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3 Most Likely Replacements for Tom Brady Amid Retirement Rumors

Max Staley
Three most likely replacements for Tom Brady amid retirement rumors.
Three most likely replacements for Tom Brady amid retirement rumors. / Kevin C. Cox/GettyImages

Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady appears to be seriously considering retirement this offseason. In fact, ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington reported that the NFL legend had decided to call it a career on Jan. 29, though multiple sources close to Brady, including his dad and agent, have since refuted the report.

Has Tom Brady Retired?

As of this article, Brady has yet to release any sort of official comment. Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans will have to wait for an announcement from the GOAT himself, as there's absolutely still a chance that Brady returns next season.

If he does hang up his cleats, though, the Buccaneers might have to scramble to find their next starting QB. Tampa Bay will never be able to really "replace" Tom Brady, but here are the three most likely replacements for Brady if he decides to retire.

Buccaneers QB 2022

3. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Washington Football Team

Ryan Fitzpatrick's future with the Washington Football Team is up in the air. He only attempted 6 passes before his season was cut short in Week 1, and he's certainly not a lock to return next year. But Fitzpatrick could be a great stopgap option. We saw some real Fitzmagic the last time he linked up with the Bucs. The veteran made seven starts in 2018, averaging 310.3 passing yards per game with 15 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. His gunslinger mentality could also make him solid fit in Bruce Arians' system.

2. Mitchell Trubisky, Buffalo Bills

This is a really interesting option. Mitchell Trubisky has all the physical tools you'd want in a quarterback. He's got a rocket arm and some legit wheels, but he's never been able to put it all together with any consistency. Trubisky spent the past season learning Brian Daboll's system behind Josh Allen on the Buffalo Bills. That's a pretty great situation for a developing QB. It's not hard to envision Tampa Bay talking itself into a talent like Trubisky, especially since he's likely to be available for the right price. This would be the best offensive situation Trubisky has ever played in, and the Bucs aren't going to be able to find many other former top-five talents this offseason. It'd be a win-win move for both sides.

1. Kyle Trask, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This is the simplest solution. Tampa Bay spent a second-round pick on Florida's Kyle Trask in the 2020 NFL Draft, but he didn't see a single snap this season. It feels unlikely that the Bucs will spend a first- or second-round pick on a QB in the Draft this offseason with Trask waiting in the wings. And their salary cap situation could prevent them from bringing in a high-priced veteran. Tampa Bay is going to want to find out what it has in Trask at some point, and the only way to do that is by playing the second-year passer.

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