Apparently Tom’s broadcast career won’t last quite as long as his playing career.
Tom Brady is set to become FOX’s lead NFL game analyst for the upcoming season, aiming to excel in his new role just as he did in his previous career. However, Brady’s commitment to broadcasting might not extend as long as his legendary football tenure.
In 2022, Brady inked a lucrative 10-year, $375 million contract with FOX while still actively playing. Yet, according to Richard Deitsch of The Athletic, it seems improbable that Brady will fulfill the entirety of his decade-long agreement, given his diverse array of commitments outside of broadcasting at the age of 46.
This development presents an intriguing situation for Greg Olsen, who has served as FOX’s lead analyst for the past two seasons, reportedly earning $10 million annually. With Brady poised to assume Olsen’s position alongside play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt, Olsen’s salary is likely to undergo a significant reduction. While Olsen could potentially join Joe Davis on FOX’s secondary broadcast team next season, he has yet to confirm his intentions.
As there are currently no available top analyst roles with other networks, Olsen would likely experience a lateral move if he were to depart FOX.
Nevertheless, the former Pro Bowl tight end, at 38 years old, may explore coaching opportunities before potentially returning to broadcasting in the future. Given Olsen’s established reputation as one of football’s premier game analysts, numerous prospects await him down the road.
While doubts may have lingered regarding Brady’s transition to the broadcasting booth, he has expressed dedication to preparing for the role. As Olsen faces a pivotal decision this offseason, the dynamic of FOX’s broadcast team remains in flux.