NFL reporter Dov Kleiman tweeted a passage from Howe's article published on Wednesday (November 30) in which he acknowledges a possible scenario for Brady returning to the franchise he spent his first 20 NFL seasons with.
Howe suggests that reports of Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's relationship being strained are exaggerated and the franchise will have more than $100 million in cap space ahead of Brady's upcoming free agency next offseason.
Howe also suggests that the Patriots could trade former No. 15 overall pick Mac Jones while he has high trade value or keep him as a long-term option learning behind the NFL's all-time leading passer.
"Maybe it's a long shot," Howe wrote. "There might be better situations for Brady. But just when you think you've got Belichick figured out, he does something no one sees coming."
Brady, who turned 45 in August, announced his retirement, then un-retirement this offseason ahead of his 23rd NFL season, his third with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brady is the NFL's all-time passing leader for yards and touchdowns, as well as quarterback wins, among numerous other records.
The San Mateo led the Patriots franchise to an NFL record six Super Bowl championships (tied with the Steelers), before joining the Buccaneers as a free agent in March 2020, which resulted in Tampa Bay winning its second Super Bowl in franchise history, becoming the first NFL team to win a Super Bowl in its home stadium, in February 2021.