After a stellar 22-year career, it appears that Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is finally retiring. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington, the Bucs star quarterback is walking away this offseason.
An official word from Brady has not yet been released, speculation has been rampant since the Bucs crushing 30-27 defeat in the divisional round against the Rams. Brady said he would take some time away from the game and make a decision in the coming weeks. Apparently, the All-Pro needed less than a week to make his decision.
Brady leaves the game as the most decorated quarterback of all-time. His seven Super Bowl championships are the most of any player. The 44-year old quarterback holds nearly every record including the most yards, touchdowns and completions of all-time. After 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, Brady joined the Bucs in free agency and led them to a historic Super Bowl victory in his first season with the team.
Considered the greatest of all time in the NFL, Brady recently spoke about making more time for his family on his “Let’s Go!” podcast. In the past, Brady said he’d play until age 45. But his sudden retirement puts him one year short of that mark. As for the Bucs, it leaves them in a precarious position. The only quarterback under contract for next season is 2021 second round draft pick Kyle Trask. In a window where this team is built to compete, it will be intriguing to see what route the franchise takes. It may also mean that tight end Rob Gronkowski will follow suit and retire as well.