Tom Brady is finished after this yr. Until he’s not. He’s returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2023. Until he indicators some place else.
All choices for Brady — a soon-to-be free agent — are on the desk, in keeping with this NFL Media report: Retiring, re-signing with the Buccaneers or altering groups but once more.
That uncertainty lends itself to nice hypothesis. We be a part of within the enjoyable with our potential Tom Brady touchdown spots listing.
Tom Brady Touchdown Spots
Brady has a tricky go of it this yr. He obtained divorced. His finest bro Rob Gronkowski retired. The Buccaneers offense is a multitude. And one other Tremendous Bowl run appears fairly unlikely.
But NFL Media reviews that Brady — who had deliberate to make the 2022 season his final — has skilled a little bit of a renewal in current weeks, with two game-winning drives within the final month and three wins in 4 video games.
And whereas Brady’s stats haven’t been his finest this yr, he entered Sunday’s motion ranked fifth in passing yards (3,332), fifteenth in passer score (91.6) and seventeenth in EPA+CPOE composite. In different phrases, he’s nonetheless performing as a better-than-average beginning quarterback, even with all that’s gone unsuitable round him.
That physique of labor might persuade some contender in want of a quarterback that he’s nonetheless the man to place them excessive. Listed below are the 5 golf equipment that finest match that description.
San Francisco 49ers
It could be one thing if Brady chases Jimmy Garoppolo away from a second franchise. Garoppolo had truly outplayed Brady earlier than struggling a Week 13 foot damage that just about definitely ended his season.
But when given the possibility between a stable participant and maybe the best athlete in American staff sports activities historical past, it’s a no brainer.
Garoppolo is a free agent at season’s finish, and Trey Lance will enter Yr 3 with extra questions than solutions. The Niners have a Tremendous Bowl roster and an offensive system that’s virtually quarterback-proof.
And oh yeah, Brady is from the Bay Space.
Las Vegas Raiders
Derek Carr most likely sealed his destiny in Sin Metropolis with a horrendous efficiency in an inexcusable loss to the Rams on Thursday evening.
The Raiders aren’t making the playoffs after that consequence, which implies Carr will go 9 straight season in Silver and Black and not using a playoff win. No different quarterback in current NFL reminiscence has been provided that lengthy a leash.
However our sense is sufficient is lastly sufficient. And which means the Raiders will want a quarterback to throw the ball to Davante Adams. No higher candidate than Brady, who might reunite with Josh McDaniels — his former offensive coordinator in New England.
Two of Brady’s three MVP seasons — 2007 and 2017 — got here with McDaniels calling the performs.
New York Jets
Might you think about Brady and Belichick in the identical division? With Brady taking part in for the staff Belichick has principally owned over the past quarter century?
It makes a ton of sense. If Brady has one final hurrah in him, there’s no larger stage than New York. Plus the Jets are loaded at each place aside from quarterback. They’ve a playoff-caliber protection.
The Jets are twenty eighth in dropback EPA (-.05) and twenty ninth in staff passer score (-.04) — and nonetheless would possibly make the playoffs this yr. Including Brady could possibly be the ultimate piece to a puzzle that returns the Jets to the Tremendous Bowl for the primary time in additional than 5 many years.
New York Giants
If the Jets don’t land Brady, possibly Gotham’s different staff will. Brian Daboll is constructing one thing intriguing in East Rutherford. They’re within the playoff dialog regardless of fielding an overmatched roster every week.
An improved Daniel Jones is a free agent after this yr, and the Giants must decide on franchising him previous to free company. Which means the Giants would wish to surreptitiously really feel out Brady’s stage of curiosity in signing with Large Blue and be fairly assured of their means to land him to let Jones attain the open market.
In different phrases, form of what the Dolphins improperly did with Brady final winter — leading to a misplaced first-round choose and a suspension for proprietor Stephen Ross.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Except for familiarity, the Buccaneers have the weakest argument of the 5 to signal Brady this offseason.
The staff hasn’t been the identical with out Bruce Arians, and the Buccaneers’ cap scenario subsequent yr is bleak. They’re projected to be $45.3 million over the cap.
That deficit is pushed largely by a $35.1 million useless cap determine for Brady, a quantity that presumably could be adjusted considerably if he decides to return for a fourth season in Tampa.