Tom Brady comeback? NFL legend says he’s ‘not opposed’ to ‘Michael Jordan’-like return for QB-needy teams

Have NFL fans seen the last of Tom Brady? Well, no. The Patriots legend is set to join the Fox Sports broadcast booth for this upcoming season. Could a return to the field instead also be in play? 

Brady said he was retiring “for good” when he called it a career for the second time more than a year ago, but unsurprisingly, not everyone believed him. Brady held true to that promise through the 2023 season, watching the action unfold from home rather than jumping into a locker room and competing for an eighth Super Bowl win.

Yet, as he nears his 47th birthday, Brady is seemingly leaving the door open for a return to the field. 

Asked whether he could envision himself playing again while on VicBlends’ “DeepCut” podcast, Brady said he could entertain interest in an NFL team gives him a call.

“Patriots … Raiders … you never know,” Brady said, after VicBlends mentioned the 49ers as another possibility. 

“God forbid somebody goes down, would you pick up that phone?” Brady was asked, responding that he’s “not opposed to it.”

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“I’m always going to be in good shape, I’ll always be able to throw the ball,” Brady said. “So to come in for a little bit like [Michael Jordan] coming back … I wouldn’t be opposed.”

Most telling is that Brady implied he’d be open to a return in the event of an injury to a quarterback on a contending team, but the NFL was hit by numerous quarterback injuries in 2023. Brady’s name never resurfaced in connection with a potential return, whether that was the result of teams showing no interest or Brady showing no inclination to return.

Quarterbacks will inevitably go down in 2024, but the injuries that rocked the league in 2023 might be a sign that the situation has to be absolutely perfect for Brady to consider it.

The Patriots and Raiders, both mentioned by Brady, are unlikely to seriously contend with or without their starting quarterbacks in 2024. The opportunity to play for a loaded 49ers team could interest him, but Brock Purdy is locked in as San Francisco’s starter as long as he’s healthy.

Brady noted that he might not even be allowed to return to the field as a potential part-owner of the Raiders. “I don’t know if they’re going to let me,” the 46-year-old cautioned. 

Brady’s deal to acquire seven percent of the franchise hasn’t yet been approved, but progress has been made toward the agreement being finalized.

At 45, Brady already became the oldest quarterback to ever start an NFL game. Any start in 2024 would shatter his own record. 

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