Tom Brady has been one of the most successful quarterbacks in NFL history, with five Super Bowls and six MVPs. But after an injury-shortened season he said that next year would be his last as a player.
Tom Brady says he’s returning as Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB next season. The “tom brady breaking news” is a topic that has been circulating the internet for a while, and it was finally confirmed by Tom Brady himself.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The retirement of Tom Brady lasted 40 days.
Brady announced on Sunday that he will return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his 23rd NFL season. On Twitter and Instagram, the seven-time Super Bowl winner revealed his decision, stating that he had “unfinished business.”
“”Over the last two months, I’ve recognized that my place on the field, not in the stands,” Brady wrote. “That moment will arrive. But that isn’t the case right now. I adore my colleagues, as well as my loving family. They are the ones who make it all possible. I’m returning to Tampa for my 23rd season.”
I’ve recognized over the last two months that my position is still on the field, not in the stands. That moment will arrive. But that isn’t the case right now. I adore my colleagues, as well as my loving family. They are the ones who make it all possible. I’m returning to Tampa for my 23rd season. Unresolved issues pic.twitter.com/U0yhRKVKVm LFG pic.twitter.com/U0yhRKVKVm
March 13, 2022 — Tom Brady (@TomBrady)
Brady made the news on the same day that soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo questioned him, “You’re done right?” in a video on his Instagram stories. Brady’s response was not audible, but the look on his face indicated he hadn’t given up on retirement yet.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht said the news was something the organization has been planning for in recent days in a statement released Sunday evening.
“[Head coach Bruce Arians] and I have had many talks with Tom lately that have led us to feel there is a reasonable possibility he will want to return,” Licht said. “Tom Brady is the best quarterback of all time and still competes at the highest level. We will proceed with our summer preparations to replenish this squad for another championship run now that this choice has been made.”
At the NFL combine two weeks ago, Arians said that he did not believe Brady would return, adding that he believed the quarterback was done due to the reasons he retired, mostly family. His children are growing older, and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, has said that witnessing him take so many knocks has been difficult for her. Brady, on the other hand, is able to return due of his family’s unwavering support.
Arians said in a statement on Sunday that the club is “ecstatic” that Brady has opted to return for another season.
“Tom Brady is as passionate about football as anybody I’ve ever met,” Arians remarked. “As Tom said, his current location is on the football field.”
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The revelation comes only one day after a collector paid $518,000 for Brady’s last career touchdown throw to wide receiver Mike Evans, who exclaimed, “LFG!” shortly after Brady’s statement.
Brady’s comeback comes on the brink of NFL free agency, when the Buccaneers will be up against it to keep all of their free agents. With the Bucs currently $11 million over the salary cap, tight end Rob Gronkowski, center Ryan Jensen, right guard Alex Cappa, cornerback Carlton Davis, running back Leonard Fournette, safety Jordan Whitehead, defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, and outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul are all set to become unrestricted free agents.
Gronkowski hasn’t indicated if he’ll be back in 2022, and he claimed at the conclusion of the season that his future was unrelated to Brady’s.
Following the news of Brady’s comeback, the Buccaneers’ chances to win the Super Bowl dropped from 20-1 to 10-1 at Caesars Sportsbook. Their chances of winning the NFC have dropped from 10-1 to 5-1, putting them in fourth place behind the Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers, and San Francisco 49ers.
Following the news, Brady’s chances to win the 2022 NFL MVP plummeted from 45-1 to 9-1, putting him third behind Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers. Brady and the Buccaneers’ odds were suspended for more than an hour as Caesars Sportsbook processed the news and booked NCAA tournament lines.
This article was written with the help of the Associated Press.
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