Well, early retirement is relative. Does it count as early if Tom Brady retires while playing some of the best football of his career with the Buccaneers despite almost being 45?
The GOAT still looks like he has another few years left in the tank, but the past week has brought an unforeseen complication to light:
Could this be Tom Brady’s final season with the Buccaneers?
This seems unlikely, but there is a growing level of curiosity in this subject from the national media, and it is hard to rule anything out on such a crazy team.
Based on Brady’s recent comments and actions it is safe to assume that the Bucs control their destiny with the greatest quarterback in franchise history to some degree, but the pressure is on.
Tom Brady isn’t going to stay on a team that can’t compete for a Super Bowl. While Brady’s presence alone has been enough to move the needle in the past, the Bucs do have a mountain of expensive free agents coming up, and an exodus of talent would hurt Tampa’s chances of keeping their most important player.
If the Buccaneers win the Super Bowl, the free agents likely take the pay cut to stay with a great team and the momentum will carry into next season, but a loss against the Rams could make this prospect harder.
Player could see their best chance of winning elsewhere, and this would force the Bucs to become hyper-aggressive in free agency and the trade market to keep as much talent on the team as possible.
The aggressive approach has already shown to work well for the Bucs, and this strategy becomes all the more important if there is a need for a morale boost in the coming months as the Buccaneers try to keep their most important piece interested.
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