2022 has been a difficult year for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. He retired earlier in the year, but that didn’t last very long as he was back with the Buccaneers less than two months later, ready to go for the upcoming season. However, things have not gone according to plan for him. Could he consider opting for a change of scenery and joining the San Francisco 49ers next season?
Brady and the Buccaneers have struggled on the field as they are 3-5 heading into a big matchup with the Los Angeles Rams in Week 9. He has been dealing with a lot of off-the-field things as well as he and his wife have divorced after 13 years of marriage. That isn’t easy for anyone to handle and has likely been weighing on him while he has been playing.
His playing future is very much up in the air as he is set to hit free agency in 2023. At 45 years old, no one would blame Brady if he decided to hang it up for good, but he has shown that is still capable of playing at a high level.
While Tampa Bay may not be winning and he isn’t as precise as he has been in his career, Brady is still leading the league in completions and pass attempts, which would be the second straight year he has done so if it holds up. He has completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 2,267 yards, throwing nine touchdowns compared to only one interception.
If he wants to continue his playing career, there will likely be plenty of suitors for Brady. According to NBC Sports via NFL Rumors, one of those teams could be the San Francisco 49ers.
Brady grew up in the Bay Area, attending Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, California, which is only about a 30-minute ride away from Levi Stadium, where the 49ers play. Returning home would certainly be an intriguing proposition for Brady.
In addition to that, the 49ers are in a position to contend for the Super Bowl for years to come. They made a huge trade acquiring running back Christian McCaffrey from the Carolina Panthers ahead of the trade deadline this year, joining wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk and tight end George Kittle.
That is a situation tailor-made for contending and one that Tom Brady could help elevate to a level they have been unable to achieve with Jimmy Garoppolo under center. A seven-time Super Bowl winner, Brady would make the 49ers the odds on favorites to win the Super Bowl after the 2023 season should he ultimately end up there.