Julian Edelman Believes Tom Brady Won’t Play For Bucs In 2023

January 19th, 2023

Close friend speaks.

Former Belicheats receiver Julian Edelman is tight with Tom Brady. They are bros (along with foot-rubbing Rob Gronkowski).

So few people know Brady like Edelman does, though even to his closest friends, as Gerald McCoy said yesterday, Brady is a “mystery.”

Edelman doesn’t believe Brady will return to the Bucs for the 2023 season. Whether he plays or not, Edelman is certain Brady’s Bucs days are finished. p

Edelman is a co-host of “Inside the NFL” seen on Paramount. There, after being asked by fellow co-host Phil Simms where Brady will be in 2023, Edelman said Brady is gone from the Bucs simply because the Bucs no longer give Brady the best chance to win a Super Bowl.

“If he has another season it won’t be in Tampa Bay,” Edelman said. “Tom is a businessman. Tom is a smart guy. He’s going to do exactly what he did when he left New England. He’s going to the best situation that helps him win — if he wants to continue his playing career.”

Anything is possible with Brady, but if the Bucs keep failed offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, there is no way in hell the Bucs make a Super Bowl run. That’s all there is to it.

With a dynamic offensive coordinator? Well, that might change Brady’s mind.

The first reason Edelman gave for Brady leaving is that he’s a businessman. That’s true. And that’s where Team Glazer comes into play.  Team Glazer are businessmen (and a businesswoman). Joe has to believe Team Glazer has a ploy up its sleeve to lure Brady back, unless they are tired of the vault loads of cash Brady brings to the franchise.

If Brady wants to come back.

Just from a football perspective, of the teams looking for a quarterback, Miami seems to be gift-wrapped for Brady. San Francisco appears to have found its quarterback (by accident).

Yeah, the Dolphins will say all the right things about Tua. But no sober person would pool all his cash for Tua with a chance to get Brady. Miami is one quarterback away from making a serious Super Bowl run.

Brady may be that quarterback.

36 Responses to “Julian Edelman Believes Tom Brady Won’t Play For Bucs In 2023”

  1. Go Bucs Go Says:

    Yup, Brady is a “next ring is my favorite ring” religion worshipper. At his age, he is not playing to prolong his career. One and only objective is to hunt for Super Bowl win. Make no mistake, he will love and appreciate teammates along the way, but at the end of day, he will make decision based on where I can pursue the next ring as opposed to where I feel most comfortable. People keep misjudging him based on their own assumptions, but Brady has been always consistent on who he is. He is ultimate competitive maniac that no human can relate to. He’ll most likely go elsewhere for next season. Those who think he will even consider retirement as a viable option are crazy wrong.

    Farewell, Brady. Onto wherever!

    Go Bucs.

  2. PassingThru Says:

    Edelman is just speculating, even by hid own admission.

    But my speculation is the same. Too many problems with coaching and personnel to the point where the team simply packed it in whenever they faced adversit, which was often.

    I’d add NYJ to the list.

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    I agree with Edelman; Brady won’t back with the Bucs. And that’s not a bad thing. Bucs need to make some very hard changes, and we need to be making those based on what’s best for the Bucs moving forward, not what’d be best to lure Tom Brady back for one more year. I fully expect that 2023 will be painful, but it’s in our long-term interests to accept the hits now rather than later.

  4. Hodad Says:

    No way he comes back here. Only place that really makes sense would be Miami. My hope is we see him doing at least one buc game next year for FOX.

  5. AbucAway Says:

    If Edelman is saying this publicly, then I have to think he has Tom’s blessing. Call it done and let’s start the ‘rebuild’ or ‘reload’. Btw, where does the term reload end and the term reload begin? Are there specific actions that distinguishes one term from the other?

  6. AbucAway Says:

    Reload to rebuild*

  7. adam from ny Says:

    sayonara tommy b 🙁

  8. Hail2dabucs Says:

    This guy’s word means diddly poo ! I remember Edelman and Brady at a baseball game where Edelman mouthed to the camera ” he’s coming back & Brady said he’s lying . That was before he bolted new England! At this point what’s best for Tampa Bay buccaneers is for this guy to be gone . Thanks for the lst 3 seasons Tommy, now go spend time with the kiddos

  9. DungyDance Says:

    Dolphins GM (the guy in charge of luring Brady) already said they’re sticking with Tua. His exact words a few days ago … “Tua Tagovailoa is our starting quarterback. I don’t know if I can say that anymore clearly.” I agree that Miami makes the most sense, but this is straight from the horse’s mouth and is more than just “saying all the right things.” He said point blank they’re sticking with Tua.

