If Tom Brady is thinking about coming out of retirement, he’s gonna have to do it right now; because that ship is about to sail.
The former NFL quarterback called curtains on his career back in February, and not for the first time, so people are having a hard time believing he’ll stay retired. Brady has remained true to his word so far, but the door will soon close on any chance of him coming back as he has agreed to purchase a minority stake in the Las Vegas Raiders.
Brady and team owner Mark Davis have come to terms on the above, with the 45-year-old already buying into Davis’s Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA. While the NFL needs to approve the sale, there’s little doubt that the seven-time Super Bowl champion will become an owner in a non-controlling capacity in the not-too-distant future.
As ESPN’s Jeff Darlington points out, all 32 owners would have to vote in his favor should he want to play again while retaining his ownership stake in the Raiders. This should effectively squash all of the speculation pertaining to a return.
“This should also put to rest any of the final few holdouts still wondering if Tom will come back out of retirement,” Darlington tweeted. “NFL rules require a vote of all 32 teams to allow anyone to play while holding a financial interest in a club. So we can all move on now… right? …right??”
Per league rules, Brady will not be able to join a team as a player once his purchase is approved, unless all 32 teams vote to allow him to. Given how much of a pain he’s been around the NFL, it’s hard to imagine him getting all 32 owners to give him the green light.
There’s also the fact that he has a 10-year deal worth $375 million waiting for him at FOX. Those things combined should be able to keep anyone off a football field, even if they’re Tom Brady.
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