SJ - April 26, 2022
The whole Tom Brady to the Dolphins was closer to happening than previously thought. According to Chris Simms anyway. Simms claims the Buccaneers were prepared to accept a second-round pick from the Dolphins for Brady.
Simms added that the Bucs called Brady after his retirement and told him they were looking into replacing him with another quarterback. That's when Brady decided to return.
From Larry Brown Sports:
In an appearance on the “God Bless Football” podcast, Simms said the Buccaneers were prepared to accept a second-round pick for Brady from the Miami Dolphins as part of a widely-reported effort to bring Brady to Miami. Simms believes Brady retired in order to assess his options. Simms claims Brady ended his retirement when the Buccaneers essentially threatened to seriously pursue other quarterbacks.
“Tampa Bay called Brady, from what I know, and was basically like, ‘Hey, we are going to start flirting with some of these quarterbacks that are out here, Deshaun Watson.’ They were going to get serious about all those conversations,” Simms said, via Nate Bouda of NFL Trade Rumors. “That’s when Brady was like, ‘Alright, I guess I have to make a decision here. I don’t really have any other options. I’m going to come back to you guys.'”
You never really know with Simms or Mike Florio for that matter. They're certainly connected but they also like to embellish and do a little storytelling from time to time.
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