As shared by Brandon Contes of Awful Announcing, Smith explained during Monday’s edition of “First Take” why he believes “it’s time” for Brady to ride off into the sunset of retirement following Sunday’s 34-23 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
“Just so we don’t look at you any different,” Smith said of the signal-caller he referred to as “the G.O.A.T.” on Monday morning. “I don’t believe we’ll ever see the best of Tom Brady again.”
Smith offered his take after the Buccaneers blew a 17-point lead against Cincinnati and after Brady completed 30-of-44 passes for 312 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
As mentioned by the RotoWire Staff, Brady was also credited with two lost fumbles in the defeat that dropped first-place Tampa Bay to 6-8. Smith then referenced the fact that Brady can become the lead NFL analyst for Fox perhaps as soon this winter via a 10-year deal reportedly worth $375M.
“If I looked you in the face, and I said, ‘the best that you ever were, will never be again, but over here, I got a job for you where you still stay involved in the game and it’s gonna pay you $37.5M per year,’ what would you do?” Smith remarked.
While Brady certainly isn’t a Most Valuable Player candidate as he was last Christmas, the 45-year-old hasn’t been awful throughout the season.
Per ESPN stats, he’s third in the league with 3,897 passing yards, tied for 12th with a 66.0% completion percentage, and 13th with 20 passing touchdowns on the campaign. Brady is 22nd among qualified players with a 50.3 total QBR.
It was reported Sunday that people close to Brady believe he wants to continue playing for at least one more season, and it can’t be ignored the Buccaneers still control their postseason destiny thanks to competing in the terrible NFC South division.