    Vegas seems more probable, even with the distance problem.

  10. Da Bucs Guy Says:

    He did not want to play for the Bucs in 2022.

  11. Bobby M. Says:

    His options are narrowing down to just a few….most contenders have their guy. Miami seems interested in a long term upgrade like Lamar Jackson or staying committed to Tua who definitely made strides. San Fran seems to have their guy, Vegas is in play but if the objective is competing for championships, that’s a brutal division and he’s way out west away from his kids. The path of least resistance is the NFC South….it’s possible he joins Payton in NO. They have talent and solid defense. Maybe the Jets….it’s tough to find a combo of need + contender + stay near kids.

  12. SufferingSince76 Says:

    The teams that have the best shot at a Super Bowl already have their QB’s. The Raiders are not a QB away from a Super Bowl. Josh McDaniels is not a good head coach, either.

  13. BucsNoles Says:

    Agree Miami is a good fit for TB
    His children(most of them) are there – I think
    Miami has a good team to put around him
    Me thinks TB would love nothing better than to beat the Patriots twice and be the first to win 3 SBs with 3 different teams

  14. PSL Bob Says:

    The only way Brady succeeds with any team is if they have an offensive line and/or protection scheme that gives him time to throw. He can’t scramble, and that eliminates a lot of potential plays. Other QBs can pick up first downs when the pocket collapses. Brady can not. So you need a good running game and a great offensive line. That eliminates the Bucs. Even if Brady comes back, he only has 1, maybe two, years of shelf life. I say it’s time to pull off the band aid and start preparing for the future. It was a fun 3 years, but it’s over.

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We would have to move on from Brady at some point…..let’s get it over with….we had essentially the same team we had in 20, 21…..but the big difference was switching from BA to Bowles…….FAILURE.
    I think Brady knows Bowles isn’t a good HC……

    I thought, If he plays, he stays…..now I’m not so sure.

  16. HC Grover Says:

    Brady is now a TV host. he will not return to a Bowls Blunderfest.

  17. Bubby Says:

    Tommy didn’t want to be in Tampa in 2022… and it showed. He’s clearly gone.

  18. Jack Sparrow Says:

    If SanFo does not reach Superbowl this year, definitely, SF will take Brady in a heartbeat.

  19. Kentucky Buc Says:

    A running game equals time to throw. It’s not rocket surgery. Every time your mobile QBs run or try to extend plays might be the last time . Look at Murray, Lamar, Tua, Hurts this year. Just a matter of time before Allen goes down with a major injury. Takes way to many chances running the ball. At least he’s big enough to take some hits. The rest just are made to take hits running the ball. Short careers are all that’s in store for the so called mobile QBs.

  20. Cobraboy Says:

    If Brady goes to Miami, then Miami has a QB controversy, depending on how Tua accepts it.

    Right now, concussions aside, Tua > Brady statistically.

    I doubt the ‘Fins would get rid of Tua for a season of Brady, so they would still have to take the 5th-year option, not to mention an extension.

    If Tua thinks he got screwed because of Brady, why would he re-sign with them?

    If Brady goes to Miami, there is an excellent chance the ‘Fins will be screwed out of a top-shelf QB for years. For what? An immobile 46-year-old who wants to be near his kids? Who melted down in the playoffs when it mattered most?

    While Brady’s tank is not yet on E, it’s not too far away. And no team is just a QB away from a Lombardi. And signing Brady would be long-term malpractice for a GM.

    Unless, of course, an owner wants him that badly.

  21. BradentuckeyBuc Says:

    “we had essentially the same team we had in 20, 21”

    With the exception of a few “minor role players” like Gronk, AB, Marpet, Jensen, Cappa, JPP, Suh…

  22. ChiBuc Says:

    It will be nice to one day read a buccaneers article & replies that don’t contain the words Tom or Brady. Sick of this boring circular drama the past 2 years. I also never want to see a buccaneer QB duck his head flinching and throw a floater pick in the end zone during a playoff game.

    It was a fun ride until this season, now it is just sickening.

  23. SB~LV Says:

    A piece of the team and a role in the FO is the best that the Glazer’s can do, of course he already had that in the smoky room in Miami 18 months ago. That deal would still beat out Tampa by every measure.
    Miami has always been a wonderful town especially if you have the money to fully enjoy it.

