A firestorm broke out on social media on Saturday after ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington reported that Tom Brady plans to retire from the NFL this offseason.
At first, players, media members and fans grappled with the fact that the greatest quarterback of all time was finally hanging up his jersey and cleats for good. However, the reaction on social media started to change when it became uncertain if Brady was actually calling it quits.
Soon after the report came out, conflicting information started to emerge. Brady's agent said that only his client could provide complete accuracy on his future plans and Tom Brady Sr. explained that his son has not made a decision just yet.
Amidst the confusion, one of Brady's former teammates, quarterback Matt Cassel stole the show with the "report" of the day. The former New England Patriot said that he texted the 44-year-old to get some clarity on the increasingly confusing situation.
Unfortunately, he didn't get a response.
"Can confirm that I texted Tom Brady and he didn’t text me back," Cassel
Can confirm that I texted Tom Brady and he didn’t text me back.
— Matt Cassel (@M_Cassel16) January 29, 2022
">wrote on Twitter.
Cassel and Brady have a history together, having both played for New England from 2005 to ’08. Cassel served as Brady's backup during that span, but started 15 games in 2008 after Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 1. He threw for 3,693 yards and 21 touchdowns that year, which landed him a huge deal with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009.
Cassel hasn't played in the NFL since 2018.
As of Sunday morning, it's still unknown exactly what Brady's next move is. The Buccaneers have said that the seven-time Super Bowl champ has not yet told them of his decision, but reports from a number of NFL insiders suggest that the 44-year-old does plan to retire sometime soon.
While its unclear when we'll hear from Brady next, Cassel seems to be in the same boat as the rest of us, patiently waiting to hear what his former teammate will do.