Tom Brady declines to speculate on future after Buccaneers’ season-ending loss — for now

Tom Brady understands that there is interest in his future amid rumors that the 44-year-old is finally considering retirement.

The Buccaneers quarterback offered a brief update on what the future holds in an Instagram post on Tuesday, namely that he doesn’t have any updates. Brady, whose second season with the Buccaneers ended in a division-round loss to the Rams, said he’s just reflecting on what has been an “incredibly rewarding” season in Tampa Bay.

“I understand that at this stage in my career there is going to be interest in my future every time a season ends, but this week, all I have on my mind is the gratitude I have for this team and the fans that have supported us all. the year,” Brady said in his post. “This year has been incredibly rewarding personally and professionally and I thank everyone who worked hard to help our team achieve so much.”

Brady is under contract with the Buccaneers through the 2022 season.

Rumors began to circulate Sunday morning that Brady, who would end his 22nd year in the NFL with a loss later that day, would consider hanging up his shoes for good after the 2021 season, regardless of whether the Bucs they became consecutive as Super. Bowling Champions. Among the reasons listed for possible retirement: to focus on non-football endeavors, such as movies and clothing lines, and to spend more time with his family.

In fact, Brady confirmed that his family will play a big role in his decision to play again in 2022.

“Playing football gives me a lot of joy and I love it. But not playing football, now it gives me a lot of joy,” he said. “As I’ve grown up, the best part is that football is extremely important in my life and it means a lot to me and I care a lot about what we’re trying to accomplish as a team and I care a lot about my teammates. The difference now that I am older is that now I also have children, and I also worry a lot about them.

“It hurts (Gisele Bundchen) to see them hit me,” Brady said. “And she deserves what she needs from me as a husband and my children deserve what they need from me as a father.”

Brady has previously said that he intended to play out his entire contract with the Buccaneers, which would be his 45-year-old season in 2022. He had even suggested that, physically, he could play into his 50s.

That said, it’s unclear if the outcome of Sunday’s game will affect Brady’s decision to return for another season. He also said that he would have preferred to end the season with a loss than not play:

“As much as it hurts to lose,” he said, “it’s much more enjoyable for me to be in the arena than not to be in the arena.”

In the end, the person who can best guess what the future holds for Brady…is Brady himself. For now, it might be a mystery even to him.