After Jon Gruden and LV Raiders blew up Tom Brady’s trade, another major franchise emerged as contenders to secure TB12’s services after his Patriots left, but how did the negotiations go?

Tom Brady is someone who remains the most desirable among all NFL teams, whether they like him or not. The one time the NFL GOAT was a free agent made everything go crazy. After his talks with the Raiders failed, he moved to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, another franchise had their eyes set on The Pharaoh’s services. But how did it happen?

After leaving the New England Patriots in 2020, Tom Brady became an unrestricted free agent. Many franchises have tried to rush to avail of his services. The Chargers, Titans and Buccaneers were among the line’s priorities for his next spot. However, Brady returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area also drew attention.


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Dove Kleiman, NFL freelance journalist mentioned, “During free-agency 2020, Kyle Shanahan wanted [the 49ers] to then sign free agent QB Tom Brady. But Shanahan was eventually dissuaded by others,”

During a SiriusXM Rabid dog radio appearance, NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran informed host Adam Schein that the 49ers are “hard closure on the outside” in the hunt. He also said the Niners and Brady may have a potential solution.

Tom Brady, 45, grew up in San Mateo, Calif., about 20 miles south of San Francisco. He grew up as a 49ers fan, regularly attending home games as a child. The GOAT looked up to the legendary Joe Montana growing up. Moreover, according to Launderer’s report, Brady reached out to then-49ers former teammate and wide receivers coach Wes Welker. Brady told Welker that if the 49ers wanted him, he would sign with them.

What was Tom Brady’s biggest hurdle en route to San Francisco?


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The biggest homecoming would have been TB12 in San Francisco. Although Kyle Shanahan was relieved, there was a second roadblock in Brady’s way to the 49ers. That would be Jimmy Garoppolo, his former Patriots replacement.


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Seth Wickersham of also revealed that head coach Kyle Shanahan and the rest of the offensive coaching staff went through the entire footage of Brady’s 2019 game. They determined that, while he was bigger than Garoppolo, he was not not better enough to justify quitting young Jimmy G after a Super Bowl appearance. But now TB12 is back in Tampa Bay and once again a top contender for a championship.

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