Kraft Offers To Have Brady Retire With the Patriots as Fans Hope for Return
Never say never, Patriots fans, a new offer from Robert Kraft to Tom Brady could be what we've all been hoping for.
The New England Patriots owner spoke with CNN just a day after the legendary quarterback announced his "real" retirement from the NFL and said he wants to extend a one-day contract to Brady so he officially goes out a Patriot.
It doesn't just seem to be talk, either. The longtime team owner was quoted as saying,
“We will do everything in our power to bring him back, have him sign off as a Patriot and find ways to honor him for many years to come.”
As team owner, Kraft clearly has a lot of power. And with the new salary cap structure, the team has over $34 million in wiggle room for deals.
Of course, Brady isn't going to ask for $34 million for a one-day contract (right?), but I'm sure they could come to terms of some sort to have him retire in navy blue rather than pirate red.
Kraft knows the fans would love to have this play out, telling CNN, "Our fans are clamoring for it. To us, he is, always has been and always will be a Patriot."
Of course for those who feel Brady isn't really retiring just yet, this could be the start of some serious conspiracy theories.
It's really not too far-fetched to think Brady could return to New England for a year and be the mentor many feel Mac Jones needs. Plus with Bill O'Brien returning to the team as offensive coordinator, lots of football insiders were talking about Tom returning to the team already.
I'm all in on these theories and would not be at all surprised to see Tom back in New England for the 2023-2024 season.
Of course, it could all just be wishful thinking, but until an actual football season starts without Brady in uniform I can't quite think of him as really leaving the game.