that attracts TB12?

    #55 was the end man on the line of scrimmage. The 49er’s were in 20 personnel. Per OLINE rules in man blocking assignment in 20 personnel the EMOLS is the tackle’s man.

    The LT and LG blocked one man, allowing #55 an unblocked straight shot at Jimmy Garapolo.

    I said after Jensen went down that the Bucs needed to go out and trade for OLINE because we are supposed to be all in on TB12’s last dance.

    Jensen and Marpet were All Pros and they were two of the main reasons for TB12’s success, more so than Lenny, Gronk, ME13 or Godwin could ever hope to be. I’m an old OLINE guy, so forgive me for my obvious bias.

    When Stinnie went down on a meaningless preseason game I begged the Bucs to do whatever it takes to trade for OLINE.

    The Bucs OLINE is bad. The Bucs OLINE has struggled with the LG position primarily the LG position, not far behind that is the LT position and to a lesser extent the Center position (Hainsey isn’t Jensen. That’s a huge drop off but in my opinion he’s playing good for a first time starter.)

    TB12’s drop off in offensive production this season is because his line is not good. The 49er’s OLINE is not that good.

    The 49er’s line is not much better than the Bucs.

  31. ModHairKen Says:

    If Garoppolo had stayed healthy and led them to the playoffs or if Lance had stayed healthy, I’d say no way Brady goes there. But the way they are playing and when he gets in that stadium today and being close to family — if SF calls, I think he goes. They are also much closer to a SB and they have a good coach.

    It has been nice having him here. An incomparable player. An incomparable career. But he’s ready to move on.

  32. CrackWise Says:

    If Brady stays true to his vindictive type playing career.

    He will DISTROY the 9ers today because they didn’t sign him when he wanted to go there.

    Just saying.

    Either way, I am ready for the Kyle Trask era to begin. I am hungry to see what the future of this team REALLY looks like.

  33. BelleGladeBuc Says:

    The AFC is out of the question for a potential TB12 free agent landing spot.

    Mahomes, Allen, Burrows, Jackson.

    Chiefs, Bills, Bengals, Ravens.

    Now throw in Tua and the Dolphins, and to a lesser extent Herbert and the Chargers.

    To put it bluntly, there are no teams that TB12 goes to in the AFC that have anybody saying that they are a lock to beat Mahomes, Allen and Burrows and make it to the Super Bowl.

  34. Jeffs Dad Says:

    All the ex pat fan bois here dreaming aint happening hes a buc or retired

  35. LastDance Says:

    No Brady fan wants him to go back to the Pats, there are just a lot of reasons outside football that it makes sense. Watch Simmons podcast.

    Belle… Yes the O-Line is by far a greater impact on the season than any Bucs receiver could be. I agree he will only go to a team with a good line or one he’s assured will address line issues. I dont agree he stays away from AFC because of the good QBs there. He’s too competitive to avoid them for the right situation. Though if an equally good situation in the NFC presents itself I agree he would choose NFC first.

  36. Kidfloflo Says:

    If he bails on team and goes ring chasing, plus having to learn whole new offense and vibe with recievers etc, I will disown him with the same vitriol I had for him before he came to my fav team and won a Super Bowl no less!! It would be a bad look on his career I believe as well…He stays here for say God willing 2 more years, and that’s a half decade career for him as a Buc! And a legit second career…..leaving for ANOTHER team waters down his look I believe. Plus outside of coaching we have the offensive prowess and a healthy line next year, plus draft picks to make us the best option…and we will go the the playoffs for 3 straight years, so it’s not like we have buried his stats since coming here!

  37. Redeemer Says:

    He’s going to go where he thinks he can win. A loaded team like SF would be stupid not to be interested. Chris has it right. This is Shanahan publicly admitting his egregious error. Brady could have signed an extension in Tampa. Instead he demanded free agency. IMO the odds he comes back here are slim to none. This was always a two- three year window. The bucs cap situation also must be taken into account. IMO, the only way he stays is with a coaching change, and an all in free agency. I don’t think the bucs have the will, or the means to make that happen.

