Is Tom Brady retiring as a Buccaneer or a Patriot?
The world of football is still reeling from the NFL’s biggest news of late- the retirement of Tom Brady. Is the quarterback retiring as a Buccaneer or a Patriot?
Football fans are still reeling from the news of Tom Brady’s retirement after 22 years (whether they are lamenting or rejoicing), and one question being posed in the aftermath is, is the star quarterback retiring as a Buccaneer or a Patriot?
The 44-year-old announced his retirement from the NFL on social media, bringing to a close one of the most impressive careers in the league. He spent the last two years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leading them to a Super Bowl win in his first year with them.
But this year, he and the Bucs lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to the Los Angeles Rams, who are going on to play in the Super Bowl.
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In his statement on retiring, Brady thanked everyone involved with Tampa Bay for the time he spent with the team. As he was with the Bucs when he stated his desire to hang up his cleats, he retired as a Buccaneer.
He made no mention of the New England Patriots in his retirement message, although he spent twenty years of his Hall of Fame career with the team. This non-inclusion of the Pats in his announcement could be viewed as a slight, but it could also be an indication that he will bid them a separate and proper goodbye.
One day only
There are recent reports that Brady may find a way to also retire with the Patriots- by way of signing a one-day deal with the team.
Such a contract would allow him to play with New England one last time and also retire as a Patriot. However, a one-day agreement would still have legal implications, as the three-time NFL MVP is still under contract with Tampa Bay.