Tom Brady announced his shocking return to the NFL just 40 days after initially retired, saying he had more unfinished business with football. Of course, everyone assumed he’d be playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but is that definitely the case?
Everything seems to be pointing toward Tom Brady playing for the Buccaneers in 2022 but that hasn’t stopped rumors of him playing for the Miami Dolphins surfacing. They originally came to light during Brady’s retirement when it was rumored that the Dolphins would go after Sean Payton and Brady in a tandem move.
That eventually was shut down after Brian Flores filed his lawsuit against the Dolphins however, sources say that wasn’t the actual reason things stopped. Regardless, a new report from Dale Arnold suggests that Miami may not be done chasing Brady just yet. They apparently are “working on it” to try and get him to be their new signal-caller.
If you’re thinking this is all a bit far-fetched, you wouldn’t be called crazy for doing so. It would be quite wild to see Brady moving to Miami having just announced his return. Skip Bayless certainly thinks so too but hasn’t ruled it out for the future.
Skip Bayless claims Tom Brady could play for the Dolphins, but not in 2022
In a segment of Fox Sports’ ‘Undisputed’, Skip Bayless was asked if he thinks Tom Brady will play for the Dolphins this season to which he said “No. I do not believe it would happen. He would look terrible. Tampa won’t trade him now. He’d be leaving a lot of people hanging. I think where there’s smoke, there’s some fire. But, not right now.”
About the move happening in the future, Bayless added “If they could acquire Baker Mayfield as the plan going forward, then all these guys who signed long-term contracts would say ‘we’re good.’ I think it’s gonna happen. I think Tom Brady will play one more year after this and I do not think it will be in Tampa Bay.”
Bayless is very likely right about Brady being in Tampa Bay for 2022. It seems impossible for them to trade him now, especially considering his involvement in free agency and the fact that Brady himself told his teammates he was coming back to the Buccaneers. Along with that, Bruce Arians said he wasn’t trading Brady’s rights even when he was retired so there’s no way he does it now.
That there should be enough evidence that he’ll remain in Tampa Bay for at least this season, however, if he can win his 8th ring with the Bucs in 2022, who’s to say he doesn’t want out after that in hopes of trying something completely different to call it a career. It seems unlikely but this offseason has shown how crazy the NFL can be.