Tom Brady and the Buccaneers have struggled to start the season and FOX is already making plans for Tampa Bay not to play in Super Bowl 57.
Entering the club’s Thursday Night Football matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, the Bucs sat at just 3-4 on the season and with Brady in danger of losing three straight games for the first time since 2002.
The kinks might get ironed out with the Bucs moving forward, especially in a shockingly bad division that Tampa Bay could very well take if they finish the season at 9-8 or something of that ilk. But FOX is already making plans for if the Buccaneers’ struggles continue and the team doesn’t end up anywhere near Super Bowl 57.
FOX wants Tom Brady for Super Bowl 57 coverage (if Buccaneers aren’t playing)
According to Michael McCarthy (not that one) of Front Office Sports, FOX “definitely” wants Tom Brady to be part of the network’s Super Bowl 57 coverage if the Bucs aren’t playing in the game.
What role Brady would play should that come to pass is not entirely clear right now, but McCarthy does mention that there is a chance that the future Hall of Famer could be part of a three-man broadcast booth alongside Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen for the Super Bowl matchup. The more likely scenario, though, features him being part of the pregame studio show, even if it’s live at the stadium in Glendale.
This partnership, of course, is nothing new. Brady previously signed a 10-year deal with FOX to join Burkhardt in the broadcast booth as the No. 1 game analyst. So in essence, they are simply starting the ushering of Brady into his next career after football, though it also remains uncertain if he plans to retire ahead of the 2023 season.
Regardless, if Brady’s not playing in the Super Bowl, it seems highly likely he’ll be involved. And as McCarthy reported, whatever part of FOX’s coverage that the quarterback is involved in will be Brady’s choice.