Tom Brady of the New England Patriots reacts during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game between the Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, February 5, 2017 in Houston.
Tom Brady officially ended his Hall of Fame career in February. Darron Cummings/AP

If Tom Brady is realistic about a possible return to the griddle, he’s not dropping hints on social media.

Even though Brady declared in February that he was retiring “for good,” that hasn’t stopped rumors about the legendary quarterback from circulating.

On Monday, Rich Eisen dropped a bombshell during his daily radio show, explaining that the top talk at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine was how Brady “might not finish after all.”

But on Tuesday, Brady took to social media to dispel the notion that another comeback was on the horizon for him.

“Anyone who thinks I have time to return to the NFL has never adopted a 2 month old kitten for their daughter,” Brady tweeted.

It was a pretty staunch refusal from Brady, who has had his hands full looking after the two Siamese cats he adopted for his daughter Vivian last month.

Add his other ventures as a film producer and a lucrative broadcasting deal with FOX, and Brady should have plenty of other opportunities to keep himself busy off the football field.

Before he officially hung up his shoes last month, Brady admitted in his “Let’s Go!” Podcast that he wanted to devote most of this offseason to his family.

“I’ve been doing a lot with my kids and family, trying to catch up like most football players do at the end of a long season,” Brady said. “There is a lot of decompression.

“I know we use that word a lot, but there’s a real crash-landing element to all of this, and as long as I’m doing it, there’s no such thing as a soft landing. It ends and it’s over. As much as you’d love for something softer on the way out, it’s just not the reality.”

All signs point to Brady retiring for good. However, given his track record, it’s no surprise that there are still skepticism about his plan to retire from the game.

Eisen noted during Monday’s show that the Dolphins would be a viable target for Brady if he returned.

“The only place people should be looking is Miami,” Eisen said. “If the dolphins somehow or somehow get a medical report or information from a medical exam from Tua [Tagovailoa] that he might not be ready to go, and suddenly Tom Brady is sitting in Florida where his family lives and where he can easily find each other.

“Keep an eye on that, some birdies in the Combine told me that.”

And although it was announced last month that Brady would not begin his 10-year, $375 million contract with FOX until 2024, Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd said on Tuesday that Brady’s uncertain retirement rumors kept his broadcasting career in limbo.

“Someone I trust outside of this building at FOX told me a few weeks ago, ‘I don’t think Brady is going to be a broadcaster any time soon.’ said cowherd. “I think he wants to play.”


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