The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been surrounded by rumors during 2022.
It would start with Tom Brady retiring, only to come back 40 days later.
His return would spark rumors of a trade by the Bucs with the Miami Dolphins for the seven-time Super Bowl champion.
However, that trade never happened and won’t happen.
Brady brings too many things to Tampa Bay for them to send him to Miami.
But there was something else happening, leading people to believe in Tampa Bay’s commitment to Brady.
Bruce Arians Moves Away From Coaching And Into Bucs Front Office
One rumor behind Brady’s retirement was his feud with head coach Bruce Arians.
While the two denied a feud ever existed, Arians has called out his quarterback in press conferences.
Arians arriving at every press conference to talk trash about Brady: pic.twitter.com/1b3jHVYGUH
— Adam (@Adamcfc9) November 25, 2020
However, Brady used what Arians said to fuel a Super Bowl run with the team during his first season in Tampa Bay.
But it would be those press conferences of Arians that fuel rumors of disdain between himself and Brady.
It would also spark rumors Brady forced him into his new front office job with the Buccaneers.
If true, that would show the Buccaneers were never trading Brady, but only willing to work with him and his demands.
However, he will become a free agent in 2023, fueling yet another rumor.
Brady Leaving To Play For Miami In 2023?
While the Bucs aren’t trading their Super Bowl quarterback to the Dolphins, his contract expires in 2023.
He could go to Miami without a contract extension from Tampa Bay.
A lack of a contract offer to Brady makes people believe he will sign with Miami next year.
However, he will be 46 when the 2023 season starts.
His age could be the reason the Buccaneers haven’t offered him a contract extension.
But Brady is like a fine wine.
He keeps getting better with time.
He’s even entertained the idea of playing until he’s 50.
Tom Brady Says He Could Keep Playing Football Until He’s 50: He COULD play until he's 50, but SHOULD he play until he's 50? pic.twitter.com/u9ev5M5jVZ
— ALT 105.1 📻 (@alt1051) September 19, 2021
With him believing in himself at that age, it’s hard to see why the Bucs wouldn’t as well.
That leads people to believe he will go to Miami when the Bucs don’t offer him a contract extension this season.
However, there’s one last thing that fueled the rumors of Brady to Miami.
Lawsuit Against Dolphins Reveals Plot To Make Brady A Player/Owner In Miami
Things came to light after the Dolphins fired Brian Flores.
Some of these things were allegations of the Dolphins plotting to replace Flores with Sean Payton.
Additional allegations also had Brady coming to Miami as both a player and partial owner of the team.
This information was brought to light shortly after Flores’s lawsuit against the NFL for discrimination.
The plans started after the Flores firing, but were nixed after his lawsuit.
This is all according to Mike Florio.
“Per multiple sources, and as first revealed on Monday’s PFT Live, the Dolphins planned to pursue Sean Payton to be the coach and Tom Brady to be the starting quarterback. The plan was scrapped after Brian Flores filed his lawsuit against the NFL.”
– Mike Florio pic.twitter.com/8XsEGVlMea
— Dolphin Nation (@Dolphin_Nation) February 28, 2022
With the 2022 plans for Brady gone, people still believe he could be a player/owner in 2023.