Tom Brady might finally retire with Buccaneers uncertain about his future


This could, finally, be Tom Brady’s last hurrah.

Multiple reports Sunday morning said it’s possible Brady, 44, retires after the NFL playoffs. The seven-time Super Bowl winner is trying to win his second ring with the Buccaneers, who host the Rams Sunday in the divisional round.

Brady, who turns 45 in August — an age he has previously said he’d like to play until — has one year remaining on his contract.

According to ESPN, there’s “internal uncertainty” within the Buccaneers about what Brady will do. The team, which doesn’t have an alternative at quarterback, “would be willing to bend over backward” to convince Brady to play for them again for the 2022 season, the report said.

One of Tom Brady’s former teammates, ex-Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich, said Wednesday on ESPN’s “Get Up” that it “wouldn’t surprise” him if Brady retired.

Tom Brady might finally retire with Buccaneers uncertain about his future
Tom Brady hasn’t committed to playing beyond this season and retirement is a possibility.
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“Right now, Tom is in bonus time. How many 44-year-old quarterbacks have we seen throw for the amount of yards and touchdowns [he has]?” Ninkovich said. “He’ll be 45 in August. So, at this point right now, what else does he have to prove to anybody? What else does he have to check off the list?

“What is his legacy? The best quarterback to ever play, so it wouldn’t shock me [if he retired].”

Tom Brady might finally retire with Buccaneers uncertain about his future
Tom Brady during the Buccaneers’ wild-card win over the Eagles on Jan. 16, 2022.
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In his 22nd NFL season, Brady led the league with a career-high 5,316 yards passing and 43 touchdowns while completing 67.5 percent of his passes.

Brady and the Buccaneers earned the No. 2 seed in the NFC after going 13-4 in the first ever 17-game season, but they would host the NFC Championship game if they beat the No. 4 Rams after Aaron Rodgers and the top-seeded Packers were stunned by the 49ers Saturday night in Green Bay.