Tom Brady says he’ll take his time before retiring again

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Earlier this year, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady retired. Forty days later, he returned.

As the season approaches a conclusion, the Brady’s future once again becomes a topic of consideration and conversation.

Brady and Jim Gray commenced the conversation during the latest episode of the Let’s Go! podcast. Via JoeBucsFan.com, Gray asked Brady whether he’s thinking again about retiring.

“Well, I think next time I decide to retire, that’s it for me,” Brady said. “So whenever that day comes, we’ll figure it out.”

Brady also said he doesn’t really spend any time contemplating retirement.

“You know, I think what I really realized last year was you gotta be really sure to do that,” Brady said. “And for me, you know, a lot of people have kind of gone through this situation. I’m going to take my time whenever that time does come.”

Brady said after a loss to the Browns that he’d rather play and lose than not play at all. That comment seemed to mark a pivot away from his annual effort to find a place where the deck is stacked in his favor for another championship and just play the game. He now seems to be primarily interested in just playing the game, for as long as he can.

And he can keep going. While he may not be as good as he ever was, he’s still good enough to play for one or more NFL teams.

One or more NFL teams would surely want him. He’ll sell tickets, jerseys. Generate prime-time appearances. Bring a lot of relevance and credibility. Make ownership a lot of money.

Where he’d ultimately go is a subject for a different day. But, for now, it’s hard not to think about teams like the Raiders, Jets, 49ers, Lions, Saints, Falcons, Colts, Giants, Titans, Commanders, and maybe even the Patriots — if the goal at this point is to just play and enjoy playing.

77 responses to “Tom Brady says he’ll take his time before retiring again

  1. Not all of those teams are going to be interested, and of the ones that will be, Tom won’t be interested in all of them either. This might be tricky for Tom, unless he truly just wants to play at the cost of being on a lousy team.

  2. Any football fan can respect the extraordinary career this man has had. A legend.

    But, even as a football fan – I’m a little Brady’d out.

  3. I don’t think he steps away a year after his public divorce. He’s not gonna have the distraction anymore. He can play football and worry about his kids. I think we’ll see him at least another season. Does he look a bit washed this year? Yes. But the coaching has gotten worse and he doesn’t have Gronk. He’s too much of a competitor to go out on a low note. He still wants to be known as one of the best when he goes out.

  4. Brady landing spots ranked:

    SB contenders:
    Titans
    49ers
    Jets

    The Brady magic would make their programs works:
    Raiders
    Lions
    Colts

    Bad to dumpster fire tier that Brady wouldn’t consider:
    Saints
    Falcons
    Commanders

    Sticking with their guy:
    Giants
    Patriots

  5. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    December 26, 2022 at 9:56 pm
    Brady will be with the 49ers, Dolphins, or Raiders next year.

    35Rate This

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    LoL

    He can’t go to the Dolphins. Ross was caught cheating.

  6. Bucs are a playoff team only because it’s the very worst of the 8 (4) team divisions in the NFL. That said, Tamp Bay would have a fighting chance under their old head coach who was forced out by Brady. It’s a bad look. In all likelihood Tampa will be crushed by 30 points thru 3 quarters against their likely first round opponent Dallas. Once the Cowboys adjust to the prevent defense Brady will grab a couple of TD’s making the game look closer than it actually was.

  7. The most selfish dude I’ve ever seen. I mean this has an identity and that is FOOTBALL! And that’s it and it’s scary if you’re related to him.. I mean what the heck is he going to do when he retires? Tv ain’t the same as football. Hope he doesn’t lose his mind

  8. Lions don’t need him. Goff has been very good. Brady is something like 13-0 vs Atlanta. Going there would preserve his perfect record and be quite a bizarre twist of fate years after 28-3.

  9. Why retire? Keep playing till the wheels fall off. He still has some juicy in him. The Titans sound like a good landing spot.

  10. I really hope he doesn’t end up with the Raiders. That being said, he’ll end up with the Raiders. LOL.

  11. There’s a Seinfeld episode about going out on a high note. If he wins the next game, he should take the opportunity and do a “goodnight, folks!”, exit stage right and deliver us from his insufferable need for adoration to play until he’s in a wheelchair! It’s enough, for God’s sake!

