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Zolak shares interesting details that point to Tom Brady's return

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When Tom Brady took to Instagram to announce his retirement from the NFL, he never actually used the word "retire" in his statement. That's starting to look like an intentional omission.

Brady has side-stepped questions about his NFL future and still hasn't officially ruled out a return in 2022. While Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians believes the legendary quarterback has "shut the door" on returning next season, Brady's own words suggest otherwise.

Scott Zolak of 98.5 The Sports Hub is among those who believe Brady will be back in the NFL as soon as 2022. The former Patriots quarterback shared some details Wednesday on Zolak & Bertrand that point to the seven-time Super Bowl champion having a change of heart.

"I heard he's throwing," Zolak said  "He's not throwing to players. [He's throwing to] his people. He's staying loose. He ain't done. This story ain't going anywhere.

"I think he wants to play again in the fall, and not Tampa."

Obviously, Brady throwing the football around isn't strong enough evidence that the 44-year-old plans to return. But as Zolak points out, it's typically the last thing a newly-retired quarterback would want to do.

 

"If I was him and I was retired, I wouldn't touch that damn football until I'm playing catch with my kids in the backyard," Zolak said.

We probably won't know anything about Brady's future any time soon, but there will be plenty of speculation in the meantime. If Brady does decide to play in 2022, don't expect it to be in a different uniform. Arians made it clear Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine he wouldn't entertain trade offers for the future Hall of Famer.