Tom Brady responds to rampant rumors he wanted to play for multiple other teams besides the Buccaneers – CBS Sports

Tom Brady responds to rampant rumors he wanted to play for multiple other teams besides the Buccaneers - CBS Sports

Tom Brady managed to go nearly a month without speaking to the media, but that streak finally ended over the weekend after the Buccaneers’ 27-10 preseason loss to the Colts on Saturday.

Brady’s postgame press conference with reporters marked the first time since August 1 that he did an interviewand as you can imagine, everyone had a lot of questions for him.

Just for a quick refresher, here’s what we’ve learned about Brady since that Aug. 1 interview:

  • Dolphins are fined for mistreatment. On August 2, the Dolphins was hit with a stiff penalty by the NFL for abusing Brady. According to the league, the Dolphins made “impermissible communications” with Brady in both 2019 and 2020 while he was still under contract with the Patriots. The Dolphins also had impermissible communications with Brady and “during and after the 2021 season, while he was under contract to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.” Basically, the Dolphins did their best to get Brady and based on reports from Pro Football Talk, Brady. wanted to play for the Dolphins. (If Brady didn’t want to play for the Dolphins, he could have told them to stop calling him.)
  • Dana White says a deal was basically done to bring Brady to the Raiders. Not only did we get the Dolphins bombshell, but so did the UFC president dropped a bomb of his own. During an interview with Rob Gronkowski earlier this month, White said the Brady-to-Las Vegas deal was so close to being done during free agency in 2020 that the QB was actually looking at houses. “It was almost a done deal, and at the last minute, [Jon] Gruden blew up the deal and said he didn’t want him, and all hell broke loose,” White said. “It was crazy. Brady was already looking at houses. They still haven’t said Gronk is coming. So. Las Vegas would have had Brady and Gronk the year the Bucs won the Super Bowl, except Gruden blew the deal.” If White were the only source for this crazy story, some people would probably have a hard time believing it, but Gronk actually confirmed the details.
  • He might have also wanted to play for the 49ers. Let’s also not forget that a book came out last October that claimed Brady wanted to sign with the 49ers in 2020 and finish his career in San Francisco. (He grew up a 49ers fan in the Bay Area.) According to the book, which is titled “It’s Better to Be Afraid,” Brady actually reached out to his good friend Wes Welker, who had just finished his first season as the receivers coach for the 49ers. During the conversation, which took place sometime after the 49ers lost to the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, Brady made it clear he would sign with the 49ers if they had him.

That’s three teams that Brady might have wanted to play for instead of the Buccaneers. Brady has obviously been following all the news about him over the last four weeks, and he finally responded to the speculation that he was looking to play somewhere other than Tampa Bay.

“I read all these stories about all these different places I had to go or could go, and I’m like, ‘I’m just going to go to one place that was here,'” Brady. told the media on saturday “I think this whole organization knows that and all the conversations we’ve had over a period of time, I picked the right place for me.”

Brady may have picked the right spot — after all, he won a Super Bowl — but that doesn’t necessarily mean they were his first choice. Either way, Brady sounds grateful he ended up in Tampa Bay.

“I think since I’ve come to this organization, it’s been fantastic,” Brady said. “It’s just an amazing experience for me to come to this place and be as supported as I have been for a long time.”

Brady also came out to thank several people in the organization including co-owner Joel Glazer, general manager Jason Licht along with former coach Bruce Arians and current coach Todd Bowles.

“I’m very proud of the effort everyone put in to make the relationship work,” Brady said. “Joel was amazing. Jason is a great friend of mine – Bruce, Todd, all the coaches – it’s been a wonderful relationship and I’m very grateful to everyone for allowing me to come here and experience this part of my football. life which, I look back, it it would probably be incomplete if I didn’t have it. I’m happy I had it.”

Brady may eventually reveal how close he came to signing with another team that wasn’t the Buccaneers, but for now, it doesn’t seem to be a topic he’s too interested in talking about. The 45-year-old also answered a question about his 11-day absence and you can read more about it by clicking here.

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