29-Season 49ers Beat Writer: “Hard To Believe” San Francisco Adds A Quarterback

January 31st, 2023

If you subscribe to the philosophy that local reporters have the accurate pulse of a team, and you want Tom Brady quarterbacking the Bucs next season, then this is your feel-good post.

Matt Maiocco has been covering the 49ers since the mid-1990s. Now he works for NBC Sports and has long been one of the more reasoned and seasoned beat writers in the business.

With all the buzz about Brady possibly joining his hometown 49ers next season, Joe decided to listen to Maiocco’s recent chat on CBS Sports Radio. He isn’t seeing the 49ers chasing a veteran quarterback this offseason because it’s so advantageous to their salary cap to have Trey Lance and Brock Purdy at the position.

Both are on rookie contracts, and Maiocco pointed to the 49ers needing to pay All-World edge rusher Nick Bosa a monster contract.

“I don’t see any scenario, or I just find it hard to believe, that the 49ers will have another quarterback on the team not named Brock Purdy or Trey Lance. To me it looks pretty obvious,” Maiocco said.

Joe is firmly in the keep-Brady camp. So Joe will take Maiocco’s comment and savor it during a Hooters lunch of buffalo shrimp and tots.

62 Responses to “29-Season 49ers Beat Writer: “Hard To Believe” San Francisco Adds A Quarterback”

  1. Hodad Says:

    Joe is firmly in the keep Brady camp. I never would’ve guessed it.

  2. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Come back, Tom. Jason, promise Tom he’ll have a more competitive front line to protect him. It won’t hurt to prolong the return to sucksville by another year or two.

  3. Bill in Seminole Says:

    Before last Sunday’s Niners/Eagles game I would have said the Niners had their QB – they could choose among Trey, Jimmy G and Purdy. Now their QB situation looks uncertain.

    I think they will try and get TB on a one year contract; until Purdy is healthy again.

  4. Dooley Says:

    Geez, just obtain the “JoeTomBradyStan” domain name already

  5. Ate One Tree Says:

    Brady isn’t going further away from his family , to go to the nfls qb hospital. He would get absolutely demolished in that offense . I think he’s staying with us or retiring

  6. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Bucs should sign Carson Wentz. His backups have a history of leading teams to the superbowl. I can wait another year for Trask or whoever to take us to the show. Heck if Wentz sucks enough and gets benched early, we may go to the Super Bowl next year.

  7. TampaBayBucsFanSince1976 Says:

    It is all too apparent that if Brady returns , it will be with the Bucs , and thankfully so , window of opportunity is still available for one more year. There should be no rush to blow it up when you may see a Gronk sighting next year and a improved Oline-Bucs would be right there.

  8. LOL Says:

    Tampa seems like the #2 destination for Brady. If SF/MIA is out of the picture then hell be back here IMO.

    There will definitely be some conversations, just like there has been the last couple of years about joining another squad. Does it make sense for those other teams though is the question

  9. YucsBall Says:

    Tampa is the only place that makes sense for Brady. With his age and situation, its retire or stay in tampa.

  10. Rick Says:

    Purdy has a torn UCL. Don’t count out SF signing another QB

  11. SB~LV Says:

    Probably that and being across country from his children
    Have they flushed Bowles yet????

  12. zzbucs Says:


    Apparently Purdy would be ready for training camp…..

  13. Jack Sparrow Says:

    Keep Brady in Tampa and lets keep Tampa Bay Bucs relevant.

  14. Jack Clark Says:

    Has Todd Bowels seen a professional therapist yet? He has more than a few mental disorders that makes him a bad head coach

  15. Allbuccedup Says:

    I just can’t see Brady playing for Toilet Bowles another year. But I guess anything is possible but with Bowles past experience 7 wins with Brady 3 wins without Brady.

  16. BucU Says:

    If he doesn’t play here I couldn’t give a sh!t where he plays. Been a Bucs fan long before him and will be long after.

  17. Joe Swanson Says:

    I think Brady retires again. Then during training camp if Purdy looks shaky Lynch will call Brady then Brady will come back out of retirement again.

