Bill Simmons, a renowned Boston columnist and sports fan, theorized that Tom Brady could potentially return to the New England Patriots in 2023 for one last hooray.
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 that would see him turn 46. Simmons appeared on the ManningCast and said he didn’t think Brady would return for a fourth season with the Buccaneers.
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“I spoke on my podcast a week and a half ago, I don’t think Brady is going to retire. I don’t think he’ll be in Tampa next year, and I’m wondering if there’s a possibility he could come back next year — a farewell thing. You know how much he means to Bob Kraft. Could this be the way to sidestep it all? Could he come back for one final season?” Simmons wondered.
“He definitely didn’t tell me that. Brady isn’t speaking to anyone right now. Did you see his team yesterday? “
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Simmons noted the relationship between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the seven-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Brady attended Kraft’s wedding in New York City earlier this year.
“I think Kraft and Brady have a great relationship,” Simmons said. “And one of the things about Mac Jones, you saw, he’s had that turnover before, that’s been happening to him all year. He really took a step back this year. The pocket awareness stuff, even that interception, you either have to get rid of the ball and move up. Again and again it seems as if he didn’t feel comfortable in the bag. I don’t really know what happened.
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The theory that Brady could potentially return to New England was first published in an article for The Athletic. Jeff Howe wrote that fans should never discount the possibility of him returning.