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Mike Florio Is Doubling Down On His Tom Brady Claim

Chris Simms on set with ProFootballTalk commenters.

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 26: San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan speaks with Pro Football Talk Radio's Mike Florio and Chris Simms during the 2018 NFL Annual Meetings at the Ritz Carlton Orlando, Great Lakes on March 26, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by B51/Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Tom Brady has retired, but not everyone is ready to close the book on his decorated career.

Earlier this week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians attempted to shut down any speculation of the 44-year-old returning to play for the other team. He called it "bad business" to accommodate such a request and joked that he might consider trading him for five first-round picks.

However, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio still believes Brady will come back to play for another team.

On Friday, Florio asserted that "as a practical matter, [Brady's] commitment to the Buccaneers has ended."

"So far, only Arians (true to form) has assumed the tough-guy posture on Brady’s contract. But Arians won’t be making the decision on this one," Florio wrote. "If/when Brady decides he wants to play again, he’ll make the first call not to Arians but to G.M. Jason Licht. If necessary, Brady will go to ownership and make the simple and persuasive case for his freedom."

He's not backing down from that belief. Appearing on 95.7 The Game's "The Morning Roast" Friday, Florio said he doesn't expect Brady's retirement to last.

“I've come to the conclusion that Tom Brady has retired from the Buccaneers -- not from football,” Florio said. “He is trying to gracefully exit from Tampa Bay even though he's under contract for one more year."

Florio said the California native would be tempted to play for his hometown San Francisco 49ers.

“People say, ‘What else does Brady have to accomplish?’,” Florio said. “Well, he’s never played for the team he grew up rooting for. That’s got a strong psychological and emotional hold on anyone."

Florio's assessment that Brady could successfully maneuver his way to another team might be correct. The bigger question is if he wants to do so.