Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady hasn’t actually made a decision on retirement after all. Despite the reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington, TB12 himself has apparently contacted Bucs GM Jason Licht and said he has yet to make his mind up.
Report for @BallySports: Tom Brady contacted @Buccaneers GM Jason Licht and told him he has not yet made a final decision on retirement, disputing the ESPN report. Licht is respecting Brady's process and waiting for a definitive answer, whenever it comes, from the QB.
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) January 29, 2022
This is wild. He never announced himself, while Tom Brady’s agent, Don Yee, also sounded skeptical when he released this statement about his client:
Statement from Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee: pic.twitter.com/vbUhSToYtT
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 29, 2022
Brady’s father apparently informed Kylen Mills of Kron4 News that his son isn’t hanging them up quite yet and claimed all the reports are false:
JUST IN: Tom Brady Sr. tells @kron4news that his son is not retiring. Brady Sr. says an online publication started circulating an unsubstantiated rumor. However a number of NFL insiders are now reporting it. @kron4news #TomBrady #NFL
— Kylen Mills (@KylenMills) January 29, 2022
Per Jenna Laine of ESPN, Arians said Brady hasn’t informed Tampa that he is retiring, either:
Tom Brady hasn’t informed the Bucs that he’s retiring. Bruce Arians told me, “He hasn’t. Not even close to making up his mind yet. He told us.”
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) January 29, 2022
To be honest, it’s hard to believe Brady would be calling it quits after the type of season he just had. The 44-year-old is the ultimate competitor and he’s still playing at a very high level for his age. It’s not like TB12 needs more Super Bowl rings, but there are no signs that he’s ready to call it a day.
Tom Brady did say after the Bucs’ loss to the Rams in the Divisional Round that he will take time to process the decision, with family expected to play a huge part. Tampa is expected to have quite a bit of roster turnover this offseason though with several key players becoming free agents. If Brady does ultimately keep playing, it could be elsewhere. There was always a belief he would retire with the Patriots on a one-day deal.
I guess we just all have to wait and see.