Tom Brady is retiring from the NFL. Or he still hasn't made up his mind. Or he has and just didn't want to announce it yet.
Saturday was an eventful day on the Brady front: Shortly after ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington reported the Buccaneers quarterback is retiring after 22 seasons, Brady's camp issued a strong pushback, with Brady reportedly calling Tampa Bay GM Jason Licht to insist he hasn't made a decision yet and his father calling out ESPN for spreading an "unsubstantiated rumor."
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At this point, it looks like Brady still plans to retire. But the bizarre saga led to a flurry of activity on social media, with NFL notables initially sharing their tributes to the GOAT only to backtrack when they realized Brady might not be retiring yet. Take Julian Edelman for example: The former New England Patriots wide receiver shared a clever follow-up to his original tweet thanking his longtime QB.
Edelman wasn't the only ex-Patriot to do a social media about-face. Wide receiver Josh Gordon, who played with Brady in 2018 and 2019, sent these two amusing tweets about five minutes apart:
Former Patriots running back Danny Woodhead did something similar:
Ex-Patriots offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger joked about Brady going on a nine-year revenge tour after ESPN's premature report, while Brady's first offensive coordinator, Charlie Weis, shared his take on why the report of Brady retiring now didn't make much sense.
So, what is Brady really thinking right now? Fellow ex-Patriots QB Matt Cassel is on the case ... with no results yet.
We'd imagine Brady will clear things up in the near future, but for now, the internet appears to agree with Patriots rookie Ronnie Perkins.