Should Tom Brady Call it Quits?


UPDATE: In a video posted Feb 1 at 8:12 a.m. to his Twitter, Tom Brady officially retired.

After a humiliating loss last Sunday, questions have arose regarding Tom Brady’s next move and whether he will start a new chapter or hang up the cleats for good.

Tom Brady, widely regarded as the greatest quarterback of all time, or just the greatest football player of all time, has hit the news once again after a devastating loss to the Cowboys on Jan. 16th, which capped of an underwhelming 2022-23 campaign for Brady; this has led many to speculate what’s next for the aging quarterback who is nearly 46 years old and is currently the oldest player in the NFL.

Brady has two options laid out in front of him, he will either join another team in need of a quarterback or cut his losses and retire after a legendary career. It is also possible that he returns to Tampa Bay, but this seems unlikely due to this past season being extremely lackluster for the amount of talent on the Buccaneers roster.

Former Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, with whom Brady won his 7th Super Bowl ring, shared with NBC Sports that he actually believes if Brady does not retire after the 2022-23 season, he will likely return to Tampa Bay for another season because of how close he is with the team.

“He loves his teammates, his coaches, and the organization. If he decides to play next season, I think it will be with the Buccaneers,” Arians stated.

Some potential landing spots that Brady has been linked with are the San Francisco 49ers, the Tennessee Titans, and the Miami Dolphins. These are all teams that would suit Brady’s needs regarding surrounding talent, location/city, and coaching staff. The Niners have one of the most stacked rosters in the league, the Titans head coach Mike Vrabel is a former teammate of Brady’s, and the Dolphins reside in Miami which is not too far from where Brady currently is.

During an episode of “Inside the NFL,” a program which airs on Paramount+, former teammate of Brady’s, Julian Edelman, offered his insight on where he believes Tom Brady will not end up.

“If he has another season, it’s not going to be in Tampa Bay,” Edelman, who retired in 2021, said.

Tom will be a free agent this offseason, which allows him to join really any team he wants as long as both parties, him and whichever team, agree on terms. This would likely see Brady moved at some point in the next few months during the specialized free agency period.

Brady is currently the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he spent the majority of his 23-season career playing for the New England Patriots, where he won six Super Bowls and broke numerous NFL records. Brady has been awarded with the Super Bowl MVP five times, been selected to the Pro Bowl 14 times, and been named as the NFL’s Most Valuable Player three times.

Senior Patriots fan and long time follower of Tom Brady, Chase Webster, expressed sentiments of great respect for Brady’s lengthy career.

“It’s crazy that he’s been able to do it [play in the NFL] for so long, and also play at an MVP caliber level pretty much every year consistently,” Webster said. “23 years is about half of his [Brady’s] life thus far, and it’s longer than I’ve even been alive; it’s just insane to think about and hard to put into perspective.”

Throughout his career, Brady has consistently been one of the league’s most productive and efficient quarterbacks, and his numerous accolades and records are a testament to his skill and success on the field.

Senior football fan Alexander Calianos believes Tom Brady should retire after this past season in order to preserve this great legacy.

“If he [Tom Brady] doesn’t just call it quits now, he runs the risk of having another bad season, then even more if he continues to play,” Xander said. “If this were to happen, people would remember him as a quarterback who went out as a loser rather than a quarterback worthy of G.O.A.T status, which I believe he still has currently.”