  12. There’s a Seinfeld episode about going out on a high note. If he wins the next game, he should take the opportunity and do a “goodnight, folks!”, exit stage right and deliver us from his insufferable need for adoration to play until he’s in a wheelchair! It’s enough, for God’s sake!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Are you talking about Belichick?

  13. I want him to take as long as he wants to consider retirement, even years, if that’s what he needs. Just please do it from home.

  14. “and maybe even the Patriots — if the goal at this point is to just play and enjoy playing.”
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    If the goal is to enjoy playing theres NO chance he’d go back to new england

  15. Brady’s retirement is my gastroenterologists’s advice on difficult bowel movements: dont rush it, cant hurry mother nature.

  16. Image if he went BACK to NE? Bb and TB could kiss and makeup …the fans would love it, the owner would love it, and a chance to end his career where he started would be great.

  17. Raiders makes some sense. Three days after the Super Bowl there is somewhere around a 40 million guarantee for Derek Carr for 2023. My gut tells me they’ll release him. Then the Raiders could go in several directions, Josh McDaniels could reunite with a Jimmy G. They could trade for a QB (I wonder if the Raiders would call Bill and try and trade for Mac Jones) or could the Raiders sign Tom Brady for 1-2 years and draft a QB in the upcoming draft and they can groom and develop him behind Tom Brady as the future QB.

  18. lowlyfinfan88 says:
    I don’t think he steps away a year after his public divorce. He’s not gonna have the distraction anymore. He can play football and worry about his kids.
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    I’m sure his kids are a bit tired of having to wait in line for autographs after games just to see their dad.

  19. Age waits for no one but Tom Brady has cheated it for years. It does seem that it’s starting to catch him this year regardless of his coaching or lack of players. Never been a big fan of him but must admit that I’d like to see him give it up after this year while he’s healthy. Retire and spend time with your kids.

  20. Brady reunited with McDaniels makes sense, good 1-2 year transition from Carr. grea Davonte Adams plus Jacobs running the ball. it could be really good for one year

  21. He didn’t seem to enjoy home life. So why retire? He’s still better than 90%+ of the QB’s on the field.

  22. Never thought about him going to Lions. But if Ben Johnson leaves to be HC then they could trade Goff to his team. Very good OL and a good group of WR’s. 4 picks in first two rounds to sure up Defence. It’s not highly likely but possible. Would go out on high note if he gets Lions to SB.

  23. He’s still better than 90%+ of the QB’s on the field.
    ——
    The guy with the 22nd ranked passer rating in the league and a sub 50 QBR is “better than 90% of the QB’s on the field”? Ya sure about that? 🙂

  24. The greatest should keep playing. Put any talent at all around him and he finds a way like no one ever has or will.

  25. Brady is 45% likely to retire, 45% likely to play for another team (although not the 49ers if S.F. wins the Super Bowl … the ultimate tough act to follow) and 10% to return to the Buccaneers. His decision will dominate post-season speculation. As it should. He’s the greatest football player evere.

  26. Would love to have him on the panthers not sure how they didnt make the list or the texans. Lots of teams he would make better. This year has been mostly coaching he still makes rhe throws just no one is open line is swiss cheese and the running game is non existant.

  27. I would like to see Brady playing on a team with good coaching and a strong o-line. He could be a valuable 1- or 2-year bridge for a team developing a young QB. Too many teams throw a QB in the deep end too soon. It was good for Mahomes to sit and learn, and I bet there are several other young guys out there now and next year who would benefit.

    He announced his retirement too soon last year, but now that he will be a free agent, he can take more time to decide, maybe even months.

  28. The guy with the 22nd ranked passer rating in the league and a sub 50 QBR is “better than 90% of the QB’s on the field”? Ya sure about that? 🙂

    Again with the meaningless QB rating…
    I guess you think Geno Smith is better than Burrow or Allen he has a higher QB rating.

