Tom Brady adds fuel to his football future mystery

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Tom Brady is retired. Unless he isn’t.

The best way to describe his status could be to say he is retired from the Buccaneers, and that the door is open on playing again. Brady, who said “never say never” about the prospect of a return only six days after calling it quits, continues to add to the mystery regarding his football future.

Via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Brady appeared with Fred Couples on SiriusXM radio. Couples asked a simple question: “Maybe you can tell us where you’re going?”

Brady provided a not-so-simple answer.

I wish I had a clear vision of what the future holds,” Brady said. “I think for me, there’s a lot of great things and a lot of great opportunities that I know I said right after football season I was looking forward to spending more time with my family. And I’ve done that the last five weeks. And I know there’ll be a lot more of that, too.

“So, you know, I like staying busy, that’s for sure. I played a little bit of golf and I’m actually gonna see my parents tonight, which will be a real highlight for me on their turf. I’ll be sleeping in the same bed I sleep at when I was a kid. . . . So looking forward to that, looking forward to some golf in the next few days and some more family time, and then we’ll figure out where we go from there.”

Earlier this week, we reported that the Dolphins had planned to make a run at Brady. I’ve believed for several weeks that he’ll be joining the 49ers, eventually.

Two years ago, San Francisco was his first choice. The 49ers foolishly said no thanks. This time around, they’d surely welcome the chance to bring Brady home, to play for his boyhood favorite team.

What else does he have to prove? He hasn’t won a Super Bowl with his 49ers. That would be a great reason to keep playing.

And a great reason to bid farewell to the Buccaneers. Which some (including me) specifically believe was the point of his retirement.

45 responses to “Tom Brady adds fuel to his football future mystery

  1. You must love it that you can take what he said and run a story like this. It probably means that he is looking at other opportunities outside of playing.

  2. I like Tom but man, he does talk a lot without saying anything of substance…

  3. Arians said he won’t release Tom from the last year of his contract. It’s TB or nowhere.

  4. substanceoverceremony says:
    March 2, 2022 at 6:24 pm
    Arians said he won’t release Tom from the last year of his contract. It’s TB or nowhere.


    Too bad blowhard Arians doesn’t have the final say.

  5. He’s a 49er. Sorry Bucs fans, here’s a 2024 fourth round pick, enjoy the games.

  6. Brady has surpassed lebron James as the biggest egomaniac narcissist in sports history. He can add that to his title too. How nauseating and annoying is this guy.

  7. I like how Tom chose the Buccaneers, against all odds and logic, over retirement and delivered them a championship and two amazing seasons. And in return the Bucs are going to hold onto Tom’s rights out of spite.

  8. He knows he’s not coming back, he doesn’t want to flame out on the field like Peyton did.

  9. substanceoverceremony says:
    March 2, 2022 at 6:24 pm
    Arians said he won’t release Tom from the last year of his contract. It’s TB or nowhere


    No release perhaps, but I’m sure a trade wouldn’t be out of the question.

  10. @minime
    With 9 super bowl appearances and 7 super bowl rings, Tom has earned the right to call his shots. He’s always walked the walk and talked the talk, which is the opposite of a diva. I’m not even a Pats or Bucs fan but he’s proven his mettle in the NFL.

  11. Nothing will ever diminish his achievements on the field, but as I person I lose more and more respect for him every time he opens his mouth.

  12. If the Bucs do not get some picks for releasing him or trading him they are behind stupid. For people to say that they “owe it to Brady” to let him go is ridiculous.
    He signed a contract and they paid him for that contract. If this was a number 1 or 2 WR everyone would be saying they should get some picks out of it but for Brady they shouldn’t?? They do not owe Brady anything but what his contract states. The problem here is Brady and many others think he is bigger than the game itself. He is one of the players on the roster and under contract and should be treated as such!!

  13. Can TB and Rodgers just go away already? They are great old QB’s and they were great to watch all these years. However, they think way too much of themselves and soon they will begin to decline. Mother Nature never loses. The Packers and Bucs will be around and strong when they are long gone. So will the game of football.

