Will Tom Brady end his career as a Patriot after announcing his retirement? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
It seems that Tom Brady’s NFL career is over for good. But there is still one speculation worth mentioning.
The 45-year-old midfielder announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday on social media, insisting this time “for good” after his first retirement in February 2022 lasted 40 days.
So, Brady is gearing up to ride off into the sunset as his one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers expires at the end of this season. But would Brady consider signing a one-day honors contract with the New England Patriots to officially retire as a member of a franchise where he won six of seven Super Bowls?
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“Ultimately, I hope and believe he will come back here and we will give him his red jacket (for the Patriots Hall of Fame), and he will retire as a Patriot.”
Kraft didn’t say that by accident. The Patriots’ longtime owner was one of Brady’s biggest cheerleaders during the QB’s two decades in New England, so we imagine Kraft would love it if the team could have Brady retire as a Patriot and give a symbolic nod to the team that signed him. 2000.
What are the chances that this actually happened? Maybe better than last year.
Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick didn’t end up on the best terms, and Brady caused a stir last February (exactly one year ago today) by eliminating the Patriots in his early retirement announcement. It seems that Brady and Belichick have smoothed things out, and Brady has praised Belichick on several occasions last season, even admitting that he watches New England play “every week”.
Brady also posted some nostalgic photos to his Instagram story on Wednesday — some of which include Belichick and the Patriots.
So, it doesn’t look like there’s any significant bad blood between Brady and his former team at the moment. Whether that relationship is strong enough for Kraft to convince Brady to don the Patriots jersey for one more day remains to be seen, but it will be a huge moment for Patriots fans and a fitting send off for the QB that helped launch a dynasty. in New England.