Tom Brady made comments that many think he just might end up returning to the NFL after his recent retirement. Less than a week after announcing his NFL retirement on social media, the 44-year-old quarterback sparked speculation about a potential comeback with his comments to Jim Gray on the “Let’s Go!” podcast.
“You never say never,” Brady told Gray. “At the same time I know that I’m very — I feel very good about my decision. I don’t know how I’ll feel six months from now.”
“I just think that (joining the 49ers) is what Brady’s focused on,” Zolak said during Tuesday’s “Zolak & Bertrand” episode on 98.5 The Sports Hub. “He’s been focused on it for two years, and they’ve gotta deal Jimmy, and (Brady) knows that (Trey) Lance isn’t ready and he knows that team is built to win now. That’s attractive to him. Name another one that’s attractive where it’s plug-and-play.
” … You trade Jimmy Garoppolo to Tampa Bay for the rights to Tom Brady, and then let him decide when he’s ready to go, you become an instant contender in the West.”
Even if a trade for Brady doesn’t happen, the 49ers are widely expected to trade Garoppolo after falling to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game. The team is set to usher in a new era with Trey Lance, the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, who appeared in just six games this season and played more than 10 snaps in only three of those contests while completing 57.7% of his passes.
“If you trade Jimmy Garoppolo to Tampa Bay for the rights to Tom Brady and then let him decide when he’s ready to go, you become an instant contender,” Zolak added.
As you may have figured out, this is all just speculation for now.
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