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Tom Brady to Re-Sign with Patriots? An Emmitt to D-Ware Cowboys Concept

Cowboy Maven on FanNation 2/2/2023 Mike Fisher
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Emmitt Smith and DeMarcus Ware each "retired as a Cowboy.'' And yes, it would seem fitting that Tom Brady would do something similar in order to be a "Patriot for life.''

FRISCO - The Dallas Cowboys did not invent the concept of a retiring player who'd previously left returning to the organization under the terms of a ceremonial one-day contract so he could "retire as a Cowboy.'' ... also known as "a Cowboy for life.''

But Dallas has pretty much perfected it. And now the New England Patriots would be wise to do it themselves with "prodigal son'' Tom Brady.

This week, upon announcing his NFL retirement (“for good,” this time, he swore) from the NFL, Tom Brady officially parted from his 2022 employer the Tampa Bay Bucs. So maybe the good people of Tampa have other ideas; after all, he won a Super Bowl there, too.

But in New England? The Patriots legend Tom Brady has in the last few years remained at the top of the collective consciousness of the fan base in a region in which he spent 20 of his 23 illustrious seasons.

Naturally, therefore, Patriots owner and CEO Robert Kraft would like to make Tom a Patriot once again.

Even if only for a day. ... with a one-day contract that will sort of last a lifetime.

“I’d do it tomorrow,” Kraft said on CNN on Thursday. “Not only do I want it, our fans are clamoring for it and to us, he always has been and always will be a Patriot ... We’ll do everything we can in our power to bring him back, sign off as a Patriot and find ways to honor him for many years to come.”

That worked with Emmitt Smith after he was traded to Arizona but then "retired as a Cowboy'' in 2005. It worked with DeMarcus Ware after he left for Denver but then "retired as a Cowboy'' in 2017.

And yes, it would seem fitting that Tom Brady will be a "Patriot for life.''

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