Tom Brady’s days playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to be numbered, but his days playing in the NFL could very well continue for at least one more season, and there are sure to be many suitors for his championship services in NFL free agency next year.

The Buccaneers will likely limp into the NFL playoffs as the saddest division winner in 2022. Assuming they win their next two — far from a guarantee — the team will finish a game over .500 and surely be an underdog heading into their Wild Card Playoff matchup.

Suffice it to say, this Tampa Bay team is far removed from the unit that brought a Super Bowl home in 2020. The organization seems in a transition period after head coach Bruce Arians retired before the season, and Brady is unlikely to return to an organization on the cusp of a rebuild for what could be his final professional season.

Despite his advanced age, if the 45-year-old chooses to again delay a career in broadcasting, he will still be a sought-after talent in NFL free agency even after a down year. With that in mind, here are five playoff-caliber teams who could see Tom Brady as the missing ingredient to a Super Bowl contender in 2023.


Miami Dolphins

Tom Brady landing with the Miami Dolphins as a part owner or player was a real possibility before this season. However, that never came to pass and the strong start for QB Tua Tagovailoa seemed to put the idea to bed. That was until Tagovailoa entered the concussion protocol for a third time this season and his play stopped matching his hot start in 2022.

Clearly, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and Brady have a good relationship. If this year’s Miami team falls flat in the playoffs, expect Ross to make a push for Brady again — despite their tampering past — with future ownership being a key selling point.


New York Giants

The New York Giants could have a QB opening heading into 2023 with Daniel Jones far from a guarantee to be retained in the offseason. The Giants organization isn’t one that makes major free-agent signings. However, the team could decide a pact with Brady is worth it to make a hard one-year run at Super Bowl title number five.