Tom Brady is responding to widespread rumors that he wanted to play for many teams other than the Buccaneers

Tom Brady managed to go nearly a month without speaking to the media, but that streak finally ended over the weekend after the Buccaneers’ 27-10 preseason loss to the Colts on Saturday.

Brady’s postgame press conference with reporters marked the first time since Aug. 1 that he’s done an interview, and as you can imagine, everyone had a lot of questions for him.

Just for a quick refresher, here’s what we learned about Brady after the Aug. 1 interview:

  • Dolphins are fined for handling. On August 2, the Dolphins was severely punished by the NFL for interfering with Brady. According to the league, the Dolphins made “impermissible communications” with Brady in 2019 and 2020 while he was still under contract with the Patriots. The Dolphins also had impermissible communications with Brady both “during and after 2021 season while he was under contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.” Basically, the Dolphins did everything they could to get Brady, and based on reports from Pro Football Talk, Brady wanted to play for the Dolphins. (If Brady didn’t want to play for the Dolphins , he could tell them to stop calling him.)
  • Dana White says a deal is done to bring Brady to the Raiders. Not only did we get the Dolphins bombshell, but we also got the president of the UFC dropped his own bomb. During an interview with Rob Gronkowski earlier this month, White said a deal between Brady and Las Vegas was so close to being done during 2020 free agency that the QB was actually looking at houses. “It was almost a done deal and at the last minute, [Jon] Gruden blew up the deal and said he didn’t want it, and all hell broke loose,” White said. “It was crazy. Brady was already looking at houses. No word yet that Gronk was coming. So Las Vegas would have had Brady and Gronk the year the Bucks won the Super Bowl, except Gruden blew the deal.” If White was the only source of this crazy story, some people would probably find it hard to believe, but Gronk actually confirmed the details.
  • He might also have wanted to play for the 49ers. Let’s also not forget that a book came out last October claiming that Brady wanted to sign with the 49ers in 2020 and finish his career in San Francisco. (He grew up a 49ers fan in the Bay Area.) According to the book, which is titled Better to Be Feared, Brady actually reached out to his good friend Wes Welker, who had just finished his freshman season as the 49ers’ receivers coach. During the conversation, which happened sometime after the 49ers lost to the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, Brady made it clear he would sign with the 49ers immediately if they had him.

Those are three teams Brady might have wanted to play for instead of the Buccaneers. Brady has apparently been following all the news about him for the past four weeks and has finally addressed speculation that he wants to play somewhere other than Tampa Bay.

“I read all these stories about all these different places I had to go or could have gone, and I was like, ‘I was only going to go to one place that was here,'” Brady told the media on Saturday. “I think this whole organization knows that and all the conversations we’ve had over a period of time, I’ve picked the right place for me.”

Brady may have picked the right spot — he did win the Super Bowl, after all — but that doesn’t necessarily mean they were his first choice. Either way, Brady does sound grateful to be in Tampa Bay.

“I think since I’ve come into this organization, it’s been amazing,” Brady said. “It’s been an amazing experience for me to come to this place and be as supported as I’ve been in a long time.”

Brady also went out of his way to thank many people in the organization, including co-owner Joel Glazer, general manager Jason Licht along with former coach Bruce Arians and current coach Todd Bowles.

“I’m very proud of the effort everyone is making to make our relationship a good one,” Brady said. “Joel was amazing. Jason is a great friend of mine – Bruce, Todd, all the coaches – it’s been an amazing relationship and I’m very grateful to everyone for allowing me to come here and experience this part of my football life which, looking back, probably would have been incomplete, if I didn’t have it. I’m glad I had it.”

Brady may eventually reveal how close he was to signing with another team other than the Buccaneers, but for now it doesn’t seem like a topic he’s too interested in talking about. The 45-year-old also answered a question about his 11-day absence and you can read more about it by clicking here.

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