NFL Insider Suggests 2019 Potentially Could Be Tom Brady's Final Season

Tim Kelly
August 21, 2019 - 2:06 pm

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has consistently talked about a desire to play into his mid-40s. However, one of the league's most connected insiders is beginning to wonder whether 2019 could be the 42-year-old's final NFL season.

ESPN's Adam Schefter joined The Greg Hill Show on WEEI, and without reporting anything about Brady's future, did make some credible points about how the six-time Super Bowl Champion may feel about his career beyond 2019.

"I think that people forget that people have lives and they have families and sometimes you want to do what's best for your wife or your kids," Schefter said Wednesday. "Tom is 42 now, and I'm sure that his family has sacrificed plenty for him to do what he has done and for him to be as dedicated as he is to his job and to do it at the level he has. So again, if it's me just looking at it from the outside, I'm just reading the signs; his home is for sale...he's on a contract that voids...it's just saying that this has the potential, one way or another, for this to be his last season in New England."

Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen did list their home in Brookline, MA for sale earlier this month, which came after NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that the two-year/$41 million extension that Brady signed in July was essentially window dressing to move cap money around, as it automatically voids on March 17. Brady also can't be franchise-tagged in 2020 either.

2019 will be Brady's 20th NFL season. A three-time NFL MVP, Brady enters the season fourth in NFL history in passing yards, and third in passing touchdowns, though both he and Drew Brees will almost certainly break the current record of 539, which is held by Peyton Manning. And, of course, Brady is a six-time Super Bowl Champion, making him the only NFL player to ever accomplish that feat.