While rumors of Tom Brady’s retirement broke early on Saturday afternoon, there was no announcement from Brady himself, sparking speculation on whether or not a decision on his future had actually been made.
While reports continue to go back and forth regarding Brady’s playing future, there was one person who commented who would absolutely be plugged into the quarterback’s decision making: his father, Tom Brady Sr.
NFL Network’s Mike Giardi reportedly exchanged texts with Brady Sr. on Saturday afternoon, and he had a few things to say regarding his son’ss retirement reprts.
Checked in with Tom Brady Sr. who tells me, and I quote, “This story Mike is total conjecture. Tommy has not made a final decision one way or the other and anybody else that says that he has is absolutely wrong.” #TomBrady #Buccaneers
— Mike Giardi (@MikeGiardi) January 29, 2022
Local Tampa Bay media reporters also backed up Brady sir’s claims, indicating that Brady had not yet informed the Buccaneers of his decision to hang up the cleats.
Pump the brakes for a bit.
Tom Brady has not informed the Bucs of his plans to retire. “No, he hasn’t that we know of,” Bruce Arians told me. “Agent (Donald Yee) just told us he hasn’t made up his mind.” https://t.co/1pb7AC4U45
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) January 29, 2022
After the initial rebuttal of the Brady retirement reports by Stroud, Mike Silver of Bally Sports reported that Brady reached out to Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht and told them that his decision was indeed not final.
Report for @BallySports: Tom Brady contacted @Buccaneers GM Jason Licht and told him he has not yet made a final decision on retirement, disputing the ESPN report. Licht is respecting Brady’s process and waiting for a definitive answer, whenever it comes, from the QB.
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) January 29, 2022
While an announcement has not come from Brady himself regarding his playing future, there has not yet been a report indicating that he has made the decision to return for next season. Rather, most reports disputing the initial retirement report indicate that he has not made a definitive decision in either direction.