  18. Bucsfan13 Says:

    It’s just not a good fit. Shanahan runs a variation of the West Coast offense that requires the QB to at least be slightly mobile. They incorporate a lot of bootlegs and waggles. Joe Montana would be a great example of the type of QB who would run that offense. Brady is an Alpha and Shanahan is an Alpha. Brady is very coachable and wants to be coached hard. Shanahan is very rigid. He’s not gonna change concepts in his offense to fit Brady. Also, it’s the logistically issue. Is Brady gonna move that far away from his kids. On his social media, he has quite a few posts about his kids.

    I listened to his latest podcast, and it sure seems like it was a guy who’s retiring and ready to hit the booth. He referenced calling games and traveling alot with Stephen A Smith.

    I suspect will get a story about the 49ers not being interested in Brady. It’s like when the Dolphins said recently that they have no interest in Brady.

  19. Rod Munch Says:

    OK, so John Lynch just watched as his Super Bowl caliber team just lost 4 QBs, and had to play a guy to end the NFC Championship game that literally couldn’t throw the ball.

    On the other side, you have the GOAT who hasn’t missed a game since when, who wants to play there, and who will totally change the vibe of the team and level it up.

    John Lynch saw what happened when the Bucs added an experienced vet in Brad Johnson.

    I do not see how the 49ers just stay pat as their window quickly closes. If you add Brady, they are instantly the NFL favorites to win the SB next year.

  20. Redeemer Says:

    Lance just had his second ankle surgery. The 49ers are in win now mode. I don’t buy the salary cap stuff. Brady always signs team friendly deals anyway. Are lynch and Kyle really going to roll with Purdy? The kid is having Tommy John. I want Brady back, but this is a weak free agent class. I don’t see how we get much better. I suppose a new OC that Brady’s familiar with could help. I still don’t think he wants to be here.

  21. Rod Munch Says:

    Also, if Lynch did sign Brady, he should do the Bucs a solid and trade us Lance on the cheap. Too bad you can’t do sign and trade deals, that would help both sides, and by that, I mean help the Bucs.

  22. Rod Munch Says:

    Betting your SB roster on a 7th round rookie who had a nice strech, that’s beyond stupid. Meanwhile your top pick didn’t show anything before he got injured. And Jimmy G is just a middling QB, not someone you’d put any faith in unless you’re an idiot.

    For Brady, he goes to another team with a ton of weapons, a good offensive line, and most importantly, a really really good NFL head coach.

    All John Lynch has to do is text Brady, “Bowles vs Shanahan? LOL!” and that will close the deal.

  23. LastDance Says:

    Agreed Rob. If the 49ers add Brady, they are almost guaranteed to be in, and win, the NFC CG. it would be a huge upset for anyone to beat them. And with Brady in the SB, you have a 70% chance of winning. If they dont add him, they win rinse/repeat the last few years of close but no cigar until their window closes. Its really about whether they want to actually win the SB or not

  24. Redeemer Says:

    Bucsfan13, among other things, Brady is the best play action passer in history. You’re telling me because Brady can’t run the naked that SF wouldn’t be interested? They have a devastating run game and Brady would be able to pick defenses apart with that line and talent. You make it work. Sure Kyle would need to modify some stuff, but not enough to be a deal breaker. Just my opinion. Btw I’m calling him Kyle cuz I don’t want to spell his last name lol.

  25. Redeemer Says:

    Dance and rod, agree 100%

  26. Steven007 Says:

    There are no guarantees in the NFL. We see that reinforced every year. The Rams totally crapped the bed this year. Even we were competitive the year after we won the super bowl. The Seahawks came out of nowhere to be competitive. The jaguars did a complete 180. Yes, a few teams did as expected as always. But there are always surprises. To pretend that Brady in San Fran is an instant super bowl appearance is ludicrous.

  27. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Maybe the 49ers will just draft another QB in the late rounds again.

