Tom Brady Will Not Wear Another Team’s Jersey [OPINION]
As usual, there is a lot of speculation about the future of the GOAT in New England. And as usual, much of it is pure speculation from those who think they know what Tom Brady is thinking.
Football insider Adam Schefter told ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown before Monday's Patriots-Jets contest in the Meadowlands that he doubts Brady will be with the Patriots next season. Schefter says Brady appears to be "setting up to move on."
Not retiring, but moving on to another team. That would be unthinkable for Patriots Nation.
Schefter says there are signs everywhere that Brady is on his way out.
"Has he put his home for sale? Yes. Has his trainer put his home for sale? Yes. Has he set up his contract to void after the season to become a free agent? Yes," Schefter said. "If he’s selling his home and his trainer is selling his home and he’s voiding his contract, what does that tell you?”
Tom Brady is 42 years old. He has spent his entire professional career in New England. Brady knows, as do the fans, that the end is coming a lot sooner than anyone would like to admit, but does it mean that Brady is looking for greener pastures? Where would he go? Schefter is correct that any number of teams would love to add Brady to their roster but why would such a move make sense for Brady? It doesn't.
I am going to go out on a limb here and suggest that when Brady finally does clean out his locker at Gillette Stadium, his next move will be to the golf course and not to another stadium. Should the Patriots win the Super Bowl this season I think Brady will retire. If not, all bets are off.
The relationship that Tom Brady has with the Patriots organization and the fan base is extraordinary. Brady has sacrificed personal wealth so that others could remain with the team. Brady will be enshrined into the Hall Of Fame wearing a Patriots jersey after having spent his entire career in New England.
Brady is not in search of more money. He might be tempted by an opportunity to win another ring with a different team but I don't believe he will. He also understands loyalty and would put the fans ahead of everything else. He also knows when to retire while on top without looking like a fool like so many athletes who stick around too long.
Brady may retire after this season but he won't switch jerseys.
There, just more total speculation from someone who thinks he knows what Brady is thinking.
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