Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady already has his second career planned out, now that details have emerged his broadcasting deal with Fox Sports will net him $375m over 10 years.
Brady’s upcoming deal will make him Fox’s lead NFL analyst on a contract over twice as lucrative as CBS’ Tony Romo and ESPN’s Troy Aikman.
This offseason has been filled with broadcasters and personalities moving to different companies, whether that be Aikman to ESPN, Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit to Amazon, or, now, Brady to Fox.
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Brady will partner with Kevin Burkhardt in the studio and will also make appearances as a brand ambassador in sponsorships and promotional events.
However, Fox is still without a number-one in the booth for this season, and they will need to find one for as many seasons as Brady decides to play— after all, you never know with him.
Fox has been eyeing former tight-end Greg Olsen, though it is unknown how he would feel about being a placeholder. The company’s decision is of the utmost importance because they have the right to broadcast two of the next three Super Bowls, including the upcoming one in February 2023.
The media giant was also under pressure to find another big name to join Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan, and others on its roster, following the hires from competing companies.
Romo’s deal with CBS sent the initial warning, but since then, ESPN has brought in Peyton and Eli Manning, NBC struck a deal with Drew Brees, and Amazon came from nowhere to partner the legendary Michaels with college football mogul Herbstreit after Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay declined a $20m annual deal.
There is no clear sign when Brady will sign on, but when he does, he will be making just under $40m per year— not a bad retirement plan for a player that already has a net worth of $250m.