The feelers started going out to Tom Brady’s agents almost as soon as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ season ended with a playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Jan. 23.
Would Brady be interested in doing TV for the 2022 season? If he is, the seven-time Super Bowl champion could land the richest pact in sports broadcasting history.
With Troy Aikman possibly leaving for Amazon, Fox Sports has inquired about the newly retired Brady, sources told Front Office Sports. ESPN is also interested, said sources. Ditto for Amazon, which takes over “Thursday Night Football” in the 2022 season.
- WME’s Jason Hodes handles Brady’s off-field business.
- Don Yee handled Brady’s on-field contracts with the Bucs and New England Patriots over his 22-year NFL career.
Fox said it won’t comment “on contracts or on personnel hires.” ESPN, Amazon, and WME declined comment.
CBS Sports’ Tony Romo is currently the highest-paid announcer at $18 million per year, but Brady’s deal would “blow Romo’s out of the water,” predicted one source.
“The opening bid would be $20 million a year — and it could go as high as $25 million … There’s no way in hell Brady would make less than Romo.”
If Brady does want to work in TV, Fox could compete against Amazon or Apple, which is bidding on the “NFL Sunday Ticket” package.
“Back up the Brinks truck: Everybody is going to want to be in the Tom Brady business,” said another source. “He will do whatever deal he wants. Everybody will want to play ball with him.”