Tom Brady hints at age 45 retirement on Instagram

Welcome to the excavation period of the NFL calendar.With NFL players and coaches on summer break, we, the football fan, are left to dig around to insatiate our daily need for pigskin content.Beat reporters shovel through notebooks and recorders, looking for old quotes and notes on previously passed story ideas, hoping to stumble upon mind-sparking concepts to flesh out over the next five weeks.National insiders peck at the periphery of big storylines that will take them into training camp, while doling out middling transactional information along the way.And fans are left to read the Tweets, Facebook posts and Instagrams of players on vacation or doing charity work to fill the gaps in between.Adding social media to the excavation portion of the NFL offseason resulted in a rare dynamic wherein fans and media peck over player and team accounts like an archaeologist unearthing a 75-million-year-old fossil, slowly and calmly brushing away the sediment in hopes of keeping the bone intact.These social media scientists unearthed a whopper on Tuesday.Tom Brady made headlines over the weekend telling Oprah his retirement would come “sooner rather than later.”Of course, that led to everyone and their step-cousin speculating what “sooner” could possibly mean. Next week? After this season? Next season? Eighteen months? 199 days? 650 days? Two years? Three years????Brady, a social media master, playfully commented on an ESPN Instagram post about the speculation, hinting his original timeline for retirement plans hasn’t changed.”Cuarenta y cinco,” Brady wrote accompanied three monkey emojis: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

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