Colin Cowherd: “Somebody I trust outside this building at FOX told me a couple weeks ago, ‘I don’t think Brady is going to be a broadcaster any time soon, I think he wants to play.’ Brady set records last year, a couple of different records— attempts and completions at 45 years old. A lot of people limp to the end, but Elway didn’t, Roger Staubach didn’t, Derek Jeter didn’t, Kobe scored 61 in his last game as a Laker, Brady can still sling it. He’s not as good as he was, but remember, the San Francisco offense is built on ‘are you smart? Can you distribute the ball accurately? Can we pay you a good salary but not break the bank, we want to keep these weapons.’ I think you gotta buy into this [Brady unretiring]. Remember, when I asked Tom Brady ‘are you retired?’ he kind of gave a nebulous, fuzzy, non-concrete answer, and he didn’t stick the landing. People that day said ‘I loved the Brady interview but he kind of gave you a fuzzy answer on the retirement thing.’ I went back and watched it and thought ‘yeah, it was kind of fuzzy.’ We’ve got multiple people, Mike Silver, Rich Eisen, Trey Wingo, Tyler Dunne; these people are sourced. Aaron-Jets sounds like it’s going to happen, Brady to the Niners is still on the table.” (Full Segment Above)
Watch Colin Cowherd discuss why he believes Tom Brady’s retirement is not a done deal, as rumors have continued to swirl at the NFL Draft Combine that Brady will entertain the idea of returning to play for the San Francisco 49ers, the team he grew up rooting for as a kid in nearby San Mateo.
With Brock Purdy’s serious elbow injury, and Trey Lance’s uncertain surgically repaired ankle casting a shadow over San Francisco’s ready-to-win-now roster, Brady having the chance to ‘come home’ and win one more Super Bowl with arguably the league’s most elite roster has always seemed like a possibility.
NFL Network’s Rich Eisen said there was some buzz in Indianapolis last week around Brady and the Dolphins, as Miami already paid a steep penalty for tampering after they had ‘impermissible communications’ with Brady while he was with the Patriots in 2019, and the Buccaneers in 2021.
Miami boasts two of the fastest receivers in NFL history in Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, and head coach Mike McDaniel has created a quick-hitting, intermediate passing game that closely resembles the offense Brady ran in New England.
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is coming off the best statistical season of his career, but his health, especially when it comes to his susceptibleness to concussions could potentially scare the Dolphins into committing to him long-term.
Brady’s Buccaneers went 8-9 before being destroyed by the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Wild Card Round, but Brady did finish the season with the third-most passing yards in the league, a 66.8% completion percentage, a respectable 25/9 touchdown-to-interception ratio playing for a Tampa team decimated with offensive line injuries, and who ranked dead last in rushing yards.
Brady has said that his commitment to FOX Sports as an announcer would start in 2024, effectively leaving 2023 open should he want to return to the field.