  24. McBucky Says:

    Todd was given the keys to a car he didn’t know how to drive. When he tried he
    just drove it into the ground.

  25. Go Bucs Go Says:

    Sorry, Cobraboy…

    50-year Brady >>>>>>>>> Tua
    Availability is one of key abilities for QB, didn’t you know that?
    Brady, once FULLY COMMITTED, he does not care about family matters like normal people do. He chose football over family. Trying to be close to family is a window dressing for this guy. Look at his actions not his words. HE UNRETIRED FOR FOOTBALL OVER FAMILY!!!

    Looking back, Bucs roster was broken this year which he tried to quickly patch up by bringing in Julio, Ryan, Gage, Akiem, Mason… but he couldn’t do it. Admirably, he managed to overcome flawed roster, incompetent coaching in all levels and phases, personal marriage issue, FTX class action lawsuit.. to sneak into 3rd consecutive playoff. Oh did I mention worst running game, decimated O line, injuries to WRs… among things he needed to overcome?

    Yes, he played TERRIBLE in the early series against Dallas. But after INT at the end zone, I just hoped that maybe defense would bail him out just once by shifting the momentum. Well, was it too much to ask? Was our strength (defense) gassed already at that point!?!

    With Dolphins offensive firepower, Brady would’ve achieved more than what Tua has for Miami. No offense to Tua, though. This Bucs team was mentally fragile, undisciplined, not focused… people say when Brady threw the INT, they knew this game was already decided. Pretty sure that is what went through Bucs players’ mind. Losers. Brady and Todd Bowles brought up lack of team efforts in mid season… both called them out. No matter, they rarely responded. Flash here and there. Much more ups and downs. Inconsistency. Clear sign of weak team. Brady was shown occasionally during games uttering harsh words, encouraging words and cheerleading O line to get anything going. His voice became hoarse due to that. What more can he do?!? Babysit these grown men?!? He can do so much.

    Forget about him, now. Because he is long gone. He may still love this team alright. This year was simply not meant to be. He was supposed to join Payton in Miami, but Bruce Arians trapped him into promoting his protégés for one more year. Oh well. It’s all over. Nice try. Fun first 2 years, not 2022… the way the year started and ended.

    Go Bucs!

  26. Bucs56 Says:

    Edelman speculation about motive is right, but to say bucs have no chance is wrong. The teams that need a QB with chance to win are all AFC. Allen, Mahomes and burrow make that a difficult path. It would seem NFC is best route and tampa close to his kidsi. I think he retires and it is over.

  27. Manny Says:

    Im100% he wont. Why would he want to. He needs a real coach to work with like bill and bruce. He fiy got a piece of shh coach for a year and it really shook him to his core. He will play in Tennessee, vegas, miami or 49ers. Why would he want to come back unless the new offensive coorfinator they hire is someone brady picks. We all knows bowles is leaving

  28. Manny Says:

    I mean leftnut

  29. Manny Says:

    He wont announce anything until after the superbowl like last year. He doesnt want all that atenttion on him during the playoffs

  30. Mike Says:

    It’s time for Brady to move on. It’s time for the Bucs to move on to whatever wasteland awaits them as well. My hope is that they refocus their efforts on building out the offensive and defensive lines, cut big ticket FA’s and build primarily through the draft over the next few years. I would let Trask run the show and if he sinks or swims it will help the Bucs either way.

  31. Rayjay1122 Says:

    If I were TB12, I would also go elsewhere. When he came to Tampa the BUCS were an unopened bag of chips and now have become stale. Time to throw them away.

  32. Buc4evr Says:

    TB12 knows that he can no longer win with this dumpster fire of a coaching staff and depleted team. He is moving on and I don’t blame him.

  33. Bucamania Says:

    TB12 is not coming back. Thanks for the memories Tom.

  34. mark2001 Says:

    Who really felt strongly he would? He certainly didn’t look like a guy that planned to be here next year, for most of last year.

  35. mark2001 Says:

    Jack… if San Fran doesn’t get to the big dance, that is the team I think Brady would be looking at closely, and visa versa.

  36. Ben Harvey Says:

    If they secure Bill O Brian and make a few good decisions on FA and the draft, I think they could be back in it.

    Brady also will want to be around his family. For that reason alone his choices are limited.