So what’s all this about Brady coming back?
After one of the more dramatic retirement storylines in recent memory, which featured an Adam Schefter leak, an official Brady account deleted tweet, and finally an official announcement after days of denial, we all said goodbye to the greatest QB of all time after 22 seasons in the competition. Or so we thought.
It’s only been two weeks since the announcement, but the rumor mill is doing what the rumor mill is doing, and not everyone is convinced this whole retirement thing is going to last.
Shortly after the announcement, Brady’s longtime teammate Rob Gronkowski said that he thought Brady would be back “in a few years” — despite the seven-time Super Bowl winner being 44 years old. Pat’s running back Brandon Bolden said he “wouldn’t be surprised if, in July, [Brady’s] trying to get into someone’s camp.” Also former teammate Julian Edelman said that while he wasn’t surprised to hear of Brady’s retirement, he wouldn’t be surprised to hear that he was coming back either.
Even Brady himself didn’t close the door, proverb on his podcast “Let’s Go,” “never say never…I’m just going to take things as they come.”
Now the comeback rumors (can you even call it a comeback if he hasn’t missed a season yet?) are turning into more concrete predictions, as NFL writers and analysts float the idea that Brady might return to the field and have him join his hometown team. , the San Francisco 49ers. Jimmy Garoppolo is on his way out, but the team has been on the Trey Lance train publicly lately.
PFT’s Mike Florio thinks Brady’s non-retirement is “inevitable” and says on Pro Football Talk Live it’s a “classic midlife crisis – step 1, a divorce from the Patriots, step 2, a short-term relationship with a trophy girl [like the] Buccaneers, step 3, a late night text to the high school sweetheart aka the 49ers.”
NFL Network’s Mike Girardi reports that there are people close to Brady who “don’t believe for a second that he’s done.” He added that after the Schefter report, “a lot of people” [felt] as if he was almost forced in that direction.” Brady denied making a decision shortly after the first news broke, but did not announce his retirement until a few days later.
Few of those who think he’s coming back see him return to the Buccaneers, and former patriot guard and current radio host Rich Ohrnberger tweeted that tension between Brady and Bucs head coach Bruce Arians caused the departure. write “The announcement of the retirement was not because of the difficulty of coming face to face with the offensive game schedule, but the relationship had soured.”
So is there any truth behind these rumours? Brady’s own comments provide the strongest evidence that he may not be ready, but the rest seems to be pure speculation (and perhaps hope) at this point. His teammates know him well and wouldn’t be surprised that the hyper-competitive QB might want to return for another ring, but the analysts’ analysis doesn’t seem to have much foundation aside from some rumours. Time will tell if Brady decides to make all those retirement tributes pointless.