The Athletic’s Jeff Howe thinks Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady might return to the New England Patriots this offseason to once more play beneath coach Bill Belichick.
For a bit revealed Wednesday, Howe famous that Brady and Belichick, “still have an abundance of respect for one another.” After Brady and the Buccaneers defeated Belichick and the Patriots in October 2021, the 2, “spent 23 minutes together in the visiting locker room at Gillette Stadium…an appointment they set up prior to the game.”
As for the monetary side of Brady signing with the staff that was his NFL house from the 2000 draft by way of the 2019 season, Howe identified that the Patriots “are slated to have more than $50 million in cap space in 2023.” Such accessible funds theoretically would enable New England to land the seven-time Super Bowl champion and different targets in free company.
Howe wrote that Brady doubtless would need to decide his offensive coordinator in New England until the 45-year-old felt comfy working alongside assistants Matt Patricia and Joe Judge for not less than one season. One factor Brady would not have to fret about is the standing of Mac Jones, because the 2021 first-round draft decide is on a relatively inexpensive rookie contract that runs by way of 2024 and features a fifth-year possibility. Jones might sit behind the G.O.A.T and be taught for a whole yr until the Patriots shopped the 24-year-old to would-be patrons.
Former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light informed WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” on Wednesday he thinks a Brady-Belichick reunion is feasible, if solely due to Brady’s want to win.
“Listen, I wouldn’t put anything past him,” Light stated of Brady, in accordance with Jenna Lemoncelli of the New York Post. “Look, the man needs to win, and he is aware of methods to do it with a man like Belichick. I feel he’s seen the variations now. He’d solely performed for Bill, then he goes right down to Tampa. He’s had a couple head coaches down there now. He might conceivably come again and need to be with a confirmed winner. That wouldn’t shock me in any respect.”
Brady raised eyebrows earlier this month when he admitted he nonetheless watches the Patriots “every week,” and he recently stated he would reasonably lose video games than not play in any respect. While whispers about Brady taking part in past 2022 have grown louder all through the continued season, it is believed he needs to stay in shut proximity to his youngsters. Reports surfaced following their divorce that Gisele Bündchen, Brady’s ex-wife, bought a house within the Miami Beach space.