Tom Brady retired for approximately 60 days earlier this season and it only took him that long to realise that he still had, what he calls “unfinished business” to attend to with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brady, who is reported to have earned over $300 million during his stellar career in the NFL, delighted Bucs fans with his return and immediately made the team one of those in the conversation for the 2023 Super Bowl winner.
However, next time Tom Brady calls it quits in the NFL, he may have plenty of reasons to stay retired.
$375 million of them actually.
That’s because that is what Fox Sports are reported to have agreed to pay Brady to become their lead NFL analyst, once the legend does eventually retire.
Biggest Deal In Sports Broadcasting History
Although Fox Sports did not disclose the terms of Brady’s deal, the New York Post claimed that the player rated by many as the greatest NFL player of all-time, would sign a decade-long deal that would pay him around $37.5 million a year.
The CEO of Fox, Lachlan Murdoch, announced the agreement with Brady on Tuesday.
The quarterback will eventually take on play-by-play calling alongside Fox Sports new lead announcer Kevin Burkhardt.
Burkhardt was employed by Fox to replace Joe Buck, who along with his co-commentator Troy Aikman, has left Fox Sports to join ESPN.
However, one key thing was left out of the announcement and that was a timescale for Brady to hang up his cleats and slide on his cans.
Mr Murdoch has said that it is ‘entirely up to” the quarterback to decide when he wants to hang up his cleats, but he didn’t expect to see Brady in the booth this season.
“We are delighted Tom has committed to joining the Fox team,” stated Murdoch.
“And we wish him all the best during this upcoming season.”
In response, Tom Brady has tweeted that he is “Excited” by the new career opportunity once his time in the NFL is up, but he also added that he had “a lot of unfinished business on the field” with his Tampa Bay Buccaneers team before he takes on his new role.
That will be music to the ears of Buccaneers fans, although it seems likely that Brady will opt to take on his new role likely within the next couple of years.
Maybe an eighth Super Bowl ring would make that transition a little easier?
Whenever he takes on his new role, Brady will join a long tradition of quarterbacks calling games from the commentary booth.
In recent times, the likes of Tony Romo, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and Drew Brees have all worked as football analysts for a host of different companies. In the past.
Others to have made the transition with varying degrees of success include Phil Simms, Trent Green, Trent Dilfer, Chris Simms, Rich Gannon, Troy Aikman and Dan Fouts.
And few would bet against him going down as one of the greatest to ever pick up a microphone from that list either.