With purchase of interest in Raiders not finalized, Tom Brady could still play (in theory)

No, Tom Brady’s purchase of a piece of the Raiders has not been finalized. Yes, until it is, Brady could return and play.

NFL Media makes that obvious point in a Week 2 Sunday Splash! item. It’s unclear why it’s being pointed out when, indeed, it is obvious. Maybe it’s because it’s Tom Brady. Maybe it’s because things are a little slow today. Maybe it’s because Brady is thinking about playing. (There’s no reason to think he is.) Maybe it’s because the Jets are looking for a quarterback. (There’s no reason to think they’d want Brady, since they seem to be all in with Zach Wilson, at least for now.)

It’s an obvious point because: (1) the proposed acquisition hasn’t been approved by owners; and (2) until it is, Brady — as a free agent — can sign with any team at any time.

The question not addressed by the item at NFL.com is whether the deal with the Raiders will ever be finalized. The recent move by the league to block the transfer of equity to employees (players and non-plays alike) sparked a complaint from Raiders owner Mark Davis. It’s believed he had hoped to hire Brady and to have Brady become an equity holder. The new rule quite possibly forced the planned arrangement back to square one.

If so, there’s no reason to think Brady’s effort to become part owner of the Raiders would be finalized during upcoming ownership meetings in October or December. It might just quietly not happen at all.

Which means that Brady could indeed come back and play for any team at any time. No one holds his rights. He’s free and clear to play again, if he would want to.

Again, for now, there’s no reason to think he wants to. During the latest episode of his SiriusXM show, Let’s Go!, Brady sounded more done than ever.

“The advice that I gave different guys is . . . ‘Just make sure you leave it all out there,” Brady said. “Because you just never want to have one drop left and think, ‘Oh, everyone’s down there playing and I’m sitting up here and I still feel like I could do it.’ And I…

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Publish date : 2023-09-17 12:14:54

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