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Tom Brady is opening the door to a return to the NFL under extremely specific circumstances

Tom Brady opens door to NFL return under extremely specific circumstances originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The NFL’s comeback king may have one more in him. After saying he was done with football for good, Tom Brady opened the door for a return this season.

On a recent episode of DeepCut with VicBlends, Brady said he would consider joining a team for a playoff push if there was a quarterback emergency.

“I’m not against it,” Brady said on the show when presented with the situation.

The idea of ​​making emergency QBs available became a prominent talking point in the 2023 playoffs when the 49ers lost both Brock Purdy (torn UCL) and Josh Johnson (concussion) – their only active QBs of the game – during the NFC Championship -contest. Running back Christian McCaffery came in briefly as an emergency QB before Purdy returned to the game despite his serious elbow injury. However, Purdy almost exclusively handed the ball over for the rest of the match.

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Kyle Shanahan later revealed that the 49ers planned to ask Philip Rivers to come out of retirement to play in the Super Bowl if they had managed to win that NFC Championship game.

VicBlends again mentioned the 49ers as a potential landing spot for Brady in that incredibly specific scenario, before Brady jumped in and added two more teams he’s been linked to in the past.

“Patriots, that could be possible. Raiders, that could be possible. You never know”

However, Brady did mention one personal ambition that could hinder a long-term comeback.

“I don’t know if they’ll let me if I become an owner of an NFL team.”

Despite that one detail, Brady believes he can get the job done if he needs to.

“I will always be in good shape and always be able to throw the ball. So just to come in, like MJ coming back, I don’t know if they would let me, but I wouldn’t be against it.

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Brady already made one comeback after his retirement. Following the 2021 season, he “retired” after the Buccaneers lost in the divisional round of the playoffs, but returned to rejoin the team just over a month later. After the 2022 season and a Wild Card loss, Brady announced he was retiring again, this time “for good.”

Maybe Brady really meant, “for good, unless I get the chance to play in another Super Bowl.”

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