Brady-To-49ers Chatter Picks Up

January 30th, 2023

All it took was an elbow injury to the 49ers’ rookie sensation quarterback on Sunday to, apparently, get NFL executives talking.

Longtime NFL writer Mike Sando, now working for behind a paywall, annually polls general managers and compiles and shares their thoughts on many subjects.

It’s not Sando’s time of year for that, but he was taking the pulse of the NFL community a bit when it comes to Tom Brady for his new column. He found a suit saying Brady to the 49ers (at a hometown discount) is popular talk around the league.

“I think they will trade Trey Lance to Tennessee and then they will end up with Brady and Brady will play one year for his home team, and they will have Brock Purdy as the backup,” an exec from another team predicted Sunday. “That is the chatter. They have the defense already, Brady wants to win one more, and this is right up the 49ers’ alley.”

It was inevitable, the dot-connecting of Brady growing up in the San Francisco area and Purdy’s fresh injury, plus the 49ers getting hammered by the Eagles yesterday.

Joe can’t speak to the desperation of the 49ers with their high draft pick, Lance, coming off a major injury, and the upstart seventh-round pick Purdy who stunned the NFL with his readiness and poise.

Joe couldn’t blame Brady for jumping on the opportunity if it were available, but Joe is skeptical Brady would want to go to team where fans might be screaming for the backup QB at the first sign of Brady looking 46 years old.

67 Responses to “Brady-To-49ers Chatter Picks Up”

  1. LastDance Says:

    You really think TB12 will look 46 with those weapons and Shanahan calling plays? If so, you have no reason watching or discussing football. That is nonsense. He will be in the MVP discussion if he goes there.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    He’s not going to the 49ers. JP Peterson said on his show today he stated that Tom Brady is definitely coming back to the Bucs if he plays. Just watch his column. Alex Guerrero camp.

  3. LastDance Says:

    If they ask… he will go. It hasn’t really been an option before the injury.

  4. NEfan Says:

    Anonymous, no one is supposed to be talking right now but it’s the perfect scenario for all parties. Shanahan gets rid of old baggage Lance & Garapolo. Signs Brady 1.season for $30M, Purdy practices and rides the pine during games learning from the best. Perfect set of weapons for Brady’s game, chase a SB and Purdy more seasoned going into 2024. Brady rides off in the sunset in the area he grew up in.

  5. DBS Says:

    How many QB’S did that team manage to get injured this year? And he is 46 and what we think is he doesn’t want to take a hit.

  6. steele Says:

    The Purdy injury definitely changes the dynamic. Because now there is a pretty desperate need for the 49ers to have a QB1 to play for one season, and this need might encourage Brady and Shanahan to put aside the friction and ego issues between them. I could see Brady, who is a Purdy fan, taking the role of a mentor, not a threat to replace.

    Niners have not given up on Trey Lance,but they are also not pleased with him. Jimmy G will want to start somewhere, and his availability, like with Brady, would depend on the market.

    Purdy is going to be out 6 mos. at a minimum if he is fortunate and gets his torn UCL repaired rather than reconstructed, and would miss camp. If he needs Tommy John, forget it, out for the season and beyond.

    A super recovery and rehab would be needed. The bad news for the kid is that his arm strength wasn’t super to begin with. This injury could weaken him, so it’s career threatening.

  7. The Anomaly Says:


    Leaving this circus behind.

  8. LastDance Says:

    DBS… That line is way better… WAY better than the 2022 Bucs was. Brady got hurt a couple times but played every meaningful snap. He knows how to get rid of the ball faster than anyone ever so I think he will get the job done in SF

  9. Oddball Says:

    LastDance Says: He will be in the MVP discussion if he goes there.

    He’ll be in traction if he goes there.

  10. NEfan Says:

    Ironic both Lance and Garapolo both got hurt scrambling or trying to run. Brady is far more aware of his surroundings than Purdy
    Chances are he avoids the hit/sack. He has a far more chance getting hurt behind the Bucs line than 9ers. LT, Williams>Smith by far.

  11. AB Says:

    There is no way Niners are giving up on Lance…if they wanted a Purdy-type QB they would have saved the draft capital and signed Jimmy.

