Bill Simmons, a renowned Boston sports fan and columnist, has put forward the theory that Tom Brady could return to the New England Patriots in 2023 for one last hurrah.
Brady is in the final year of his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and all options are reportedly on the table for him to play at least one more season in which he would be 46 years old. Simmons appeared on “ManningCast” and said he didn’t think Brady would return for a fourth season with the Buccaneers.
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“I was speaking on my podcast a week and a half ago, I don’t think Brady is going to retire. I don’t think he’s going to be in Tampa next year and I wonder if there’s a chance he could come back?” next year, a farewell thing. You know how much it means to Bob Kraft. Could this be the way to put a bow on it? Could he come back for one last season? Simmons wondered.
“He definitely didn’t tell me this. Brady’s not talking to anybody right now. Did you see his team yesterday? They got their ass kicked. It was like 35-0. I don’t think he wants to talk to one person.”
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Simmons highlighted the relationship between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the seven-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Brady was at Kraft’s wedding earlier this year in New York City.
“I think Kraft and Brady have a great relationship,” Simmons said. “And one of the things about Mac Jones, you’ve seen him have that rotation before, this has happened all year with him. He really took a step back this year. The pocket awareness stuff, even that interception, or you have to ditch of the ball and move up. Time and time again it seems like he hasn’t been comfortable in the pocket. I really don’t know what happened.”
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The theory about Brady’s possible return to New England was first raised in an article for The Athletic. Jeff Howe wrote that fans should never discount the possibility of him returning.