The Patriots lost to the Titans by a score of 20-13, which has everyone wondering what step the most prominent player in the NFL will take next . Come March 18 at 4:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time), Tom Brady will become an unrestricted free agent. Will Brady begin his retirement? Is he planning on working out a new deal with Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick? May Brady join a brand new franchise at this stage of his career? I believe that it would make the most sense for him to retire and walk into the sunset.
First off, I don’t believe he is still financially incentivized to play anymore. According to Business Insider, Tom Brady has amassed a cumulative earnings of 235.2 million dollars. His wife Gisele Bundchen also has no shortage of money in her own right, setting their family up for many generations. Speaking of finances, Tom and Gisele have put their 10,000 square foot estate on the market. This house is located in Brookline, MA, which could have some significance in regards to a possible retirement. Another aspect to consider is that Brady has already cemented his place in history as the best quarterback of all time. He has six Super Bowl rings, ranking as the most of all time. Brady is first in postseason career passing yards, first in postseason career passing touchdowns, second in career regular season passing yards, and second all-time in career touchdown passes. The person that he is chasing in regular season passing yards and touchdowns is Drew Brees, who he probably won’t catch due to the likelihood of Brees lasting longer than Brady. The last thing to consider is recent performance. Brady has seen his quarterback rating and passer rating decline every year since 2016. Accuracy has also shown to be an issue this year. At 42 years old, he isn’t getting any younger and may continue to have some struggles returning to his vintage self. With everything said, I don’t expect Brady to retire just yet. This roster remains in position to make another Super Bowl run, especially if Tom Brady develops more chemistry with his new group of wide receivers. Addressing the tight end position is mandatory and would add another weapon to the offense. Look for Brady to sign a one year deal with a player option for a second year and make another run at the Lombardi Trophy.