- Tom Brady finally retired from football in February at the age of 45
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Tom Brady was apparently ready to continue playing in the NFL with the Las Vegas Raiders at the age of 46 before events in his life off the field prevented the sensational move.
According to the Las Vegas Raiders Insider Podcast With Hondo Carpenter, the Raiders turned to Brady when they knew they were parting ways with quarterback Derek Carr.
Carr announced on January 12 that he was leaving the Raiders, and Brady announced his retirement on February 1 after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost in the playoffs to the Dallas Cowboys on January 17.
Carpenter explained: “I won’t go into too much detail. “I can’t. So if you choose not to believe that, that’s okay. The Raiders believed they were getting Tom Brady and had every reason to believe so.
Tom Brady was reportedly ready to continue playing in the NFL this season with the Las Vegas Raiders
Brady, pictured with Raiders owner Mark Davis, retired from football in February at age 45
Brady wanted to continue playing for the Raiders, but apparently “things happened in his life”
‘I said [last season] You don’t get rid of a Derek Carr for a Jimmy Garoppolo, and that wasn’t the plan. Period. Wasn’t the plan.
“Then some things happened in Tom Brady’s life that made coming to the Raiders and playing quarterback not an option for him.” That wasn’t the Raiders’ fault. I’ve seen some people say that Brady didn’t want to play for the Raiders. Not exactly.
“They had Tom Brady planned. Go out and get a newbie. Develop him behind Brady and keep moving. So their third choice was Jimmy Garoppolo. I won’t take no for an answer. 2 for a while. I’ll get into it one day who no. 2 was. I can’t say no. 2 today.’
Carpenter did not specify whether Brady would have given up his career to play for the Raiders or if he would have retired after knowing he would not be moving to Las Vegas.
But he added: “I’m not going to judge this organization for not hiring Tom Brady because I know there were some things that happened behind the scenes that were absolutely not their fault.”
“I won’t go into detail as to why.” “I won’t share things behind the curtain that they have no control over.”
Brady has since attempted to purchase a minority stake in the Raiders, but the purchase is currently on hold.
Last year, he famously opted out of another season with the Bucs, which was scuppered by his divorce from Brazilian supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen.