Tom Brady's conditions for snubbing NFL retirement as New England Patriots return unlikely

This likely means Brady won’t return to the Patriots under legendary head coach Bill Belichick, as the 45-year-old became disillusioned and wanted a new challenge. Franchises like the Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders are perhaps placed on alert. 

Social media went wild recently when it emerged Brady rented an apartment in Miami, sparking rumours he could sign with the Dolphins to potentially replace Tua Tagovailoa after the quarterback struggled with concussions in 2022. However, Brady’s children live in the city with Gisele Bundchen, so it was clearly a move just to be closer to family. 

The San Francisco 49ers could also be in the mix for Brady’s signature this offseason. Brady is a boyhood fan of the 49ers as he hails from the Bay Area, but they could opt to continue rolling with seventh-round rookie quarterback Brock Purdy, who takes on the Cowboys in the Divisional Round of the postseason on Sunday night.