Tom Brady’s run as the greatest NFL player of all time may be coming to an end.
According to reports from CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Brady’s future in the league is uncertain after the 2022 NFL playoffs. According to CBS Sports, the Buccaneers organization is preparing for life after from Brady after the season’s conclusion.
“He hasn’t signaled one way or another what he’s going to do, and maybe he doesn’t know it himself,” a source close to Brady said. CBS Sports. “But it wouldn’t be surprising if this was the end.”
Added another source: “Nothing has been said, but there is a feeling among some guys in the locker room that this is it, one way or another. It’s just little things here or there that they’re picking up. Maybe it will turn out to be nothing.” “.
Brady, 44, has led his team to the playoffs for the 19th time in his career. He is 35-11 in 46 career postseason games of his own and has a chance to win his eighth Super Bowl trophy. Another such win would give Brady back-to-back Lombardi Trophies for the first time since the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
The Bucs postseason has been historic.
Tom Brady is 17-3 in his last 20 playoff games (14-6 ATS). To put that in perspective, no NFL team has gone 17-3 over a span of 20 playoff games. The closest was Washington, which went 16-4 from January 1983 to January 1993.
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Additionally, Brady has not only continued to play at the MVP level, but he has also pitched more this season than any of his previous years in the league. He has posted single-season career highs in completions (485), attempts (718) and yards (5,316) while posting 43 touchdowns and 312.7 passing yards per game (both marks that rank second in a season in the career of Brady).
But Brady has worked on short contracts in his two seasons in Tampa Bay and, according to Rapoport, has not indicated whether he will return to the team in 2022, the last year of his current contract.
“From what I understand, he hasn’t told the Bucs yet that he’s coming back. And you talk to sources close to him, as I have over the course of the last few days. He’s expected to take some time off after the season, pass whatever happens, and consider retirement. Is it time for him to walk away from the game?”
Rapoport mentioned the possible reason Brady walked away from the game: not only to spend more time with his family, but also to focus on his non-football projects, including a clothing line, possible film deals, production companies and plus.
Brady, in a July interview with Jim Gray on SiriusXM Radio, said his goal was to play through at least the 45-year-old season, which would occur in 2022.
“For a long time I felt like I could play until I was 45 years old,” Brady said. “I think I made a commitment to say, ‘Hey, I’m going to play until I’m 45.’ And this year I will be 44 years old, which naturally brings me to next year. I have a two-year contract. We’ll see what happens beyond that.”
Brady had previously reiterated that stance in a June interview with USA Today, saying, “I’ve always said 45 was the age I wanted to be and that was my goal. This year I’m going to be 44, so next year I’m going to be 45. I’m a two-year contract.
“Obviously I’m going to be able to play this year and God forbid anything happens, but I’ll play next year and then see what happens after that. If I still want to continue playing, I might be able to. And if that’s enough, then that would be enough.”
Brady, however, also said he thought he could play until he was 50, according to a September episode of the “Tommy and Gronky” Show. When asked to clarify those statements, Brady returned them:
“Well, I think Gronk asked me if I thought couldBrady said. “Whether I think I can or I will is two different things. So I think from the standpoint of my body and how I’ve been able to take care of myself over the years it can put me in a position to do that, and you never know what might happen as I keep moving forward.
“I know I’m having a lot of fun playing. And again, at my age, I also agreed to play next year, but other than that, I’ll take it year after year.”