Now, I think we are all tired of the Tom Brady retirement rumors. If this goes a few more years, we could see a much hated repeat of the Brett Favre drama.
However, this is a very interesting issue because of what has happened to the Patriots organization. Belichick retired in the offseason on a paper napkin (I guess that’s how he does business). So, Tom Brady won the power struggle between him and his former head coach by outlasting him. And how did Brady enter that season? By going 5-6 and throwing 19 interceptions through 11 games. Then, the head coach got fired because they lost to the Jets.
After Josh McDaniel finally rose to HC, Brady responded by finishing the season 3-2 and throwing 6 touchdowns for 3 picks. The Patriots were then 8-8 and somehow won the AFC East. After the Patriots won a thriller against Jacksonville and got a free pass to the Conference Championship due to the Texans child pornography scandal, they crashed out versus the Raiders. But, it was clear to see that the Patriots had turned around.
Going into 2019, the Patriots added Keenan Allen to give Brady a real number one wide out for the rest of his career. Together with Allen, Brady and the Patriots have gone 8-0 into the bye week. The Patriots have, also, been reinvigorated with the two-headed running game of Sony Michel and James White. Due to this, the load has been lightened off of Brady’s shoulders and he now has the best passer rating in the XCFL for starters.
On the financial side, Brady has already agreed to a one-year, $30 million contract for next year. This is just a formality and Brady can choose to retire in the offseason. And if he does leave, the Patriots will probably look to the draft to fill the hole with their mid-to-late first round pick. The only other options on the roster are Danny Etling and Cooper Rush, both of whom are yet to throw a pass in the regular season.
Now, I know that Brady wants to play into his mid-forties. However, the promise of finishing his career like other Hall of Famers such as Elway and Manning might be too much. Especially with Drew Brees going out last year on top, Brady may be tempted to leave the hard hits of the NFL after winning his sixth Super Bowl. Especially after proving that he can still play at an age that is unheard of. Maybe this will be the launching point for his own brand of TB12 water and we will all be drinking it in ten years. Or, the Patriots will fall off and get destroyed in the first round. Anyway this goes, there will be a lot of talking heads around the world debating it much before I can and yelling about nothing.