    I seriously doubt SF has any interest in Brady…sure, going to SF is great for Brady but how is it good for SF. They have two QBs that they believe they can with that are costing peanuts, combined. They are signing any high priced FA QB – no way

  12. LastDance Says:

    If he thinks he cannot play at an MVP level, I think he retires. He knows if this year was circumstance or decline. Probably only he knows. And he takes Gronk to SF with Kittle… HAHAHA.

  13. SKBucsFan Says:

    It’s his best chance for an 8th ring. They are a QB away from winning. The best GM in football will make it happen.

  14. Pewter Power Says:

    Again? They’ve got 3 quarterbacks right now and just made it to the nfc championship. Where’s the basic common sense. Only the 7th round Purdy would sit behind him the other two will want a trade so it makes no sense whatsoever to want him

  15. I’m not tired anymore because we just won the Super Bowl! Says:

    Last dance is a 49er homer. No Bucs fan that’s for sure! Go Bucs! Brady will be back!

  16. LastDance Says:

    Im not. I was for Philly. Im a Brady homer. I want him to have fun so I can enjoy watching one Last Dance! This year was not fun!

  17. sasquatch Says:

    So, I guess we’re just gonna follow every fresh rumor about Brady for another offseason. Jeezus H. Kreiste, what a clusterf**k.

    How’s Johnny Football doing?

  18. sasquatch Says:

    Let Brady do what he’s gonna do. I do not have the patience for another offseason being led around by a new rumor every day. What a bunch of crap.

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    The truth is, anyone claiming to have the inside scoop is lying. Anyone.

    Brady isn’t talking about it. He wants to take his time. I don’t blame him…but we cannot just wait. The Bucs have to work on the team and get it up to par, either way…because if they decide to tank, I ain’t watchibg them.

  20. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    So apparently the website thinks I am duplicating posts…

  21. BucThis Says:

    Shanahan’s QB’s never survive a season. Does Brady want a team where he gets beat up? I really thought Miami was his next stop. We will see.

  22. Gregv56 Says:

    I agree with Sasquatch! Can we not have an off-season of new Brady rumors everyday? I’m so grateful for everything go a easy did for us but it’s time to move on.

  23. Gregv56 Says:

    Please cancel the last post. Sorry for the typos

  24. Ballwin Bucs Fan Says:

    Hard to imagine Brady wanting to play behind the line that got FOUR QBs seriously injured this year

  25. Mikejp Says:

    TB Williams only Stats ìf Bowles is packed.

  26. Sal Says:

    He ain’t going to the 49ers #!! They already have their quarterback

  27. lambchop Says:

    Brady has too much pride to go to the 49ers after being looked over by them. Trey Lance being traded might happen during the draft, if he heals from his injury and there are no set backs. If Purdy avoids surgery, they will roll with him. He’ll be ready for the start of the season. But, who will back him up?

    The light I want shined is on Garroppolo. He could have come back to play in the NFC CG, but he’s a big tuna fish, if you know what I mean. It’s known that he pissed off teammates in NE because he did the same thing there. He could have played after recovering from an injury, but chose not to until he was 100%.

    I mean, it’s great that you’re fighting the machine that is the NFL, but people need to stop supporting this guy. He clearly isn’t committed to being great.

  28. adam from ny Says:

    purdy’s arm is blown out…

    he will never catch the lightning in a bottle again like he did this year…

    example: remember jeremy lin for the ny knicks with “linsanity”…

    he’s done – that arm will never be the same…

    brady is getting over the pneumococcal pneumonia that lefty gave him…

    and he is heading home to sf to live in his old room in mom and dad’s house 🙁

  29. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    LOL, if Brady wants to win one more, he needs to join the Eagles!
    Even with Brady, the 49ers do not beat the Eagles.
    The Eagles are the best team in Football right now, and will destroy the Chiefs just like they destroyed the 49ers.
    And, even IF Purdy did not get hurt, the Eagles would have still won.

  30. adam from ny Says:

    ironically , i hate to say it…

    but tom will go to sf with big plans for a superbowl…

    but i have this odd feeling he too will unfortunately get hurt there too…

    they can’t keep a qb healthy these days out there in san fran…

    he really should stay here with his personal protector – “big red”

  31. Jack Clark Says:

    Brady rather be a live chicken than a dead hero. Make fun of him all you want for not wanting to get hit but at least he never got injured and was always available to play for us

  32. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    An interesting turn of events. Just goes to show how speculations made last week, based on the then current situations, can be almost meaning less this week.

