49ers news: Tom Brady officially retires from the NFL, amid speculation that he’d sign with the 49ers
Last week, when asked if he would be retiring this offseason, Tom Brady said, “If I knew what I was going to do, I would have done it already.” This video surfaced on January 24.
A week later, Brady posted an early morning video announcing his retirement:
There will be no homecoming in the Bay Area for what many consider to be the greatest QB of all time.
According to NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco, a 49ers player said, “If he wants to play, isn’t this the team he would want to play for?” spontaneous. On the contrary, it shows what the players think of Brady, despite his age. It’s Tom Brady. We’re talking about a seven-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Super Bowl MVP who also won the NFL MVP three times.
But Brady’s message is clear. He is retiring for good this time. And while some may have listed Brady in the 49ers out of sheer speculation, he was a free agent, which made him an option for San Francisco.
It wasn’t going to be the first time Brady had been linked to the Niners, but it was probably the closest the two sides could come to a deal.
Brady’s durability would have made him an attractive option for a team that has been decimated by injuries everywhere, but especially at quarterback. Instead, the 45-year-old decided to hang up his boots.