    Tua has a higher QB rating than Mahomes. He must be a better QB

  29. He’s still better than 90%+ of the QB’s on the field.
    ________

    No, he’s not. He can still compete but he’s not going to get better with still more age. Could you put him on a stacked team and win a Super Bowl like Peyton did in Denver? Sure. But the Bucs aren’t that team.

  30. grant35 says:
    December 27, 2022 at 11:27 am
    Please just go away. Has there ever been any QB more narcissistic than Brady?
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    Nope. Most arrogant and entitled too.

    You’re a Bills fan right? You’ll probably remember the quote from Tommy Boy where he trashed Buffalo hotels in the media. That’s who he is. Too bad the Bills couldn’t show him what Buffalo hospitals looked like instead.

  31. There’s a Seinfeld episode about going out on a high note. If he wins the next game, he should take the opportunity and do a “goodnight, folks!”, exit stage right and deliver us from his insufferable need for adoration to play until he’s in a wheelchair! It’s enough, for God’s sake!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Are you talking about Belichick?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    No

  32. The guy with the 22nd ranked passer rating in the league and a sub 50 QBR is “better than 90% of the QB’s on the field”? Ya sure about that?
    ———————

    You were saying he has awful last season when he had the #2 QBR, #7 Rating, most yards passing most TDs….

  33. dwqb11 says:
    December 27, 2022 at 2:00 pm
    The guy with the 22nd ranked passer rating in the league and a sub 50 QBR is “better than 90% of the QB’s on the field”? Ya sure about that?
    ———————

    You were saying he has awful last season when he had the #2 QBR, #7 Rating, most yards passing most TDs….
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    Do you think a guy with a sub 50 QBR and ranked 22 in the league in rating is “better than 90% of QBs out there?”. Can’t say I agree. 🙂

  34. The Bucs wouldn’t have won a SB with any other QB, they were good, but not that good. Now they’re terrible and Brady still has them in the post season which no other QB would have been able to do with the possible exception of PM. GOAT.

  35. Do you think a guy with a sub 50 QBR and ranked 22 in the league in rating is “better than 90% of QBs out there?”. Can’t say I agree.
    ——————

    You did not think he was better than 90% of the league last season. That is the whole point of my post.

  36. As a Long suffering Buc’s Fan Tampa and all of the NFL Fandom should give this Man the well earned respect as one of, if not the very best to ever play the Game. I would like to thank him Dearly for his instrumental Leadership in Bringing us another Trophy and making the Last 3 Years some of the best in Franchise History. Thank You Tommy 🙏 God Speed to what ever ur Future Holds !

  37. Chill_Mickelson says:
    December 27, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    The Bucs wouldn’t have won a SB with any other QB, they were good, but not that good. Now they’re terrible and Brady still has them in the post season which no other QB would have been able to do with the possible exception of PM. GOAT.

    —————-

    They wouldn’t have won it without Gronk. Same with the Patriots second dynasty. Once he retired both teams have struggled.

  38. As a Long suffering Buc’s Fan Tampa and all of the NFL Fandom should give this Man the well earned respect as one of, if not the very best to ever play the Game.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If majority of Pats fans had shown even 50% of the respect Bucs fans have given to Brady, Belichick wouldn’t have dared to push Brady out, and wouldn’t have been screwed now.

  39. TJV says:
    December 27, 2022 at 8:42 am
    How are the Bucs not even an option in your list??

    You only stay with the second wife while it’s fun! you bolt the first time it takes work!

  40. They wouldn’t have won it without Gronk. Same with the Patriots second dynasty. Once he retired both teams have struggled.
    —————

    So the Gronk angle is your new schtick. I do not remember Gronk on the field for the SB against nat the Falcons. The one constant is Brady.

  41. dwqb11 says:
    December 27, 2022 at 3:45 pm
    Do you think a guy with a sub 50 QBR and ranked 22 in the league in rating is “better than 90% of QBs out there?”. Can’t say I agree.
    ——————

    You did not think he was better than 90% of the league last season. That is the whole point of my post.
    ——
    I only pointed out that Brady was great when he had AB, Gronk, the best OL in the league and a great running game. Like any QB would be. When all of those things disappeared so did Tommy. He was also bad in that Rams playoff game and I pointed that out as well.

