Tom Brady has announced via Facebook that he will return to the NFL in 2020.
He said in his statement that he, “still [has] more to prove.” This line came after a lengthy thank you to the fans, and posited that “failure is inevitable.” The post did not include the words “returning to the NFL” specifically, but the tone heavily suggested as much.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller shared a link to the announcement via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.
Tom Brady. Not retiring. https://t.co/k3m9BW2lNw
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 8, 2020
This decision is significant due to his unrestricted free agent status. He is able to sign with whomever he chooses, so depending on the Patriots’ interest in re-signing him, NFL fans may have to watch Brady finish his career in a different jersey.
New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft has gone on record saying his, “hope and prayer” is that Brady either re-signs with his team or retires. He very well could re-sign in New England, but Brady, for the first time in his career, has a lot of leverage on the Patriots.
He has famously taken “hometown discounts” and restructured deals to be more team and cap friendly. Ahead of 2020, with six Super Bowl rings and nearing the end of his career, however, now has full control to turn down any offer the Patriots present which he does not think is fair.
Speculation has run rampant on whether he would retire, return to the Patriots or move to another team. Seemingly, the best team outside of New England with the best chance to land him is the Los Angeles Chargers. Due to their need to boost ticket sales and Phillip Rivers’ ineffectiveness, they would be willing to pay Brady upwards of $30 million to come open their new stadium.
No one knows what colors he will be wearing, but number 12 will return for his 20th season in 2020.
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