Football fans across the country are holding their breath to see whether or not the “GOAT” Tom Brady will continue to play with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or finally announce his retirement (for real this time) so that he can move into his guaranteed gig as an analyst for Fox Sports.
In the aftermath of a disappointing loss to the Dallas Cowboys, thus being eliminated from the NFL postseason, eyes are on Brady to see whether or not this is it as far as his time on the field goes.
“I’m just gonna go home and get a good night’s sleep as soon as I can tonight,” said a very disappointed Brady during the postgame press conference when asked whether he was contemplating what the future looked like. “There’s been a lot of focus on this game. Just one game at a time.”
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Veteran commentators Joe Buck and Troy Aikman during the ESPN broadcast remarked as to whether or not Brady had it in him to complete one more season.
“When I talk to people about it,” said Buck, “people inside the game believe he’s coming back for another year. Whether that’s here in Tampa Bay or that’s with some other organization, nobody knows. But I will go back to what we said in the game… unless he’s a great actor he had a real heart-t0-heart conversation with us about this. I think he’s been through a lot off the field and probably more than we give credit for.”
Buck continued, “When I talked to these players and people on this coaching staff tonight before the game, they said Brady’s kinda been back to himself over the last three weeks which tells me for a while he was really out of it dealing with whatever that was going on with the team and everything that was going on in his life. So I believe him that he doesn’t know if he’s coming back to play. And we’ll just have to all find out at the same time together.”
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Aikman brought up the fact that if Brady chooses to continue, he’s going to have to accept the difficulties that come with aging, especially since Brady would be playing at the age of 46.
“You don’t play until you’re 45 years old unless you just really love the game and he obviously does,” Aikman said. “He’s done it all. But tonight, let’s be honest, he looked like a 45-year-old quarterback,” Aikman asserted.
“And I think if he comes back, we do know that if he was available and teams out there that needed a quarterback, Tom Brady would be probably at the top of the list. He’s well-regarded. He can still play at a high level. But he’s got to have those pieces around him. Most of us needed that when we were in our early 30s.”
“So if that’s in Tampa, great. But you can’t throw the ball 66 times and expect to do anything. And he’s been doing that for the last couple years. He’s led the league in past attempts for the last two years at 44 and 45-years-old. Whatever the reasons are that has to change wherever he is,” he concluded.
Joe Buck and Troy Aikman — on SportsCenter with SVP — on the NFL future of Tom Brady. 🏈 pic.twitter.com/EhRgeDOhFn
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) January 17, 2023
Currently, reports and insiders are saying that several teams are actively looking to bring on Brady for the 2023 season regardless of his age and recent season performance.
Ian Rapport from the NFL Network reported that some of those teams potentially include the Tennessee Titans, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Las Vegas Raiders.
From @NFLGameDay: After it’s all over, the #49ers will have decisions to make on their QB(s) for 2023. Is it Brock Purdy, a free agent such as Tom Brady or something in between? pic.twitter.com/BQVwze4wMI
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 14, 2023
What do you think Tom Brady does after this playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys?
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