Buccaneers Players Open Up on Tom Brady’s Future Plans

Tyler Maher
Tom Brady's teammates opened up on his potential future with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tom Brady's teammates opened up on his potential future with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

For the second year in a row, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were eliminated from NFL Playoffs. And so for the second year in a row, the NFL offseason will again be dominated by Tom Brady rumors.

Will he switch teams? Return to Tampa Bay? Retire? Nobody knows right now, not even Brady.

His teammates, however, have an idea of which way he's leaning.

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According to several Buccaneers players, they do not expect Brady to be back with Tampa Bay for the 2023 season. Based on Brady's post-game interactions with them after their 31-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card Round, he seemed to be saying "goodbye" rather than "see you later."

This is not surprising, as many expect the 45-year-old to move on this offseason. That's especially true after the Bucs fired most of their coaching staff, creating even more uncertainty around the organization heading into 2023.

Brady was often visibly frustrated last season by his teammates, coaching staff, and himself. Tampa Bay finished 8-9 despite his best efforts, including multiple late-game heroics. The Buccaneers only made the playoffs because they were fortunate to play in a division where no team had a winning record this year.

After winning seven Super Bowls, Brady presumably wants to end his career on a high note and would want to play for a team that's ready to win now. On the flip side, he might finally be ready to call it quits after 23 seasons.

Either way, going back to Tampa Bay does not seem to be a likely option for Brady. If this truly is the end of his time there, at least he gave the city a championship it will never forget.

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