Tom Brady is on the clock.
After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had been eradicated from the NFL postseason following a 31-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL world waits for what Brady goes to do subsequent.
The 45-year-old quarterback has a couple of choices on the desk. He might play one other season for both the Buccaneers, he might stroll away from the sport utterly and journey into the sundown or he might be part of the FOX broadcast sales space which he intends to do as soon as he’s completed with soccer utterly.
Brady stated within the postgame press convention he would take a while to resolve on his future.
“I’m gonna go residence and get night time’s sleep as quickly as I can tonight,” Brady stated. “There’s been numerous concentrate on this recreation. Just sooner or later at a time.”
On the ESPN broadcast, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman talked about the potential for Brady taking part in yet one more season. Buck expanded on that notion in his postgame interview with Scott Van Pelt.
“When I speak to folks about it, folks inside the sport consider he’s coming again for an additional yr. Whether that’s right here in Tampa Bay or that’s with another group, no one is aware of,” Buck stated. “But I’ll return to what we stated within the recreation … except he’s an incredible actor he had an actual heart-to-heart dialog with us about this. I believe he’s been by way of quite a bit off the sphere and possibly greater than we give credit score for.
“When I talked to those gamers and other people on this teaching employees tonight earlier than the sport, they stated Brady’s kinda been again to himself over the past three weeks which tells me for some time he was actually out of it coping with no matter that was happening with the staff and all the things that was happening in his life. I consider him that he doesn’t know if he’s coming again to play. And we’ll simply must all discover out on the similar time collectively.”
Aikman, the Hall of Fame Cowboys quarterback, added that if he does play at 46 he’s going to must make some modifications to his recreation that look like unsustainable.
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“You don’t play till your 45 years outdated except you’re keen on the sport and he clearly does. He’s completed all of it. And tonight, let’s be trustworthy, he seemed like a 45-year-old quarterback,” Aikman stated. “And I believe if he comes again, we do know that if he was accessible and groups on the market that wanted a quarterback, Tom Brady would in all probability be on the prime of the record. He’s well-regarded. He can nonetheless play at a excessive degree. But he’s acquired to have these items round him. Most of us wanted that once we had been in our early 30s.
“If that’s in Tampa, nice. But you may’t throw the ball 66 instances and anticipate to do something. He’s been doing that for the final couple years. He’s led the league in cross makes an attempt for the final two years at 44 and 45 years outdated. Whatever the explanations are, that has to vary wherever he’s.”
Brady completed 35-of-66 with 351 passing yards and two landing passes and a uncommon red-zone interception. Chris Godwin led the Buccaneers with 10 catches for 85 yards. Jones had seven catches for 74 yards.
There are reportedly a number of groups keen on Brady’s providers for the 2023 season regardless of him turning 46 years outdated. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport defined the potential choices Brady has earlier than him on Sunday.
“Tom Brady is a free agent after this season. He shall be 46 years outdated and I’d say there’s an opportunity he doesn’t return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers even supposing they very a lot need him again and plant to make efforts towards that,” Rapoport defined.
The NFL insider added that Brady might very effectively discover a new touchdown spot if Tampa Bay isn’t in his future.
“Among the groups that will contemplate Brady, a few them who thought of Brady the final time,” he stated. “The Tennessee Titans nonetheless have some quarterback questions there. The 49ers if they don’t resolve to rock with Brock Purdy – he’s actually stating his case. And the Las Vegas Raiders, who’ve a number of of his outdated associates, together with Josh McDaniels.”
There’s nonetheless quite a bit to be determined for Tampa Bay.