Is Tom Brady officially retired? QB reportedly files paperwork with NFL, NFLPA

Is Tom Brady officially retired? QB reportedly files paperwork with NFL, NFLPA
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After the drama of last offseason and his early announcement this year, there will be constant questions this year about whether Tom Brady is retired for real.

It looks as if Brady has taken a step toward making it official. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday that Brady filed his retirement papers with the NFL and the NFL Players Association, the next move after informing the team.

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Brady’s retirement last year was brief. He was out of the league for 40 days before deciding to come back for one last ride.

Tom Brady officially filed a letter today with the NFL and NFLPA, reconfirming his Feb. 1 retirement, per sources.This letter silences any questions about whether Brady might return and now makes him eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2028. pic.twitter.com/o8iAgbxrQS

Brady retired a second time on Feb. 1, 2023.

Is Tom Brady officially retired?

As with any job, retirement is more than saying you’re retired. There’s also paperwork involved. Brady reportedly filing papers with the NFL and NFLPA sets several things in motion.

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One, Brady is now eligible to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2028; he’s a first-ballot lock. Two, the Buccaneers are on the hook for the majority of Brady’s $35 million dead cap hit. Brady retiring in February means the team can’t restructure his contract, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine. If the retirement had been processed after June 1, then the Buccaneers could have altered the voidable years to space out the cap hit, Laine added.

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Brady filing for retirement also means he’s moving ahead with working for Fox Sports. He said this month that he would join the network in 2024, at which point he’s likely to take the top NFL color analyst spot from Greg Olsen.

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Brady said on his “Let’s Go” podcast with Jim Gray he doesn’t “envision” another comeback.

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In other words, all signs point to this retirement being for real. A change of heart isn’t completely out of the question, but Brady seems to be doing everything he can to curb such talk this time around.