Tom Brady's retirement has been making headlines since it surfaced on Saturday, but for the wrong reasons. Apparently, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has not made his final decision yet, creating confusion and sparking more questions about his future.
However, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network gave some clarity on the situation, noting that Brady has already made the decision to retire. The only issue? The timing of making the announcement. As Rapoport suggested, Brady's retirement news might have came out too early as initially planned.
From @NFLNetwork: Tom Brady does intend to retire, per several people close to him. The pushback appears to be based on timing, rather than his eventual decision. pic.twitter.com/GSTqDkKcjF
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 29, 2022
After ESPN broke the news that Tom Brady is retiring, it was met with several pushbacks from the Buccaneers, head coach Bruce Arians and even Brady's agent and father.
They all denied that Brady has officially retired, with Arians noting that the 44-year-old signal-caller is “not even close to making up his mind yet.” Meanwhile, the quarterback's agent, Don Yee, released a statement to address the situation.
“I understand the advance speculation about Tom's future. Without getting into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what's being reported, Tom will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy. He knows the realities of the football business and planning calendar as well as anybody, so that should be soon,” Yee wrote.
As Rapoport noted, no one has really denied that Brady will be retiring. While it may just be a case of letting the seven-time Super Bowl winner to make the announcement himself, the fact that it has been leaked early could mean that Brady really does plan to call it a career.
The fact that the TB12 twitter account deleted a tweet celebrating Brady's career is also a big clue that a decision has been made and their camp is just waiting for the right time to announce it.