  28. uhmmm Says:

    Imagine that 49ers Offense that thrives on a good amount of dink and dunk, brining in Brady. Sounds like a match made in heaven

  29. zzbucs Says:

    @Rod Munch

    With all due respect Rod, Shannahan had a big responsibility on both QB getting hurt, just watch the tape again….

    So Shannahan has all the creativity, I give you that, but on plain simple plays I have my reservations…….

    Please watch both plays and then come back and tell me what you saw……

    I saw bad coaching there, a beast at defense against an alternate TE one on one…..

  30. Hondo Says:

    99% Brady will be in SF next season.

  31. geno711 Says:

    Hondo Says:
    January 31st, 2023 at 2:03 pm
    99% Brady will be in SF next season.

    Ha ha, ha, ha.

    My best laugh on Joebucsfan ever.

  32. LastDance Says:

    Steven007 – Was it ludicrous to bet on Brady making it to 8 straight championship games and 5 SB with the Pats? If you have a good roster and a great coach, you are a Star QB away from getting to the big game with a great chance of winning in crunch time. With Brady you have a 70% chance of winning. I would put hard earned money on it the day he signed (if it happens) knowing only too many injuries can derail. Of course, with all the devastating injuries last year and mental health collapses (2021) he still was one shirty Defensive call away from overtime against the Rams (has he ever lost an overtime playoff game? Ill heave to check, pretty sure not) and a likely win.

  33. Rod Munch Says:

    zzbucs – QBs get hit all the time, fluke injuries are hardly on the head coach. Also Shannahan is probably, at this point, the best offensive mind in the game, I’m pretty sure he can draw up some plays to give Brady extra protection if needed. But Brady also takes care of himself in any case.

    I want Brady back with the Bucs, but if the 49ers want Brady, and they’d be stupid not to want him, then it makes all the sense in the world for Lynch to make it happen. It’s like Winston said, you can’t be mad when you lose your job to the greatest of all-time, and that’s the same thing Lance and Brock will be saying.

    With all that said, I hope the Bucs can figure out something to keep Brady, since otherwise its full teardown and rebuild time, and another 2 decades of losing.

  34. Bucs56 Says:

    49ers make perfect sense. Roster to win now but no certainty at QB and brady for 1 year. But Tom isn’t moving 3 times zones away from all 3 kids. He was flying to NYC to see his oldest during the season. No dad for 6 months in SF. I don’t see it happening. If miami is a sure no, then bucs or jets.

  35. Joe M Says:

    I DO NOT WANT TOM BRADY BACK WITH THE BUCS NEXT YEAR!!!! JOE? ARE YOU CRAZY?? Do you really believe Brady will do better with “NoBalls” Boles at hc? Are you delusional? Another year with TB and No balls Boles will be another heartbreaking season for us fans to watch.

  36. NEfan Says:

    Perfect scenario. Cut Garapolo that’s $25-$30 mil and trade Lance if and that’s a big IF? Purdy can even play again. He may not be back until after training camp. Brady isn’t going to ask SF to pay him $40-$50M, that’s what Carr and Roger’s will want. This is a win, win for SF. Not to mention the revenue stream.

  37. sasquatch Says:

    No more Brady articles until there’s actual news… How about let’s try that. Jeezus Fooking Kreiste, this is worse than last year already.

  38. Bucs56 Says:

    Joe M

    With brady you can still rebuild in the draft while trying to win now. Division is wide open and anything can happen in the playoffs. Tossing seasons away is for the NBA not NFL.
    I do agree I don’t see why Bowles is back.

  39. NEfan Says:

    Joe M@ agreed, Bucs without Brady could be the cellar dwellers in the south. Even with him I see a repeat of this season. The only way this would change is if BL was the true eff up we thought he was and he caused the majority of this.

  40. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    So long as the team is entgertaining, I’m all in.

  41. NEfan Says:

    Just read the top 30 QB’s net worth. Manning and Brady are tied at $250M Fran Tarkington is #2 at $500M and Staubach is #1 at $600M. Brady’s is low because of the home town discounts he gave the Patriots.

