Tom Brady Back to Patriots? How Jerod Mayo Feels About Possible Reunion With NFL Legend

Could Tom Brady really return to the New England Patriots? Fans would love it, but head coach Jerod Mayo isn't holding his breath.

The New England Patriots have an excellent bridge starter in Jacoby Brissett. The veteran quarterback can play solid, winning football before willingly handing the keys to Drake Maye, the No. 3 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

But you know who’d be an even better bridge starter? Tom Brady.

It sounds crazy, and it is. However, people are talking about a possible Brady-Patriots reunion after the legendary QB recently teased a potential end to his retirement. Plus, Bill Belichick wouldn’t be around to tick Brady off.

But how does Belichick’s replacement, Jerod Mayo, feel about all of this?

Jerod Mayo Shuts Down Tom Brady-Patriots Reunion Talk

This all started in early April when Brady appeared on the “DeepCut with VicBlends.” Brady, who retired after the 2022 season, said he’d be open to returning for an age-47 season. However, the NFL legend acknowledged such a return would be unlikely, as he’s expected to become a Las Vegas Raiders minority owner in the near future.

“I’m not opposed to it,” he said about possibly ending his retirement.

But which teams would he want to play for?

“Patriots, it could be the Raiders, you never know,” Brady said. “I don’t know if they’re going to let me if I become an owner in the NFL. I’m always going to be in good shape, always be able to throw the ball. So, to come in for a little bit like MJ coming back, I don’t know if they let me, but I wouldn’t be opposed to it.”

That brings us to Monday morning when Mayo was asked about a possible Brady reunion while appearing on WEEI.

“I love Tom. The door is always open if he wants to come in here and coach,” Mayo said with a laugh. “But as far as going on the field, I don’t know.

“But if (Brady) comes in here … you have to come here and compete. And he loves competition. But I doubt he’s going to be walking through these doors any time soon.”

If Brady were serious about this and approached the Patriots about playing next season, New England obviously would consider it. Franchise owner Robert Kraft is desperate for his team to return to relevance, and adding Brady would be an overnight cure-all.

Still, for myriad reasons, a Brady return isn’t realistic.

Why Brady-Patriots Reunion Wouldn’t Make Any Sense

On paper, it makes some sense.

Maye might be the Patriots’ QB of the future. But the UNC product is raw, and many believe he could sit for his entire rookie season — if not longer.

Who better to learn behind than the greatest quarterback in NFL history?

Plus, you could argue the Patriots aren’t as bad as many believe they are. Sure, there are questions at receiver and left tackle, and the offensive coaching staff is unproven, but there are reasons for optimism.

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The rest of the offensive line is solid, the defense should be excellent, and there are solid players on offense, including Rhamondre Stevenson. You could squint and see a playoff team if Brady were under center.

It’s just not gonna happen, though.

Brady’s an emotional guy and a hopeless romantic, but nostalgia only goes so far. He’s not returning unless it’s to play for a team ready to compete for a Super Bowl. That’s not the Patriots.

Furthermore, he had his day in the sun when he was honored during halftime of New England’s Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. And Brady will be honored again in June when the Patriots waive their normal criteria guidelines and induct him into the franchise Hall of Fame.

Are the Patriots going to cancel that event and refund the tickets? Are they going to host it anyway, sign Brady, and do it all again in a couple of years? It’s foolish thinking.

However, Brady’s situation with the Raiders is the true elephant in the room.

Last May, Brady agreed to purchase a minority stake in the Raiders. The sale still isn’t official, but in March, commissioner Roger Goodell said “it’s making progress.” All signs point toward it being completed sometime this year.

Once the league and its owners approve Brady’s purchase, he would need the vote of at least 24 owners to be allowed to play. It’s hard to envision the NFL approving Brady becoming a player-owner for any franchise other than the Raiders.

There’s also Brady’s broadcasting obligations to consider. In 2024, Brady is scheduled to begin a 10-year, $375 million contract with FOX to work as the network’s lead NFL game analyst. Would FOX really allow Brady to delay this any further?

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A Brady-Patriots reunion is fun to think about. He won six Super Bowls in New England before leaving — and winning another — in 2020, and the thought of Brady potentially returning for another run is undeniably exciting. And if any quarterback could play well at 47 years old, it’s Tom Brady.

But it isn’t happening. New England fans will just have to live with Brissett and hope the Patriots don’t screw up Maye’s development like they did with Mac Jones.

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