During his brief retirement, Tom Brady was associated with several NFL teams that were not called the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During the Bucs minicamp, Brady made his first team appearance since retiring in March.
The Buccaneers quarterback was asked if he was considering joining the Dolphins in any capacity, multiple offseason rumors have suggested. Brady didn’t deny having had conversations with Miami, but generally spoke of having “a lot of conversations with a lot of people.”
“I’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of people again, like I’ve had for the last three or four years of my career about different possibilities when I’m done playing football,” Brady said during a June 9 event, 2022 press conference “I’ve kind of made a decision about what I want to do and I’m going to be in the football game. And I think the most important thing for me is where I am now and what I hope to do for this team. That was my commitment to this team and this organization. I had so much fun coming here two years ago. It’s been almost two and a half years now and it’s been an incredible part of my football journey.
“And it’s not over yet, we still have a lot to do, so. I have a long life ahead of me. There’s a lot of fun things to do. I look forward to what lies ahead in football, but at the same time none of us are promised much more than what we have now. And this is the moment and I’m really looking forward to getting out there and trying to compete and win a championship.”
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Brady was linked to the Dolphins in both an ownership role and possibly trying to make his way to Miami to play quarterback. The NFL superstar has one year left on his contract, and the Buccaneers should have traded Brady for him to play anywhere other than Tampa in 2022. NBC Sports’ Chris Simms reported that the Dolphins are willing to strike a deal with the Bucs ahead of Brian Flores’ lawsuit, which stalls things.
“I was led to believe that [had] it’s already been talked about,” Simms explained during 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. she [Buccaneers] wouldn’t hold 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].”
Although Brady returned to the Buccaneers in March, almost three months went by without the quarterback meeting with the media, aside from his appearances related to The Match golf tournament. Brady declined to go into detail about what led to his change of heart about playing football, instead noting that his decision “feels like a long time ago”.
“That’s a good question, it feels like a long time ago, a lot has happened since then,” Brady noted. “Yeah, it’s just a lot of different things, so it’s been a while. To be honest I feel like it’s gotten past that point but I’m glad I’m back. I’m happy to be back with my teammates and it’s going to be a great year. We’re going to work really hard, we have high expectations of what we’re trying to achieve. I have a lot of good players.”