Tom Brady‘s 23rd NFL season came to a screeching halt after Monday night’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. After an 8-9 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in which Todd Bowles’ team backed into the playoffs, Brady won’t be trying for an eighth Super Bowl ring.
Instead, Brady will turn his attention to another offseason, but this one might be more fascinating. Last year Brady retired only to realize he wasn’t done playing football just yet. This time around, he’s set to be an unrestricted free agent, meaning all 32 NFL teams will have a chance to add someone widely acclaimed as the greatest quarterback of all time to their roster.
But Brady is also 45, set to turn 46 in August, and often looked like a shell of his former self during what may have been his final season in Tampa Bay. Being that he’s set to be a free agent, Brady is certain to draw plenty of outside interest from other teams. There’s also the possibility that he re-signs with the Buccaneers, but most don’t anticipate the 15-time Pro Bowl QB returning for a fourth season in Tampa.
In fact, some don’t even think Brady has much left to offer. ESPN’s Marcus Spears is the latest to chime in with his opinion on TB12.
Appearing on the ‘Get Up’ morning show, Spears made some eye-opening comments about Brady.
“Bro, I don’t think Tom Brady gonna win you games any more in this league. Now I know people are scared to say that. When you look at this league now, your athleticism has gotta be a part of your game.”ESPN’s Marcus Spears casting doubt on Tom Brady’s abilities
Obviously, mobility has never been a part of Brady’s game. He may be slowing down, but if a 43-year-old Brady was able to lead his team to the Super Bowl in 2020 with a much stronger roster, could a 46-year-old version still win plenty of games, if given a proper supporting cast?
Spears doesn’t think so. In fact, he thinks Brady doesn’t have much left in the tank. If Brady doesn’t decide to hang up his cleats, we’ll likely learn from several other NFL teams who don’t see eye-to-eye with Spears’ assessment either.