    Just like Alex Smith. Look what he did to Tommy’s Patriots – twice! – when he had weapons Kelce, Hill, Charles and Hunt…

  42. William Lee says:
    December 27, 2022 at 4:46 pm
    As a Long suffering Buc’s Fan Tampa and all of the NFL Fandom should give this Man the well earned respect as one of, if not the very best to ever play the Game.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If majority of Pats fans had shown even 50% of the respect Bucs fans have given to Brady, Belichick wouldn’t have dared to push Brady out, and wouldn’t have been screwed now.
    —-
    Why would Belichick or any Patriot fan respect a weak arm QB who cheated?

  43. Godwin, Evans, Fournette. A division with the Panthers, Falcons and Saints (6 games there). But him on any team and surround him with talent and he wins??? He’s 7-8. Probably needs to win the last two to win the division, THAT division. Gage isn’t a scrub either. Come on, this is not the season to say he can make any team a winner. We are watching that NOT happen live.

  44. Godwin, Evans, Fournette. A division with the Panthers, Falcons and Saints (6 games there). But him on any team and surround him with talent and he wins??? He’s 7-8. Probably needs to win the last two to win the division, THAT division. Gage isn’t a scrub either. Come on, this is not the season to say he can make any team a winner. We are watching that NOT happen live.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    Brady can’t run, there are only two ways that he can avoid pressure :

    #1, either his O-line holds half or one second longer
    #2, or he has receivers who can see what he sees so that he can get rid of balls quickly.

    He has neither, that is why he has been struggling.

  45. dejadoh says:
    He didn’t seem to enjoy home life. So why retire? He’s still better than 90%+ of the QB’s on the field.
    ———
    90% would be top three, he’s barely top ten now and that’s simply because of who he is. Realistically he is very bottom half of the league.

  46. Why would Belichick or any Patriot fan respect a weak arm QB who cheated?
    —————

    Or a coach who actually got caught and admitted cheating.

  47. dwqb11 says:
    December 28, 2022 at 10:59 am
    Why would Belichick or any Patriot fan respect a weak arm QB who cheated?
    —————

    Or a coach who actually got caught and admitted cheating.

    ================================================

    Exactly, or a coach who has a losing record as a head coach without Brady while Brady simply popped over to a new team/coach/system and plucked another Lombardi for his resume.

  48. and plucked another Lombardi for his resume
    ——-
    … that his superteam with elite coaching won for him. He was just along for the ride.

    Funny what happens when he had neither like he does now. 😉

    #LosingRecord

  49. The next time y’all want to hitch your wagon to a QB who you are calling the greatest of all time can you do the rest of us a favor and pick a QB who isn’t a little weakling who throws 3 yard passes, who doesn’t need to cheat to be good and who can elevate his team to championships instead of his team and coaching elevsting him?

    Thanks in advance we’d all appreciate it. 🙂

  50. I can see him going to the Titans with Vrabel, Raiders with McDaniels, the Saints with Payton, or……a long shot….the Lions, because it’s Michigan, and they could really use the boost. It’s a short term fix though for sure, and the results may not be as good as expected at this point.

  51. dwqb11 says:
    December 28, 2022 at 3:31 pm
    The Benny Hill show does not disappoint once again.
    —-
    Trying my response again.

    Tommy could have been a man like Bill was and admitted it. All he had to say was yes we checked and changed the air pressure in footballs to make sure they were at the lowest legal limit. We did that because the league hasn’t done a thing to make sure football preparation is consistent week to week and game to game. We were even forced by the league to play with overinflated footballs – and you want to talk about integrity? Gimme a break.

    Tommy’s peers would have applauded and fans would respect that. Instead…he smashed his cell phone. That’s a shame. Now he is not respected and all of his titles are in question. What was Tommy hiding?

  52. No dog in the battle over Brady’s legacy. What is sad at a human level is that Brady is risking becoming a caricature of his former self on the playing field. And his total lack of mobility means he is one good shot away from a concussion or worse. I get that it is tough to walk away for the rest of your life from doing what you were one of the two or three greatest ever to play the position. But when Father Time comes calling, he won’t be gentle…and he doesn’t take no for an answer….

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