Questions about Tom Brady’s future intensify on Saturday after the report appeared that he was planning to retire after 22 seasons in the NFL. His agent declined to give a timetable for such an announcement, or confirm its authenticity.
Don Yee, Brady’s representative, said Saturday in a statement: “Without consideration of the accuracy or inaccuracy of what is reported, Tom will be the sole person to present his plans. with absolute precision”. “He knows the realities of the football business and the planning calendar as well as anyone, so it will happen soon.”
Brady, who once said he will only retire when his form starts to decline, this season leads the league in passes (5,316), completions (485) and touches. ball (43) for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady, 44 years old and Buccaneers lost last week in the divisional knockout round to the Los Angeles Ramsafter the midfielder almost led his team to another incredible comeback.
Brady has a contract with the Buccaneers until the end of the 2022 season, but will receive a $16 million signing bonus if he retires.
So many details about his career sound contrived. His seven championships are more than any championship has ever won. He will retire as the NFL’s career leader in touchdown passes, yardage, and victory. He has won the Super Bowl MVP Award 5 times. Only one other full-back, John Elway, has even started in five Super Bowl games.
Brady rose to stardom with the New England Patriots, advancing from the sixth round in 2000, placing 199th overall, becoming the most prominent on-field member of a long reign. But with the Patriots unwilling to sign him to a long-term contract, Brady in March 2020 begins for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaving the only team and head coach he ever played for, Bill Belichick, to one of the NFL’s least successful franchises.
With the Buccaneers, Brady mastered a new way of attacking, adapting to new teammates and coaches and dominating the league, all while the coronavirus pandemic limited face-to-face contact. He won his seventh titlethrough Kansas City, last February at the Buccaneers home stadium.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/29/sports/football/tom-brady-retirement.html Speculation about Tom Brady’s retirement growing