Free safety Antoine Winfield Jr. thinks the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' front office is still reaching out to Tom Brady and trying to see if there's any possibility of the quarterback returning to football in 2023. Brady, who will be turning 46 on August 3rd, announced his second retirement from football on February 1st.
When Brady retired for the first time in 2022 February, his retirement lasted just 40 days. But so far since announcing his second retirement, Brady has been sticking to his decision. "I'm sure we're still reaching out to him trying to see if he's trying to come back to the team.
Hey, it could happen. Anything's possible," Winfield said on The Richard Sherman Podcast.
Winfield thinks the Bucs might still be reaching out to Brady
Throughout the offseason, there have been speculations regarding Brady's future.
After Brady agreed to purchase a minority ownership stake in the Las Vegas Raiders, the rumors of Brady returning and suiting up for the Raiders in 2023 intensified. But when Brady was asked about those rumors, he very directly dismissed them.
“I’m certain I’m not playing again. So I’ve tried to make that clear and I hate to continue to profess that because I’ve already told people that lots of times," Brady said a month and a half ago.
With Brady retired, the Buccaneers are expected to have Baker Mayfield or Kyle Trask at the starting quarterback position in Week 1. Going into the 2023 season, the Buccaneers aren't being given much of a chance to achieve success.
But recently, Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis came out claiming they would surprise many in 2023. "We're about to do it to 'em. Anybody who feels we've lost Tom -- and lost something -- is going to be in for a rude awakening.
A rude awakening. Tom was a great addition for us, but obviously it's a team sport. Obviously, you need components to be successful. We still have those components. And I'm only getting better," Davis told Go Long.