Tom Brady Jan 1, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks on after beating the Carolina Panthers to clinch the NFC south division at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady has tried hard to put rumors of him potentially returning to the NFL to bed, but it’s been to no avail. For better or worse, once you unretire once in your career, those rumors will circulate no matter how much Brady has tried to pour cold water on the idea.

Brady, now a minority owner of the Las Vegas Raiders, recently called the opportunity a “dream come true.” While he’s certain he’s retired, many around the league don’t feel the same way and have not discounted the possibility of him returning. Of course, Brady buying a minority stake in an NFL team certainly makes it that much more difficult to transpire, but he could play for the Raiders with a league-wide vote.

In any event, Brady has been adamant that he will be in the broadcast booth for Fox in 2024. And yet players on the team he’s now a part owner of are being asked about him potentially being the Raiders quarterback, even with Jimmy Garoppolo already on the roster.

Maxx Crosby was asked as such during a recent appearance on Von Miller’s Bleacher Report podcast, The Voncast.

Crosby described a recent encounter he had with Brady at the team facility, calling it “super casual and random.” Crosby was not expecting to see Brady on a random Wednesday, but low and behold, he is a part of the Raiders organization now.

“Yeah, the possibility (of Brady returning), obviously we got Jimmy G. He’s coming back. He’s gonna be healthy. But you know, you never know what’s going to happen,” Crosby told Miller. “Tom Brady’s a competitor. The greatest of all time. At the absolute worst, if everything doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to and we need him, I would not be surprised if Tom Brady shows up in a Raiders jersey.”

It’s worth noting that Crosby basically said that everything would have to go wrong for Brady to suit up for the Raiders. At the same time, with Garoppolo’s injury being a potential cause for concern, the Raiders may have to find another suitable option under center sooner than later. It likely won’t be Brady, but Crosby’s comments are still certainly notable.

[The Voncast]

About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.