With it looking likely that this will be Tom Brady’s last season in the NFL, the quarterback is one step closer to his landmark contract with Fox, though Rich Eisen doesn’t seem sure.
Aizen joined the latest episode of Jimmy Traina’s Sports Illustrated Media Podcast and the NFL Network personality was asked about Brady’s pending $375 million gaming recall deal for Fox. While Eisen admits he thinks Brady would be a “cool” game analyst, he’s not sure we’ll actually get the chance to see her.
“I still have to see it to believe it, I’ll be honest with you, man. I know it’s a big part of a change and it’s a lot of money,” said Aizen. “I don’t have insight, it’s not something I know personally, it’s just a lot of work. It’s a lot of work. And I’m not saying Brady isn’t ready for that, but if he’s been grinding for 23 or 24 years, it’s still tough in his own way.”
Brady’s signing of a 10-year call-up deal for Fox’s NFL games seemed like an odd fit from the start. Given Brady’s mundane public persona, his various business ventures, her interest in owning an NFL team and desire to spend more time with his family, this massive partnership with Fox came as a surprise.
“I think what Peyton Manning did in his career after playing is more of a scheme that I think Brady will follow,” Eisen continued. Peyton Manning could make that much money in the booth himself, right? Instead, he has his own production company and he does the games, but not all, only 10 of them. He does them from his basement and has the rights to the games!
ManningCast falls under the Omaha Productions umbrella in its joint venture with ESPN, but Manning is not negotiating with the NFL for the rights to the game, as Disney pays that fee and allows alternate Monday Night Football to be broadcast on ESPN2. It’s a smart way for Manning to build his own production company.
“I don’t know if Peyton is making as much money as Fox put on the table for Tom, but he still has a growing business,” Eisen noted. “His production company is going to get bigger and bigger, better and better…and Brady can do that too, I imagine Brady could write his own ticket like that.”
Manning has been open about the fact that he’s interested in broadcasting, but doesn’t want to work every weekend during the NFL season. As Brady tries to reduce his workload at this point in his career, it will be interesting to see if he has other ideas about a 10-year commitment to enter radio broadcasting with Fox.
[Sports Illustrated Media Podcast]