    As a football fan I’m damned if I know what is going to happen with Tom Brady. Your guess is probaly better than mine.

  33. JimbobBucsFan Says:


  34. LastDance Says:

    Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:
    January 30th, 2023 at 11:53 pm
    LOL, if Brady wants to win one more, he needs to join the Eagles!
    Even with Brady, the 49ers do not beat the Eagles.
    The Eagles are the best team in Football right now, and will destroy the Chiefs

    Chris. Im beginning to think you dont understand football. The Eagles looked like garbage against the 49ers. They got luck upon luck upon luck to help them win that game. They may win the SB but their is 0% chance they win by more than a field goal… ZERO! I feel like you have a romantic interest in Hurts to say such a thing…

  35. LastDance Says:


  36. BucGuy Says:

    What all the talking heads are missing is the fact that Brady still wants to be near his kids… Not all the way across the country in a 3 hour less time zone. If his kids were grown and out of the house then we’re talking about a different scenario. Plus the pride factor of SF snubbing him before. Even Gronk said if he plays it’s with TB….

  37. Bucschamp Says:

    dear Brady you have better chances of winning another SB with the 49ers than toilet bowles bucs. Go there I forgive you

  38. Coburn Says:

    I can’t see it due solely to his family situation. People will talk crap speculating what happened between Giselle and him, but I can’t see him being in other side of country. His kids do seem important to him.

  39. LastDance Says:

    I would be for him staying on Bucs 100% except Bowles is a death knell on his career if he stays.
    I think the kids could come out and spend a lot of time with the grandparents 30 minutes from the stadium during the season. Im sure they home-school so the teachers can just work with them there.

  40. McBucky Says:

    Brady to the 49ers? Today it makes sense.

  41. captivajim Says:

    IF they seek out Brady –he’s gone !! & smartly so …..

  42. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    I just hope he wins another super bowl somewhere. Can’t see it happening here with Bowles as HC. wouldn’t mind seeing him doing it at SF or even back in New England.

  43. former pats fan Says:

    can’t remember who said it above re “sf has 3 qbs already.

    jimmy g is not signed next year
    sf pays the other 2 almost nothing. if they want they can keep them both with brady as qb 1 or trade one if they wish.

    more likely purdy is in on i.r. and brady could be qb1 and lance qb2.

    or they can trade lance and get a diff qb 2

    at any rate none of this prevents sf from going for brady or someone else.

    homersimpson, i dont see brady going to the patriots under any circumstances if belichick is still there.

    bill is uber jealous of the credit brady gets re the superbowl wins and crapped on him all the time (as an aside he’s been glowing of every other qb they’ve had. never was glowing of brady in the media. always talked him down). bill tried to get rid of him every year starting in 2014 but bob craft prevented it until he finally relented (allowing brady to go to the bucs) figuring bill would last longer than brady.

  44. ClavisRa Says:

    If Brady goes to the Niners he won’t win won more. He’ll win as many more as he can keep playing. They’ll be a juggernaut. History needs this. Brady finally getting to QB for his childhood team of his idol Montana and winning Superbowls with them is the storybook that simply has to be!

  45. Joe Swanson Says:

    It will Bradys swan song.

  46. AbucAway Says:

    There is no chance in ever burning h3ll Brady can QB in San Fran with that offensive line. 4 qb’s in one season. And all those qb’s absolutely had to scramble. ALOT. Even against bad teams that right side of the line crumbles worse than our left side. Brady was dodging ghosts all year with the Bucs offense. They’ll have to have to call in a cathedral of priests to perform an exorcism prior to every game just to give him hope.

    With that said, and even though I feel Tom should retire intact, I’d like to see him as a 9er with those weapons and that run game. Either he would do well, or get benched; like they did Montana.

    I think in the end, SF rolls with Purdy or Lance. One or two changes to that offensive line and keeping their defense intact will put them back to knocking on the door of the Super Bowl next year

  47. Hodad Says:

    I don’t know if they would’ve beat Philly with Tom Brady. We lost to some bad teams this year with Brady at QB. Philly’s D knocked two QB’s out of that game. You think they wouldn’t have gotten to Brady? Why? They’re that good. They didn’t even have to throw on San Fran, they ran it down their throat. We should look to the Philly model of success moving forward, and stop thinking we can only win if Tom comes back.

