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Should the 49ers sign QB Tom Brady this offseason?

Rohan Chakravarthi
Jan 30, 2023 at 3:30 PM--

The San Francisco 49ers are officially in offseason mode after their 31-7 NFC Championship loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, and enter it with unfortunate news, as quarterback Brock Purdy suffered a torn UCL, which will keep him out for at least six months, pending on a choice for surgery.

That leaves the 49ers with quarterback Trey Lance as their current top quarterback option heading into the offseason, who is progressing through his recovery from a torn ACL.

However, there is another domino that must be addressed: the free agency of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who has long been connected to the San Francisco 49ers, given the hometown connection.

With the dots potentially aligning, should the 49ers sign Brady to a short-term deal to potentially finish his career where he grew up?

Brady suitors

Tom Brady should undoubtedly receive interest on the open market with the number of lingering quarterback situations, paired with a number of teams looking to remain competitive with their current rosters.

However, it's tough to argue that any of those teams would provide Brady with the core group of weapons that the 49ers currently possess, which arguably would be the best skill position class he has played with in his career.

Brady could enter 2023 with an arsenal of receivers that could help him with his quick-game approach, while also allowing him to showcase the entirety of his skillset with a better rushing attack in San Francisco and a better offensive scheme.

But, the biggest question between Brady and the 49ers isn't the fit or the interest. It's the money.

Brady contract

Tom Brady has played at a high level for the entirety of his career. It's why he should be in high demand, despite a down year due to the circumstances around his team.

And, that's also why he won't come cheap.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport joined the Murph and Mac show on Monday morning, acknowledging a potential interest between Brady and the 49ers, but admitting that it would come at a cost, potentially even the $30 million that has been his baseline in recent years.

"If Tom Brady tells the 49ers, 'I would only want to be with you guys,' they would probably have to consider it," Rapoport continued. "I don't know that that would be their number one option. They have someone who they really like as a potential starter who is extremely cheap. Tom Brady typically has played for $30 million the last couple of years. My guess is that is about what it would [cost the 49ers]. He's not going to come back for a $1 million minimum salary. He's just not. He's never been willing to do that, and he's just not."

Brady's desire for a larger contract likely means that the 49ers would have to make tough decisions on several key free agents, while moving money around into future years, which hasn't been a choice they've been willing to make due to the ramifications that other teams have faced when doing so.

If Brady were to take a cheaper deal to return to his hometown, then the decision could become more intriguing, but the 49ers have built their roster around the perception that they'd carry a rookie salary, not a $30 million salary at quarterback, which has been why they saw such success in 2022.

At the moment, it appears more likely, and potentially smarter financially, to pivot on a Brady reunion in the Bay Area, and instead focus on Brock Purdy and Trey Lance at the quarterback position, while creating the strongest possible roster around them while the quarterbacks are still on their
rookie contracts.

With Brock Purdy's recent injury news, it appears that Lance will head into the offseason as the starter for the second consecutive year, given that he will be the only healthy option at the time.

However, with Purdy's injury and unknown timetable, the 49ers do need to insulate the position and provide a viable backup at quarterback, which there should be a market for in free agency, until the rookie quarterback is able to return to the fold.

Regardless, the extremely unfortunate injury to Purdy should set up for another intensive offseason of quarterback rumors as the 49ers look to avenge yet another NFC Championship game loss.
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


  • BigAl
    Also, just how I said to trade for CM because hes a perfect fit for this offense? Theres no QB thats a better fit than Tom Brady. In fact at this point, and this is the first time ive been for it as I was against it after the 2019 season....But yes Im actually leaning that they should def make a run at him. Its still a QB upgrade. Of course our OL would probably get him killed but thats a different story. The injury to Lance was really serious tho, KS f'd him up. He may never have great mobility again. I know Brady didnt look great this past year but he would be perfect in this offense. In fact hed probably break many franchise single season records, I do think our offense is that talented
    Jan 31, 2023 at 6:18 AM
  • BigAl
    In all seriousness its not even a question. Yea they should pursue any functional QB, and the more they have the better. I would certainly not handcuff myself to Brady or Rogers or any one player...But yes the 49ers need at least 3 QBs. For all we know Purdy and Lance will continue to get injured. Kss usage of Lance concerns me while Purdys frame is another issue. If the 49ers dont fix their OL though its not going to matter. Not even talking about the Purdy injury or Kroft, the Eagles embarrassed the OL and the more I think about it I actaully am gonna swing the other way and say to let Mcglinchey walk as well. That was a weak draft for OL and the wasted pick hurts but its time to move on. 49ers played good against bad teams but this team is still not ready to win a SB. I dont believe Purdy is the answer and while I have high hopes for Lance but the reality is nobody knows. Realizing week 1 was a monsoon would it really be surprising if Lance improves? In limited plays he looked fine in week 2 so I do really believe hes the answer but the 49ers have too many weapons to allow the QB position to continue to be the problem.
    Jan 31, 2023 at 6:09 AM
  • Jack Black
    Brady should sign for league minimum if he wants to play for hometown team so bad. Mentor Purdy for a year
    Jan 31, 2023 at 2:16 AM
  • MT9er
    Hmmm, ya might check the injury report there on Lance.
    Jan 30, 2023 at 6:17 PM
  • 9er forever
    shanny quit
    Jan 30, 2023 at 5:29 PM
  • Ed
    That is hilarious. I didn't even catch that. I am still in shock from yesterday
    Jan 30, 2023 at 3:57 PM
  • JB
    When did Lance tear his ACL?
    Jan 30, 2023 at 3:41 PM


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