ESPN’s Seth Wickersham debuted excerpts from his new book earlier this week: It’s Better To Be Feared On Friday afternoon, one chapter of the book caught the attention of the entire country. Brady contacted former teammate Wes Welker about the possibility of playing for the San Francisco 49ers, according to the book.
Per Boston’s Conor Roche . According to Wickersham’s book, Brady contacted Welker following Super Bowl LIV to inform him that he wanted to play in San Francisco:
“In an excerpt from the book, Brady told Welker that there would be ‘no free-agency tour, no bidding war, full stop; he would end his career where his love of football began, in scarlet and gold, allowing his parents to drive to (his) games for the first time since the 1990s,’ if the 49ers wanted him.”
Wickersham later stated that San Francisco was Brady’s first choice in free agency. The 49ers, on the other hand, decided to stick with Jimmy Garoppolo. According to Wickersham, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and each of the team’s offensive assistants evaluated Brady’s recent performance, as reported by Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.
“According to the book, the 49ers coaches liked Brady’s film and concluded that Brady was only marginally better than Garoppolo at the time,” Maiocco wrote. Brady ultimately chose the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the rest of the football world knows how that turned out. On their way to the Super Bowl, Brady and the Buccaneers put together an incredible winning streak.
Shanahan and the 49ers may have made the wrong decision. During the 2021 regular season, Tampa Bay and San Francisco will not play each other. A playoff showdown between the two would be must-see television.