Now that quarterback Tom Brady finds himself on a rush vacation due to the early elimination of the Buccaneers, the question of his future will be on everyone's lips.
< p>At 45, he could decide to move on, but he will become a free agent in March and the prospect of a third chapter in his illustrious career, after his spells in New England and Tampa, could become too tempting. We take stock of its potential options.
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Return to the Bucs
At the end of his end-of-season press conference on Monday night, Brady mentioned that he loved the organization and that it was a nice place to play. Injuries on the offensive line this season have not helped the Bucs' cause. There is also a lack of speed among receivers. It can be corrected, but the team is in the red on the salary cap side.
San Francisco 49ers
Many like to associate Brady with the 49ers for the simple fact that it is the team of his childhood, he who grew up in the region. That's all well and good, but the Niners have two young quarterbacks to develop in Brock Purdy and Trey Lance. For a season, maybe, but that doesn't seem like the most logical option.
Las Vegas Raiders
The salary situation is not an issue and the Raiders would make a big buck while adding a quarterback bringing the credibility and winning culture that this organization so lacks. There are weapons in place with Davante Adams, Darren Waller, Hunter Renfrow and Josh Jacobs.
At the end of the season, the Dolphins assured that the quarterback next season would be Tua Tagovailoa. However, their young center's recent history of concussions and the fact that Brady has flirted with the Dolphins in the past could be a game-changer. With Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, Brady would have the weapons to win instantly.
New York Jets
The Jets are building a high-caliber defense, but the offense is stagnating without a quarterback. There are promising young offensive players in Garrett Wilson and Breece Hall. The offensive line has been riddled with injuries, but healthy should perform much better than this season. A return to the cold? Not sure…
The idea behind this curious project would be to bring together Brady and Sean Payton, for whom the Panthers have interest in order to fill their vacant position as head coach. It is a small market, but the owner is very rich. There are good receivers and a big ground game. That's not to mention a defense that can carry the team.
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The Colts are on this list because they've been on the constant hunt for a quarterback since Andrew Luck retired, but it's time they turned to a youngster. Too many veterans have paraded in Indianapolis since 2019. With the fourth overall pick in the upcoming draft, it's time to look to the future.
New Orleans Saints
There is no established Saints quarterback or up-and-coming quarterback. On the other hand, the salary situation is clearly not ideal with around sixty million in the red. This option does not therefore seem the most plausible.
Perhaps despite all of these options and a few others that might surprise you, Brady will decide the time has come to leave after all. A monster 10-year contract for 375 million in an analyst chair awaits him on the FOX network.
Brady will still have the sting to play. Where? The odds that he'd rather not uproot himself another time by staying with the Buccaneers are real, but the lure of Las Vegas will be major. Brady would reunite with his old accomplice Josh McDaniels. The place is free with the departure of Derek Carr, which will save the Raiders money. Brady might be reluctant to end up in the same division as Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) and Justin Herbert (Chargers), but he's never backed down from a challenge.
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