There has been no shortage of Tom Brady rumors this offseason, but the NFL legend made it clear that he plans to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2022. There are still those who wish we could have seen a trade from Brady to the Dolphins. Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox outlined seven off-season dream moves he wants, and Brady’s move to Miami was one of the top scenarios on the list given the “mess” it would have caused.
“There is one word to describe why this move would have been entertaining: chaos,” Knox wrote on May 12, 2022. “Football fans around the world would have gone insane if Brady had come back to both have a stake in the Dolphins share the field as well as quarterback them. Those of us who write about football for a living would have had plenty of content throughout the season. Brady would be chasing a Super Bowl with a third team, he would play the New England Patriots twice a year, and we would have to address all sorts of Miami-related issues.
“Would the Dolphins have taken over Payton? Would they still have traded for wideout Tyreek Hill? What would the future hold for the 2020 first round election, Tua Tagovailoa? It would have been wild.”
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Brady has one more year of contract with the Buccaneers and the Dolphins should have struck a deal with Tampa Bay to acquire the star quarterback. Before his retirement, Bruce Arians insisted the Buccaneers would not consider trading Brady if he wanted to play for another team, and joked that the asking price would start with five first-round picks.
However, NBC Sports’ Chris Simms reported that the Bucs would not hold Brady “hostage” and had spoken about the framework for a possible deal that would have seen Miami send a draft second-round pick to Tampa. Simms noted that the deal fell apart after the Brian Flores lawsuit was filed. The former Bucs quarterback also announced that Sean Payton would join Brady in Miami.
“I was led to believe that [had] it’s been talked about before,” Simms explained in an April 22 interview on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz. “They wanted to trade a second-round pick to Tampa Bay to get Brady. They wouldn’t take him hostage.
“Sean Payton and the Saints, that was a first choice to close this deal. And yes, as I’m told, Sean Payton Head Coach, Brady, Bruce Beal, co-owner. I’ll give him a little time, ‘oh yeah I’ve retired but oh wait I’ve changed my mind. This thing with the dolphins is so good.” And then come back and play with the dolphins. That was the plan. There Brady and Sean Payton tried to align the stars and of course it got upset about it [Flores lawsuit].”
Only the Buccaneers, Dolphins and Brady know how close a potential trade came or if the rumors are just off-season gossip. What’s clear is that this offseason felt very different than 2021, when Brady quietly renewed his contract with the Buccaneers. Brady would technically be free to sign with the Dolphins or any other team when he becomes a free agent in 2023.
With news of Brady’s massive deal with Fox, all indications are that the quarterback has one more season to play in Tampa before beginning his new career in the broadcast booth. During an April 18 interview with ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren, Brady made his first public comments about why he’d changed his mind about his short-lived retirement.
“I knew physically my body could still do what it could and obviously I have a love for the game, I think I always will have a love for the game,” Brady explained. “I think physically I’ll make it. I just felt like there was still a place for me on the pitch.”