  48. AbucAway Says:

    I think San Fran is a Tristan Wirfs away from a Superbowl rather than a QB.

  49. Dave Peters Says:

    He will be tempted but Kyle Shanahan has now managed to loose 4 different quarterbacks through injury in one season. He leaves his qb’s unprotected and they often have to hold the ball resulting in these injuries. His modified west coast has cost them time and time again. Brady will want no part of that

  50. Allbuccedup Says:

    Lets see the real Jason Licht post Brady.

  51. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    Go find joe 9ers fan then bandwagon boy

  52. NEfan Says:

    Blodad, Philly ain’t that good, San Fran had no QB going into that game. Shanahan coached to protect t Purdy, gloves are off when you get into the playoffs. Welcome to the NFL Brock. DC has a whole different set of problems scheming against Brady.

  53. mark2001 Says:

    This was my prediction about a week ago, unless Purdy really lit it up on Sunday. Brady to SF, Rodgers to LV or the Jet’s. GB won’t trade Rodgers to an NFC team. NY desperately needs a QB. And LV has Adams and a good receiver corp. Brady can do a swansong tour as the QB in his home town, New homes for both guys.

  54. mark2001 Says:

    Joe…all they have to do is say they want to give Purdy a year after his likely Tommy John Surgery to rehab and develop his skills behind Brady. Heck with the fans. That attitude seems to work in Tampa Bay, so why not?

  55. Pryda sec 147 Says:

    Not happening, that coach doesn’t have it.

  56. Hodad Says:

    Philly ain’t that good? They suck, that’s why they’re in the SB.

  57. unbelievable Says:

    Can someone explain to me the logic of a 46 year old QB thinking that going to a team that has lost FOUR quarterbacks to injury in one season is somehow going to give him better protection in the pocket?

  58. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    I hope Brady goes someplace else…..cause the faster this franchise starts rebuilding…….the better.

  59. pewter941 Says:

    49ers need a qb who can run.

  60. Mike Says:

    I would put the odds at 60/40 with 60 on the 49ers and 40 on the Bucs.

  61. Faspro Says:

    BucGuy Says:
    January 31st, 2023 at 1:12 am
    What all the talking heads are missing is the fact that Brady still wants to be near his kids… Not all the way across the country in a 3 hour less time zone. If his kids were grown and out of the house then we’re talking about a different scenario…


  62. Allbuccedup Says:

    Coburn please if family was number one he would have retired after the superbowl. Its only about six months and hes done, in the meantime they can stay with grandma and grandpa during the summer. That gives Jezebel Gisele quality time to spend with her ju jit shu Gigolo boyfriend.

  63. Hondo Says:

    Brock Purdy is NOT A ROOKIE SENSATION.

  64. NEfan Says:

    No one is getting that Shanahan is starting to get the rep as not being able to close. Atl SB against Pat’s up 28-3 at half, losing to KC in SB and losing NFC title game 2 yrs straight. Think of the story line. This has media frenzy written all over it.

  65. NEfan Says:

    pewter, they had one, he’s on ir. How’d that work out?

  66. BOAT Says:

    All the comments here saying the 49ers will have Purdy as their QB going forward – he already had a weak arm to begin with, and now with that elbow injury, and reconstruction…….it is 100% for sure the 49ers are already looking for a replacement, and not just for the upcoming season either.

    Actually, the comments about the 49ers using Brady for just one year, then they go back to Purdy, don’t even really make sense. Purdy had a career ending type injury, and it’s an injury that even QB’s with rocket arms don’t usually come back from with any real success. If Brady goes to the 49ers, it is for more than one season.

  67. former pats fan Says:

    who is the only qb to play every regulars season game out of the last 6 seasons?
    same qb who has missed 4 games since 2014 and 2 were do to suspension for air in a football supposedly.

    that is right tom brady. posted on the colin cowherd show.

    if not for the guy who dove on his knee, it’d be even more impressive.
    still only qb in 6 years to not miss a game.