Tom Brady’s first NFL retirement was a short one, and fans continue to hold onto the hope that his second follows the same trend.
It’s been over a month since Brady walked away from the game, so he’s now officially been retired for a longer time than he did in 2022.
Nonetheless, he didn’t do a lot to shut down speculation about a potential return with his latest statement.
When asked about potentially coming back to play for the Miami Dolphins, the seven-time Super Bowl champion said that he’s got some friends in the organization that he really likes.
Video: Tom Brady was asked about possibly unretiring and playing for the #Dolphins
Brady: “I do have some friends on the Dolphins I really like.”pic.twitter.com/n9A9g83Myd
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) April 20, 2023
Needless to say, fans didn’t waste a second to take to Twitter with their wild takes and conspiracies about Brady potentially coming back.
He needs the money
— Wealth Turtle 💰🐢 (@wealth_turtle) April 20, 2023
“With Tua on Injured Reserve, the Dolphins now plan to sign Tom Brady.”
You never want to see injuries, obviously, but this clearly feels like the only way he’d come out of retirement.
— Pats Buzz (@PatsBuzz) April 20, 2023
Get Brady and Rodgers in the same division. 10 years ago that would have been amazing. Now it’ll be like watching people at a nursing home.
— Wisconsin Family (@Wisconsin_fam) April 20, 2023
LETS GOOO. BRADY TO MIAMI CONFIRMED
— yungkuch (@YungKuch) April 20, 2023
He’s flirting with the idea of being a backup QB on the dolphins but it will never happen.
— Sports4natic 🍥 (@JG_MIA_305) April 20, 2023
Notably, Brady was reportedly quite close to joining the Dolphins before his first return.
The Dolphins had a plan to bring him out of retirement alongside HC Sean Payton shortly after firing Brian Flores.
Then, Flores’ lawsuit forced them to pump the brakes on that plan, and the league eventually stripped them of a draft pick for tampering with Brady.
The Dolphins seem to be all set for the future with Tua Tagovailoa, but the Alabama product has a history of injuries and he recently admitted that he contemplated retirement after suffering multiple concussions last season.
Brady is no longer in his prime, and he still had a better season than most QBs in the league in 2023.
So, it might seem like a long shot, but we’ve seen crazier things happen in this league.NEXT: Dolphins Star Has A Message For His Doubters