  42. Redeemer Says:

    Rod and zz, blocking the eagles best pass rusher with a TE was a tremendous mistake. He did it not once but thrice before he changed tactics. By then the game was out of hand. Kyle has an arrogance about him, just like daddy. The big difference is dad had Steve Young and John Elway. He’s a great designer and play caller. BUT, look what happened in 51. It took forever to get the calls in. Had he simply run the ball at the 10 minute mark of the 4th quarter, the Patriots run out of time. He’s a great coach, no doubt. But he’s beholden to the scheme and script.

  43. Redeemer Says:

    What’s being moderated?

  44. Redeemer Says:

    Someone hates the Redeemer, I love you mods. Xoxoxooxxoo

  45. stpetebucfan Says:

    There is one variable I haven’t seen mentioned. Tom Brady will not need $$$

    I know it’s hard for some of you to imagine wealth valued at 300 MILLION with a 400 MILLION $ contract waiting after retirement as ENOUGH!

    Tom and Giselle together were close to one BILLION! She had the larger contribution.

    So for perspective. Brady is playing for “fun”, his addiction, and the biggest consideration will be the chance to win. SF obviously provides that. Secondly of course is the chance to finish his career at home.

    Here is how irrelevant money is to this deal. 35 million would still only represent less than 5% of his future wealth. Brady has taken discounts from early in his career to be on a WINNING team. Now that he’s absurdly wealthy why would that change. He’ll take whatever Lynch can creatively offer that “looks” good on paper. TB would play for free next year if it wasn’t disrespectful. If Lynch can create a “paper contract” that makes it LOOK like Brady is earning a respectful that is enough. There are creative ways to do that without actually costing SF anything.

    Brady’s contract doesn’t expire until 3/15 so “technically”
    nobody can deal with him. But he could certainly come to an understanding through back channels and then on St. Patricks Day Brady announces he has the “Luck or the Irish” (the tattoo I gave myself for my 75th birthday) and he’s thrilled to be back HOME!

    Bottom line-It’s ALL speculation at this point.

  46. Bucs56 Says:

    NE fan. Brady is low cause Giselle just took half his net worth!

  47. stpetebucfan Says:

    Bucs56 No Giselle did NOT take half of his net worth. She took HER net worth which according to celebritynetworth was Giselle 400 million Tom 250 million.

    Oh noes the horrors for poor Tom. How can he possibly get by on JUST 250 million with a 400 million $$$ deal waiting after retirement. The ONLY way Tom could match Giselle’s share is to quit and start earning those TV $$ on top of mountains of cash from being seen all the time like Shaq. That represents some big money!

    Take just one deal…Shaq now owns NINE Papa John’s Pizza places in Atlanta. He gets 20 cents for each “Shaqaroni” pizzas sold…with 3 million sold in 2020 that represented $600,000!!! Don’t know about ’21 and ’22 but doubtful the figure dropped. Brady can pretty much earn whatever he wants depending on how choosy he is for clients.

  48. NEfan Says:

    Buc56@ if there wasn’t prenuptial agreements in place Giselle would owe him money. She is supposed to be worth about $500M. Double his net worth.

    I hate to say it but I agree with stp@ Lynch could easily make Brady’s contract based on incentives and save by ditching Garapolos $25M. Why not? What does SF have to lose?

  49. LastDance Says:

    stpetebucfan- 100%

  50. geno711 Says:

    Garappolo is a free agent. There is no dumping a contract. He has no contract for next season.

    San Fran has to consider signing free agents,
    Nick Bosa
    Emmanuel Moseley
    Mike McGlinchey
    Jimmie Ward
    Brandon Aiyuk

  51. mg Says:

    San Fran would be on the way to 3 in a row if they would have signed TB-12 out of Foxborough. Lynch and the offensive genius coach are egotistical misfits. Such a waste of talent.

  52. NEfan Says:

    geno sign them and push them down the road. Bucs did this to perfection and should have gone back to back SB’s if not for Blows. Bucs 3rd year you win the division, run over. Nothing wrong with that stretch. No team will dominate for two decades like the Pat’s. Take what you can get and move on.