  38. Beej Says:

    Bucsfan13 Says:
    December 11th, 2022 at 10:47 am
    He’s playing with injured shoulder and finger.”

    That was 2 months ago after the KC game, have seen nothing about it since

  39. Buccos Says:

    How come you never hear our coaches talk like that about him?

  40. Jerry Says:

    He won’t be here next year. We are not an offensive-minded team anymore.

  41. LastDance Says:


    I can understand that if you are only a team fan. I am a player fan first. Regardless, how can you expect him to stay with these coaches. Would you want to work for a boss who doesn’t trust you and makes your job harder every week through their ineptitude? It would be unfair to ask anyone else to. He doesn’t have and deep connection to the area, so unless they commit to him through coaching and personel decisions no way he stays.

  42. Ed McSherry Says:

    Yes, there are a lot of things pointing to Brady being the starting quarterback for the 49ers next year; it also seems to.have been his #1 choice back in 2019-2020, the last time there was a “transitional point” in his career.

    No doubt and understandably, being within reasonable commuting-distance for seeing his kids is a priority.

    The thing is though, if Brady retires, he’s “going-to-the-booth,” and will be on the road during the entire football season, and equally away from his kids as he would be by playing another season+; in fact, Brady’s analyst-contract runs for 10 years.

    It would be great if he stayed a Buccaneer (with some significant changes in the team it seems possible). You can tell both Brady & Gronk really “dig” Florida and the sunshine; Brady isn’t going-through with his new home on “Billionaire Island” off Surfside (where Gisele and the kids are now), Miami Breach for nothing after all.


    Is It too early to start: “Who’s Brady taking with him to San Fransico?”

    Jensen; Mike Evans; Rachaad; Lenny?

    If the pattern holds true, Super Bowl win #8 coming in 2023.

  43. NEfan Says:

    Bowles doesn’t know how to win, he’s out one way or the other. If he wasn’t he’d sign the extension to get better players in. Good point someone brought up, when have you heard these coaches praise him for anything, even the invisible man BA was trashing him, when he thought he still had a voice. Thanks Again BA?

  44. Bob Buc Says:

    Shanahan is blowing smoke. Brady’s legs, if he ever had any, are not there beyond dodging a yard or two from the rush. This season in particular, he is overthrowing and undrerthrowing balls when it is not his intention. Last season and earlier, an underthrow or over was intentional…not so much this year. Old Man Time is catching up and I’m really sad to say that.

  45. Jerry Says:

    2023 will be a brutal year for Bucs fans.

  46. Lost in procrastination Says:

    I didn’t think it was legal to televise abortions in California.

  47. Ig Says:

    Who cares

  48. Paratrooper Buc Says:

    After how bad the Bucs lost, how badly Brady looked, and how Purdy got gifts from refs but played a good game…why would they want Brady who is closer to 65 than 25? Im not saying Purdy is great but he did well last two games. If they make it to playoffs and he wins 1-3 games then Trey Lance is the back up. Purdy is the starter and grappolo is unemployed. They won’t need Brady.

  49. orlbucfan Says:

    Why would anyone want an old guy who is waaaaay past his prime? Believe me, the 49 res aren’t building a powerhouse franchise cos they’re stupid. The sooner we’re rid of him, the better!

  50. Ed McSherry Says:

    A Super Bowl win with previously never having played for the
    team; last year the best quarterback in all of football as #1 in yards and touchdowns; missed being in the Super Bowl by a field goal.

    Then this year, year #3: trying to play without an O-line, a joke coaching staff, and a divorce.

    That’s still a great record, even Superman had Kryptonite to deal-with.

    Purdy will.probably end-up as the next “Wilson.”

    We’ll see what happens in the playoffs: “Never bet against Brady.”