Back in May, it was reported that Brady was joining the Raiders ownership group. The team is owned by Mark Davis, who inherited the team in 2011 following the passing of his father, Al.
But in an update, Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network are reporting that Brady’s ownership stake with the Raiders has yet to be finalized. This leaves the door open for the 46-year-old legend to un-retire again and play for another team if he so desires:
“The New York Jets did not make a call to Tom Brady after Aaron Rodgers was lost for the season to a torn Achilles, sources say, and the all-time great has made it very clear that he’s retired for real this time.
However, the door will officially remain open for Brady to play for any team — at least until October and quite possibly longer.
Brady’s purchase of a minority stake in the Raiders has not been finalized, sources say. A vote could come as soon as next month’s Fall League Meeting, sources say, but there is still plenty to sort out with financing and plenty of information regarding a potential purchase still to be shared.
There’s no guarantee the process is done by October, which means the Winter League Meeting in December could be the time for Brady to finally and firmly close the door on playing in the NFL.”
As the two NFL insiders noted, the chances of Brady returning to football would essentially be zero once he joins the Raiders’ ownership group. League rules, understandably, don’t allow active NFL players to carry ownership stakes in teams.
Brady’s initial retirement in 2022 lasted just 40 days, before he announced his plans to rejoin the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his 23rd professional season. Brady announced his second retirement on Feb. 1, but of course, many fans and analysts had at tough time taking that one seriously.
Fast forward nearly eight months later, however, and Brady hasn’t gone back on his retirement word. There were plenty of calls for the New York Jets to give Brady a call after Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles on Monday against the Buffalo Bills, but that doesn’t appear to be in the cards at this time.
If there are any clubs out there who are seriously interested in signing Brady, they better begin their pitches now. Because as Rapoport and Pelissero pointed out, Brady won’t be able to un-retire once he’s part of the Raiders’ ownership group.
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