Tom Brady’s life in retirement has been nearly as exciting as any of the quarterback’s seven Super Bowl victories. Ever since stepping away from the game following the 2022 season, news stories continue to pop up on what the future truly holds for him.
Brady, considered by many NFL analysts to be the greatest QB to ever play the game, has been the subject of plenty of speculation this offseason. Considering his past, where the end of every year seemingly led to debates on if – and where – he might play, it’s not surprising that his name is attached to a slew of silly scenarios.
So his announcement that he was finally quitting football only opened a Pandora’s Box of conspiracy theories. The armchair experts have been working overtime.
Since posting a video in January saying he was done with the NFL, Tom Brady has been rumored to be returning to play for at least three different teams. Then, there was the recent report that he was going to back out of his massive 10-year, $375 million dollar broadcasting deal with FOX Sports. Despite the fact that Brady quickly brushed off the story. the gossip will likely only grow from there.
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Now, it’s being reported that Tom Brady is set to become part-owner of the Las Vegas Raiders. However, unlike all the tabloid talk? This one sounds like it’s an accurate account, and likely a done deal, although nothing has been confirmed at this time.
This move would make a lot of sense, considering that The G.O.A.T. is already involved in a business partnership with Raiders owner Mark Davis on another pro sports franchise. Less than two months ago, he purchased a small interest in Davis’ WNBA franchise, the Las Vegas Aces.
Brady is set to begin in the booth for FOX at the start of the 2024 season, but that would be unaffected by any investment in the Raiders. A source told ESPN that Fox has “blessed” the arrangement. Sources said that league policy about team ownership overlapping with media employment comes into play only if the owner holds a position of authority at the media company and could impact broadcast rights negotiations.
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Tom Brady reportedly had discussions with the Dolphins about limited ownership previously. An NFL investigation later found that Miami owner Stephen Ross and vice chairman Bruce Beal violated the league’s tampering rules in their negotiations with Brady – who was still an active player at the time. That caused the team to be stripped of its first-round pick in last month’s draft, as well as some fines being handed out to the individuals involved.
For Tom Brady to still be on the minds of so many – even in retirement – is a product of an almost storybook existence in the NFL. He could arguably be considered the greatest pro football player of all time, following a 23-year career that saw him named to 15 Pro Bowls and win five league MVP awards.
His accolades are so far-reaching that his name fills the record books. Tom Brady left the game as its all-time leader in completions (7,753), yards (89, 214), and touchdowns (649). After winning six titles in New England, he mulled retirement before signing with Tampa Bay in 2020. He would go on to win his seventh Super Bowl in his first year for the Buccaneers.
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