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When Will the Window Close for Tom Brady?

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Father Time rests for no man and Tom Brady will be no exception. Brady will be turning 37 in August and that prompts the forbidden question: When will Tom Brady stop being Tom Brady? Bill Belichick and his associates believe Brady’s time here will come to an end within 3 or 4 years as they drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in this last draft, and appears to be Brady’s heir apparent.

But when will Brady really pass the torch and retire, or will he truly be tossing the pigskin until he is 50?

Brady put up very similar numbers last year compared to his career averages, even with the lack of talent he was sorely missing. Obviously, Brady still had the consummate “IT” factor as he had a litany of come-from-behind wins, but lost in the AFC Championship to Peyton Manning’s Broncos.

This offseason Brady, got receivers he wanted, and the Pats’ defense also gained some key additions. So, with Brady in good spirits, he can focus on winning more games and getting that 4th Super Bowl.

After this offseason, Brady is inspired and will want to play for as long as possible. From any indication and if history tells us anything it is that football players rarely play in their forties. I personally think if Brady keeps the same guys around him and stays away from injuries, Brady can play another five years, and probably retire in 6 years. However, whatever Brady and Belicheck do in the playoffs will dictate when they will retire. If Brady wins a Super Bowl, he may want to go out on top.

Also, Brady and Belichick may be in cahoots and go out together, which would be a fitting end to their illustrious era.

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