Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The broadcaster says Tom Brady’s future looks in doubt with his new contract

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, appearing in a FOX promotion of the World Series, means nothing about his future with the network.

That’s how former FOX NFL broadcaster Joe Buck sees it, though Brady’s 10-year, $375 million contract awaits him after he retires from FOX. Buck, who is now with ESPN, expressed skepticism about Sports Illustrated podcast host Jimmy Traina’s comment about Brady’s appearance in the FOX promo.

“Brady is on FOX now,” Traina said during the Nov. 17 Sports Illustrated Media Podcast.

“Oh is he? Because he did a FIFA World Cup promotion?” Buck replied.

Brady, 45, makes a brief appearance in the FIFA commercial where he is shown watching Ronaldo at the World Cup. Brady says of soccer superstar Ronaldo: “He’s kind of getting old, isn’t he?”

While Brady pokes fun at age in the commercial, Buck doesn’t think Brady hasn’t gotten over playing in the NFL just yet. Buck noted that there are unknowns for Brady off the field as well.

“Is there a chance? Yeah, I think there’s a chance,” Buck told Traina. “Who knows where his family life will take him, who knows if he’ll play another year or not. I know there are people at FOX who would say there’s a chance he won’t name a game there.”

That’s also despite Front Office Sports’ report on Brady potentially coming to FOX for Super Bowl coverage if the Bucs don’t make it. However, that report came out with the Bucs sitting at 3-5 and stuck in a three-game losing streak.

Brady has led the Bucs to back-to-back wins since then, and the team is looking to keep moving forward after bye week. Brady’s quarterback coach Clyde Christensen recently said the seven-time Super Bowl champion is throwing better than ever.

“He’s playing better than ever. I think he’s improving. I think he’s improving,” Christensen told the Buccaneers Radio Network via JoeBucsFan.com. “Not to sound like a coaching cliché again here, but you practice, you work hard at what you do, you tend to improve. I think that also applies to 45-year-olds. … He throws the ball at a high, high level.”

A source with the Bucs also told JoeBucsFan.com that Brady will not be retiring in 2023. Brady will also become a free agent in 2023, but he could don red and tin again if he wants to.

“Everyone here knows Brady is a year old, but what you see every day is a guy pretending to keep playing,” the source told JoeBucsFan.com. “This is his team and the team loves him. He is heavily invested in many ways. It’s hard to imagine that he would find a better situation in any other franchise. And he’s been playing great for three years.”

There will be plenty of rumors for now about where Brady will be playing in 2023 or if I will be broadcasting with FOX next year. In the meantime, Brady will try to make the most of the 2022 season with the Bucs.

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