Donovan McNabb: Tom Brady Should Retire

McNabb believes the Patriots will move on from Brady this offseason and that No. 12 should "shut it down"

Zach Gelb
January 08, 2020 - 10:04 am
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It remains to be seen who the New England Patriots will start at quarterback next season, but Donovan McNabb does not believe it will be Tom Brady.

“I think they move on from Tom,” McNabb said on The Zach Gelb Show. “I think they look into the draft and what they can bring in. Maybe they go with a guy that can come and hold it down for a year or two – Philip Rivers or whatever it may be, a Marcus Mariota, who knows? And then they look more at getting younger and bringing in a young guy that they can kind of groom [to] be maybe the next Tom Brady.”

If the Patriots move on from Brady, the Chargers and Colts, among others teams, could inquire about his services. McNabb, though, would advise Brady to retire.

“Personally, I think Tom should shut it down,” McNabb said. “He’s accomplished all that you can possibly accomplish at this point. He’s proven that he’s a winner. He’s the greatest of all time at the position, and sometimes you just got to know when to fold them and just kind of walk off into the sunset with the peace sign in the air and say thank you.”

McNabb also shared his thoughts on his former head coach, Andy Reid, who is eyeing a return to the AFC Championship. The Chiefs host the Texans in the divisional round this Sunday at 3:05 p.m. ET.

“I think this is the year for Andy to win the Super Bowl,” McNabb said. “Their defense is playing well, special teams with (Kelvin) Harmon back there returning kickoffs and if they decide to put Tyreek Hill at punt return, Patrick Mahomes is hot right now, their running game is elevated with LeSean McCoy and (Damien) Williams, and Travis Kelce is being Travis Kelce. You have to give credit to Steve Spagnuolo and what he was able to do with this defense and change things around at the right time. Offensively it’s like a video game watching Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the guys continue to operate.”