Greg Olsen replacement: Tom Brady’s $375m contract calls for him to take over Fox Sports’ NFL coverage

After more than two decades of thrilling NFL fans with his on-field prowess, Tom Brady has traded in his helmet for a spot on the couch. It marked the first time since 2000 that he has watched football from the sidelines. While occasional rumors suggest a potential comeback, TB12 seems content with his retired life, but his love for the game persists.

Brady remained active in the football community, offering insights through his “Let’s Go” podcast. Now, he is set to elevate his involvement by joining Fox Sports as the lead analyst. However, this transition meant Greg Olsen, a respected figure in the booth, graciously stepped aside to make room for Brady’s debut.

NFL fans applaud Greg Olsen for his final Fox show

Greg Olsen bid a heartfelt farewell to his role as an NFL analyst for Fox Sports during the NFC Championship Game between the Detroit Lions and the San Francisco 49ers. As Tom Brady gears up to assume the mantle of Fox Sports’ primary NFL analyst next season, Olsen’s departure marks the end of an era for the network, according to Front Office Sports.

Olsen’s journey into broadcasting began while he was still an active player, with his initial audition for Fox taking place in 2015. Over the years, he honed his skills as a guest analyst before ultimately retiring from the NFL to pursue a full-time career with Fox. His partnership with fellow broadcasters has been widely praised. Fans lauded the veteran for his insightful commentary and ability to educate viewers following his last day as an analyst.

A fan wrote, “Greg Olsen deserves all the praise he gets. He took advantage of a huge opportunity (Aikman to ESPN) and has become a terrific listen. Highest compliment a sports TV analyst can get? Do you learn something from his or her broadcast. He delivers that.”

One wrote, “Best NFL analyst on TV isn’t a former QB or coach. It’s Greg Olsen.”

Speculation about Olsen’s future swirls on the air. Some contemplated his potential roles with other networks like CBS, NBC, or ESPN, and even Amazon. However, fans want the best for the veteran.

A netizen wrote, “If Greg Olsen isn’t the no. 1 color guy for one of the networks with NFL next year, I’m fighting everybody. He’s great. Let’s try not to fuck this up everybody.”

Now, as Olsen wraps up his playoff duties this month, the question remains whether he will continue with Fox, explore opportunities with other NFL media partners, or embark on an entirely new career path.

Tom Brady set to take over Fox Sports’ NFL coverage next year

Tom Brady has always been a game-changer on the field, and now he is set to revolutionize the sports broadcasting arena. With his retirement announcement in February, he shocked the world once again, this time by revealing his next move: joining Fox Sports as their lead analyst. The magnitude of this deal is massive, reportedly amounting to $375 million over the span of ten years.

While many anticipated an immediate transition for TB12 into the world of broadcasting, he decided to take a break for the 2023 season. This decision sparked speculation about the timing of his debut on Fox Sports’ NFL analyst panel. However, the veteran himself cleared the air during an episode of his Let’s Go! podcast on SiriusXM. In the podcast, he said to kick off the role in September 2024.

Tom Brady has already begun immersing himself in his new role, including visits to the Fox Studios lot in Los Angeles for preparation. Two months ago, he was spotted dining with key figures at Fox, including top executives such as CEO Eric Shanks, president of production Brad Zager, and president of national networks Mark Silverman.

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