Tom Brady says he was never going to play for anyone but the Buccaneers


Tom Brady unexpectedly chose to meet with reporters after his preseason cameo during Saturday night’s game against the Colts. During his brief remarks, he addressed one of the various elephants guarding the room.

“I read all these different stories about all these different places I was supposed to go or could have gone,” Brady said, via “I was only going to go one place, who was here. I think this whole organization knows that.

This claim goes against the facts, as the NFL has found them. For four different calendar years, the Dolphins spoke to him at a time when the rules prohibited him. They talked to him about playing for the Dolphins. They talked to him about becoming a minority owner of the Dolphins. They talked to him about becoming an executive with the Dolphins. And when he announced his “retirement” on Feb. 1, Brian Flores’ filing later the same day of the lawsuit killed the plan that was described to us as a “done deal”: (1) during Super Week Bowl, Brady becomes a limited partner of the Dolphins; (2) shortly thereafter, the Dolphins acquire the rights to coach Sean Payton from the Saints; and (3) eventually, the Dolphins acquire Brady’s player rights.

“All the conversations we had over a period of time, I picked the right place for me,” Brady said. “And I’m very proud of the effort everyone has made to make the relationship work. Joel [Glazer] has been amazing. Jason [Licht] is a great friend of mine, Bruce [Arians]Todd [Bowles].”

Whether they’re called “alternative facts” or some less diplomatic term, that’s just not the truth. Indeed, if he would never, ever have played for the Dolphins, why did they continue to talk to him when he was under contract with other teams?

At some point in 2019, 2020, 2021 or 2022, the Dolphins would have received the message, if the message was something like “You’re wasting everyone’s time.” Instead, Brady’s good friend (and Dolphins VP) Bruce Beal kept trying because Brady’s buddy Beal knew there was a reason to try.

Then there’s the fact that, as UFC President Dana White explained a week ago, the Raiders almost had Brady under contract in 2020, until the former coach of Las Vegas, Jon Gruden, puts the kibosh. Brady, who per White was looking for homes in the area, was ready to join the Raiders, not the Bucs.

To be fair to Brady, what else could he have said? “Yeah, I wanted to play for the Raiders two years ago, but Gruden didn’t want me”? “Of course I was planning on playing for the Dolphins this season, but after Flores sued, that was it”?

He says what he has to say and does what he has to do to move forward. And in order to make the most of what will likely be his last season in the NFL (again, maybe not), he needs to slam the door on any conversation that, deep down, he wanted 2022 to play out very differently. than playing for the buccaneers.

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