  53. Buccos Says:

    I too am in the keep Brady camp. He is definitely our best option for the upcoming season. With a better line and Gronk back in the fold we could have a great offense again, especially if we get Monken back. Then Bowles can focus on the defense only. If we resign our best players on defense we should be formidable once again and win our division as well. Oh I almost forgot… We must cut bait with #76. He sucks and he isn’t getting any better. He had a good career for a 2nd round pick. Bu bye!

  54. Cobraboy Says:

    I’d be surprised if the 9ers catch the Iggles. Iggles have 2 #1’s this year. Not sure of their cap situation, though.

  55. BucsfanFred Says:

    Who forgot to flush the bowls?
    Who,, who,, who who,. Who left the bowls full?

  56. BelleGladeBuc Says:

    Brock Purdy’s arm strength and velocity will be significantly increased after he recovers from his Tommy John Surgery in a years time, which is good news for him and the 49er’s.

    MLB pitchers routinely have a marked increase to their fastball velocity after recovery.

    Brock Purdy will miss the entire football season next season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

    This means that the 49er’s will only have one QB in Trey Lance on their roster.


  57. steele Says:

    Hassan Reddick may well have knocked the 49ers out of contention for 2023. In any other time, if the Bucs were a good team with a QB like Brady locked and ready, what an opportunity to take the NFC with SF compromised. But no.
    Bucs with Bowles will likely not be that contender.

    Unless Purdy has a miraculous recovery, which is pushing it. At least 6 mos for a repair, no camp, is as stupid as the ideas that Ryan Jensen would be back midseason and 100%. If Purdy has Tommy John, bye bye for 1.5 years. And at the end of ANY procedure is whether his arm has strength. Jake Delhomme was garbage after his Tommy John, no matter what he claimed.

    Trey Lance is trash, but if the 49ers want to be cost-effective, he will get his shot, and they will suffer him, and probably lose. In that scenario, maybe they sign a cheap backup, but wait for Purdy.

    But there are no guarantees they will have prime C ock for a SB run in the next 2 seasons. I think it’s a 50/50 proposition.

    Shanahan and Lynch have to be sweating right now.

  58. steele Says:

    If Shanahan and Lynch are serious about a SB run in 2023, not 2024, then they will have to consider signing Brady or another one-season starting fill-in. Their Earl Morrall, for you historians out there.

  59. LastDance Says:

    Hey Belle. If TB12 plays again, I think it is only for 1 year to right the savage wrong of this past season. He is literally the perfect stop gap for the 49ers. Lance will NOT win them a championship. Kyle may not know that, but I guarantee Lynch does. Whether they come to an accord and decide to bring in Brady on a super cap friendly deal and add some OLine depth and resign their most valuable free-agents is still to be seen. I am amazed they are OK with always coming up short with the best roster in the game for the last 3 years… except for QB.

  60. Rod Munch Says:

    Redeemer – He got a very mediocre QB in Jimmy G to a SB, that’s insanely impressive. Plus he just got a 7th round rookie QB to get them to the NFC Championship game. If you don’t think either of those is a big deal, then there’s something wrong with you.

  61. former pats fan Says:

    mg said it best: “San Fran would be on the way to 3 in a row if they would have signed TB-12 out of Foxborough. Lynch and the offensive genius coach are egotistical misfits. Such a waste of talent.”

    certainly had a shot at that.

    k.s.’s ego was too big like his dad.
    having his qb go down 3 years in a row might humble him enough to bring him down to every other human level and cut a call into brady when brady is free to do so

  62. BelleGladeBuc Says:


    Jake Delhome got Tommy John surgery over 16 years ago.

    In that decade and a half Tommy John surgery has had major medical advancements and breakthroughs.

    It’s routine and almost guaranteed that after your year plus post op recovery that your arm will be stronger than it was before the surgery.

    The more pressing issue for the 49ers in 2023 is that Purdy is out for next season because of his UCL tear, Jimmy G is a unrestricted free agent and Trey Lance is their only QB on the roster for 2023.