The 49ers aren’t strangers to the broadcast booth, and yet some may follow the path Tom Brady is taking once he decides to end his playing career.
It must be good to be Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. And it’s not just for being the most celebrated signal-caller of all time.
OK, San Francisco 49ers fans, we know. Hall of Famer Joe Montana is always the G.O.A.T. in our books, although let’s just acknowledge how big a Montana fan Brady was when he was a kid.
All that arguing aside, Brady’s life is going to get even more lucrative and prosperous once the soon-to-be 45 year old decides to finally retire after teasing the idea earlier this offseason.
And he’s already got his next gig lined up, joining the ranks of Fox Sports as an analyst:
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Brady will receive a 10-year, $375 million deal to work with Fox as a color analyst, more than twice what ESPN’s Troy Aikman and CBS Sports’ Tony Romo currently receive, per the report.
No salary cap. No performance-based incentives (at least we don’t think). No injury risks, although there’s going to be a workers’ compensation code associated with Brady’s new job.
Now, the Niners aren’t strangers to life inside the broadcast booth. Fan-favorite left tackle Joe Staley took a job with NBC Sports Bay Area following his retirement in 2020, and former safety Donte Whitner serves with NBC Sports Bay Area, too.
Even though he went about it the opposite way, general manager John Lynch left a lucrative job with Fox Sports as a color commentator to take on his current role with San Francisco, too.
However, which 49ers players and alumni should end up finding their way into the broadcast booth when they elect to call it quits from NFL gameday action?
Here are three we think would be great.