Report: Tom Brady Could Potentially Return To New England Patriots
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Tom Brady could be returning to the New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick following the conclusion of the 2022 NFL season, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe. Brady is scheduled to become a free agent this upcoming offseason and Howe explained why the Patriots are not to be overlooked as Brady’s potential destination for a 24th season.
“Don’t ever write off the Patriots,” Howe said in his recent article. “The Patriots are slated to have more than $50 million in cap space in 2023, so they can again address their flaws, this time on the heels of a couple of impressive draft classes. Brady and [head coach] Bill Belichick still have an abundance of respect for one another. They’ve made points to say it publicly on multiple occasions since the QB departed for Tampa. They also spent 23 minutes together in the visiting locker room at Gillette Stadium following Brady’s return in 2021 — an appointment they set up prior to the game.”
In addition to the Patriots, Howe also named the Tennessee Titans, Las Vegas Raiders, and San Francisco 49ers as potential destinations for Brady after this season. The 49ers reportedly are the team Brady has grown up a fan of when he was staying in San Mateo, California. This season has not gone the way Brady and the Bucs team expected, as they prepare to host division rival New Orleans Saints this upcoming Monday.
The Bucs currently sit atop of the division with a 5-6 losing record, and the Saints are not far behind them sitting at 4-8 on the season. Brady is struggling to put together a high-powered offensive attack in his third year with the Bucs, after having done so his first two seasons. Bruce Arians stepped down as head coach this offseason, in addition to his offensive line seeing a major shift in personnel in comparison to the last two seasons.
Starting center Ryan Jensen suffered a significant injury, while former OL Ali Marpet retired during the offseason. Brady will also be without stalwart right tackle Tristan Wirfs on Monday.
Brady initially retired earlier in the year, but announced his return to the Bucs after approximately 40 days. That decision is one factor that may have contributed to his divorce from now ex-wife Gisele Bundchen, according to reports in Page Six. On October 28th, Brady announced he and Bundchen finalized their divorce after 13-years of marriage.
Brady called the divorce painful. The former couple share a 12-year-old son and a nine-year-old daughter and Brady has another son, 15-year-old Jack, with his ex Bridget Moynahan. An estimated $26 million property portfolio is among one of the assets the couple reportedly divided up, though their actual net worth and asset portfolio is not public record.
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