Over the past few days, rumors have surfaced that all signs point to Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady retiring from the NFL. After 22 seasons in the league, rumors turned to reports on Saturday that Brady would be retiring, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington.
Brady has said for weeks that he doesn’t want a “farewell tour” in his final season and when he chose to retire, it would be a decision that didn’t create any drama that left him. preceded it, according to ESPN.
It’s the exact opposite for the seven-time Super Bowl winner. Since the initial report of Brady’s retirement, his company’s Twitter page, TB12 Sports, deleted an early congratulatory tweet for Brady on his retirement.
While reports emerged on Saturday that Brady’s decision was yet to be made, multiple sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport that the pushback seems to be based on the moment, rather than the final decision.
Since the Rams beat the Buccaneers 30-27 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, Brady has been weighing his options for next year. According to ESPN, some of the factors that have weighed on Brady when it comes to his retirement include family and health.
He also acknowledged that Tampa Bay would most likely experience a significant roster turnover, per ESPN. On Monday, the three-time MVP said Rick Stroud of Tampa Bay Weather that retirement was “not always” what he wanted but that it was important to take this into account for his family.
“I said a few years ago, that’s what relationships are all about. It’s not always what I want,” Brady said. “That’s what we want as a family. And I’m going to spend a lot of time with them and find out in the future what’s next.
“It hurts him to see me getting hit over there,” Brady said of his wife, by Stroud. “And she deserves what she needs from me as a husband and my kids deserve what they need from me as a father.”
Then on Tuesday, Brady followed that statement up with an Instagram post of gratitude, thanking Tampa Bay fans and teammates for an incredible 2021 season.
“I understand that at this age in my career there will be interest in my future every time a season ends,” Brady wrote. “But this week all I care about is the gratitude I have for this team and the fans who have supported us throughout the year.”
“I always want to win, I think it’s pretty obvious now, but that doesn’t mean losing is synonymous with failure, especially when you fight like we did. There’s so much to appreciate. in a season like this when you’re surrounded by a team that believes in each other and plays for the people who stand on either side of them. To everyone who participated this year, thank you. love all!”
The writing was on the wall for Brady’s retirement. While the five-time Super Bowl MVP himself has not confirmed his retirement, his secondary fire days may have come to an end.
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