We’re starting to gain a better understanding as to why Tom Brady retired – and then un-retired – earlier this offseason.
Per NFL insider Mike Florio, Brady didn’t retire with the intention to walk away from football. Brady reportedly retired to get away from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The NFL legend had plans to become a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins this year.
However, those plans came to a halt when Brian Flores filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL and several teams – the Dolphins being one of them.
Had Brady become a minority owner in Miami, he likely would have worked his way to becoming the Dolphins quarterback.
Could he retire after 2022? Possibly. But that possibility becomes less significant if we regard his 2022 retirement for what it was
It wasn’t a retirement from football but an attempted retirement from the Buccaneers,” Florio explained, via NESN.com.
When the Miami possibility imploded, and when nothing materialized in San Francisco, his only option was to play for the Buccaneers in 2022.”
Well that certainly offers an important perspective. We guess Tom Brady never really planned to walk away from football, just the Buccaneers.
It is interesting to note Bruce Arians, Tampa Bay’s head coach over the past two seasons, decided to step away from his position this offseason. Did Brady influence that decision? It’s plausible.