  14. If Lynch wanted to pony up three first rounders for Brady I’d give it serious thought if I was Licht. Free up some salary and get another QB with the loot and cut some of the aging FAs while clearing more cap to stock up.

  15. For all he has given to the NFL (and been subjected to by the League Offices), if he wants to work out a deal with the 49ers or some other team I think the focus should be on making it happen. Step aside Ariens – sticking your nose into the middle of it is bad business for TB – let the guy play elsewhere if he wants to and what better place to end an incredible career thanh SF? And I say that as a lifelong Pats fan

  16. You would think retiring meant not doing interviews. What an amazing tool.

    I did not know when someone retires they cannot do interviews. Thank you for letting us all know.

  17. I was a Never-Brady guy forever. After seeing him “cut it loose” in Tampa, I enjoy TB12. He has a great personality that didn’t shine through in NE. I hope he gets a chance in SF. If Tampa wants to posture like this by keeping his rights, it shows their pettiness and alerts future Free Agents.

  18. I was happy for Bucs fans, that the GOAT brought them a ring. But now that I see them being ingrates, demanding he play for them or nobody, based on a fake contract year he did to to help them out, I relegate them to the same loathsome status I place Pats fan ingrates. Put the blame where it belongs; Arians/Licht/Belichick. Brady is not going to squander his last playing years on selfish nitwits.

  19. Yeah, Brady can go to San Francisco for Lance and a 1st, sure.

    Make up for dealing Steve Young for a 2nd and 4th.. 🙄

  20. Just my thought on this, but given all the egos involved here, I would be willing to wager ( a very small amount ) that if Rodgers gets $50 million from the Packers it will cause Brady to return and win another Super Bowl.

  21. “Why shouldn’t the Bucs stand in his way? If this was someone else and not Brady would that someone else get a free pass to go wherever he wants without some type of compensation? Of course not. Why should Brady be able to get a free pass to leave and go elsewhere??
    Bruce is a clown but he is right on this issue.”

    Because Brady added a fake year on his contract to help the Bucs with their cap. That is why the Bucs should not stand in the way of his future.

  22. minime says:
    March 2, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Once again.
    Biggest diva in the NFL.


    Neck and neck with 12 in GB.

  23. It would be great to see Brady go to San Francisco and automatically become the greatest quarterback in that franchise’s history.

  24. Obviously he wants to play – just not for the Bucs. If Tampa gets their price they will let him go. No brainer. He doesn’t do any good for them retired but could bring them picks that they will be needing in order to re-stock that organization.

  25. He’s becoming almost as annoying and insufferable as Arod. Please go away. See you in five years at the HOF ceremony

  26. Playing QB in a 49ers uniform is the storybook ending Tom Brady deserves, regardless of whether they win a Super Bowl or not. The career of the greatest QB in NFL history cannot go out with a whimper like it did in Tampa Bay. Bruce Arians isn’t the GM or owner of the Bucs; if Tom wants to be free of his contract, which he extended to give them cap room last year to make another run after winning them a Super Bowl, then they should be happy to release him or trade his rights for a nominal pick or player, since he’ll only give the 49ers 1 season at best.

  27. Are you tired of hearing about Tom Brady and all of his melodrama yet???? Honk if you do.

  28. inozwetrust says:
    March 3, 2022 at 9:54 am
    He’s becoming almost as annoying and insufferable as Arod. Please go away. See you in five years at the HOF ceremony

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    I’m a Pats fan and it’s insufferable. He literally does daily interviews. Who retires and the doesn’t retire right after just to
    drive attention?

    He’ll end up like Elvis with a weird face and skin buying out the top of a Vegas hotel in 10 years.

    What a strange, creepy person he turned into.

  29. Not to be too much of a 49er apologist, but many if not most though Brady was on the decline after the 2019 season. And given Garoppolo’s popular standing in the locker room and with the fan base then coming off a close Super Bowl loss, it would’ve been unfeasible to ditch Jim for a 42-year-old Brady coming off a down year. Only in hindsight do the 49ers look “foolish.”

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