Fresh off a disappointing loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs, Tom Brady’s future is very much up in the air.
At the moment, all signs point to Brady hanging up his cleats.
Although coming into this season most didn’t regard the 44-year-old as a retirement risk, hence the lack of tributes and farewells he received throughout the year, it is quickly becoming apparent that Brady is strongly considering the possibility.
But why? Why the abrupt change in course?
As noted by Zack Cox of NESN, maybe it’s because he simply wants to go somewhere other than Tampa Bay.
“The logistics here would be a bit tricky since Brady still is under contract with the Buccaneers, but there’s been speculation that the QB’s will-he-won’t-he retirement dance is actually his way of getting out of Tampa Bay and latching on with a different team.(Whether there’s any validity to that speculation remains to be seen.),” he wrote.
“The Raiders also can cut or trade current quarterback Derek Carr with no financial penalty, as doing so would wipe his entire $19.8 million salary off their books.”
Factor in the fact that the Raiders’ next head coach is almost certainly going to be New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, and you begin to see why this rumor is picking up steam.
Brady’s last few weeks with a Buccaneers were an absolute mess. It wouldn’t be surprising if the left a bad taste in his mouth. Couple that with his often-strained relationship with Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and all of a sudden him wanting out doesn’t seem so crazy.
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 28, 2022
Mind you, this isn’t the first time Brady has been linked to the Raiders. Last time around, circumstances didn’t work out.
Will it be different this time around? An answer should emerge in the coming days and weeks.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.