By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
After 20 years in New England, quarterback Tom Brady is officially looking for a new NFL team to call his own.
For Brady, the decision came with the 42-year-old in pursuit of his seventh Super Bowl ring, and with Brady looking to truly maximize the final few years of his career. Both in terms of championships, as well as the dollars he’s left on the table after a career of a team-friendly deals with the Patriots. That alone presented a problem for both sides, really, as the Patriots clearly appear to be a franchise at a crossroads and in obvious need of injecting some new, younger blood after countless title runs.
But it’s also a new chapter that may include a reunion with Antonio Brown — a teammate of Brady’s for just 11 turbulent days last season — according to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Scott Zolak.
With the Patriots after strong-arming his way out of Oakland, Brown appeared in one game with the Patriots during that aforementioned 11-day run in Foxborough, and caught four passes (on eight targets) for 56 yards and a score in New England’s 43-0 blowout win over the Dolphins. And though that effort came before Brown was accused of sexual assault and before he allegedly threatened a woman via text, Brady clearly seemed to enjoy having the 31-year-old Brown in Patriot Blue.
Even after Brown left town.
Despite countless online meltdowns and bizarre and undeniably erratic behavior following Brown’s release from the Patriots, Brady seemingly maintained a relationship of sorts with Brown, and the two frequently interacted on social media. Brady really wasn’t secretive when it came to his friendship with Brown, and his support for Brown’s wellbeing.
People in Brown’s camp, meanwhile, have repeatedly mentioned that Brady and Brown want to reunite in 2020. Brown himself mentioned exactly that during a radio appearance on Power 105.7’s The Breakfast Club last month.
“We would like to make it happen,” Brown said when asked straight-up if the two discussed a potential reunion.
And with Brady on the outs in Foxborough, and with the Patriots obviously not interested in bringing Brown back to the organization after the mayhem he caused in less than two weeks, Brady’s next stop seemingly opens that door.
Something to consider here: The Buccaneers, who have since become the betting favorite to sign Brady after a report from Colin Cowherd said he’ll sign with the team tomorrow, have the cap space to sign both Brady and take a chance on Brown. The Buccaneers already have a dominant one-two at wideout with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, yeah, but they could be in the market for a viable No. 3 should they decide that Brown is an upgrade over (current free agent) Breshad Perriman.
Brown also lives in Florida (albeit just outside of Miami and not the St. Pete area), meaning that a potential linkup with Brady with the Bucs isn’t something that would require a massive upheaval of Brown’s day-to-day life. And perhaps most notable, the Bucs are desperate enough (they have one winning season in their last nine campaigns and haven’t been to the postseason since 2007) to sign Brady that they honestly might just bite the bullet and sign Brown if it means getting No. 12 to sign.
Brown’s biggest obstacle, however, is his standing within the league.
It’s been (repeatedly) reported that Brown, who is still under investigation by the NFL for sexual assault and has since found himself in additional legal trouble, will be placed on the NFL’s commissioner’s exempt list as soon as he signs with a team.