How’s this for a plot twist? According to a recent story from the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin, there appears to be at least somewhat of a possibility that Brian Flores’ lawsuit against the Miami Dolphins is the main reason for Tom Brady’s comeback…
The way the story goes, in short, is Brady was planning on coming back to run the Miami Dolphins. But then the Flores allegations and subsequent lawsuit happened, and Brady wanted nothing to do with that. So he sat at home a little while longer, got bored, and decided to return to play for the Bucs.
Seem too simple? Here’s how Volin explained it (via WEEI):
“Brady was gonna go run the Dolphins, and then Brian Flores files his lawsuit and throws a wrench in the entire thing. Now all of a sudden you’re worried about cell phones and discovery and all this stuff, so Brady, they scrap those plans. So now Brady’s looking at it, ‘Well, what am I gonna do? Sit around on my couch for a year? No, I might as well go play football.’
“He goes over across the pond over the weekend, to the Man United game, sits in the box with the Glazer family, who owns both those teams,” Volin said. “What I don’t know is, did Brady try to do a power play and the Glazers said no? Here’s what I think happened: the Glazers are very much indebted to Brady. I think Brady went to the Glazers and said, ‘Look, I’ll come back, but we have to fix something with Bruce Arians. You have to talk to the coach.’
“So I think he went directly to the owner, told him what his issues are, and the owner said, ‘You know what, we’ll figure it out.’ And then the next day, after going to that Man U game, Brady announces he’s coming back. So this was all about him going to the Dolphins, it got scrapped because of the Brian Flores lawsuit, he had nothing else to do except play football, and he goes to the Bucs owner across the pond.”
There were reports earlier in the offseason, well before Brady decided to return, that linked both TB12 and former Saints coach Sean Payton to the Miami Dolphins.
And, while some have suggested that Flores’ lawsuit had nothing to do with Brady ditching South Beach, there is the possibility that it did play a facto in all of this. The timeline seems to line up. Maybe Volin is actually on to something here.
If that’s the case, the Bucs owe Brian Flores a big thank you.