New Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is , prompting speculation that prospective team stakeholder Tom Brady could once again come out of retirement. Brady could face several hurdles to a potential comeback while becoming part-owner of an NFL team, but fellow legend Troy Aikman can already envision the QB suiting up for Las Vegas in 2023.
"It's a good fit for Tom," Aikman told TMZ Sports of Brady's Raiders partnership. "I'm not surprised by it, especially after his other partnership with (owner) Mark Davis. ... I would imagine, being Tom Brady and being a silent partner or a minority investor would be hard, to only be that. I would think that he would want to have a fairly significant role within the organization.
"Maybe (he'd be) involved to the point where he's actually suiting up," Aikman continued. "I don't wanna speak for Tom. (But) I wouldn't rule anything out. He obviously has a relationship with the head coach, he knows the offense, he'll keep himself in great shape. ... I would bet that nothing's off the table, as far as what may occur during the season, or what Tom's role may be. I think he's done playing, but you just never know."
Brady declared after the 2022 season that he was retiring "for good," a year after his initial retirement lasted just one month. This spring, however, hethe possibility of returning to the field when asked about a possible comeback.
The 45-year-old Brady been linked to the Raiders as a potential offseason acquisition before retiring a second time, especially with the QB sharing a history with coach Josh McDaniels from their time with the Patriots. It's possible, as part of his approval as a future minority stakeholder in Las Vegas, that other NFL owners would disallow Brady from also representing the team on the field.
Garoppolo, meanwhile, signed a three-year, $67.5 million contract with the Raiders this offseason. But he did not pass a physical upon landing the deal, per recent reports, and can be released without penalty ahead of the 2023 campaign while recovering from foot surgery.