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.

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About the Author: J.C. Allen

J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
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BucRy
BucRy
5 months ago

In the words of Rob Schneider from the movie waterboy…
OH NO WE SUCK AGAIN!
Thank you Tom!!!

chefboho
chefboho
5 months ago

My heart is a bit heavy. This dude has given us 22 years of dominance and its really hard to think of the sport without him. I felt the same about Jordan when he retired. Now the current regime really has its work cut out for them. I don’t even know where to begin with options. Will Jensen and Suh retire as well? It’s gonna be very interesting and i hate to think of this team as the succaneers again.

BucRy
BucRy
Reply to  chefboho
5 months ago

It also makes me think that Godwin will now think of going to another team…

chefboho
chefboho
Reply to  BucRy
5 months ago

i know brother, the run it back crew is all making its way out the door. Maybe even a total rebuild. We know Gronk wont come back and maybe Lenny as well. ugh.

BucRy
BucRy
Reply to  chefboho
5 months ago

At least we got to experience these last 2 seasons, I’ve never felt more confident in this team than I have in the last few years..still, win or lose always root for this team.

Erik Jager
Erik Jager
5 months ago

Brady’s decision could be better seen by studying the Buccaneers’ cap situation. The Buccaneers were going to lose several top free agents to be replaced by far cheaper options. Even with Brady back, the Buccaneers were going to be a middle of the pack team.

Spitfire
Spitfire
5 months ago

I was hoping this wouldn’t happen but had a bad feeling when he eluded to not being sure. There’s a chance someone like Rodgers or Wilson want to try and come here do take over a team that should have been in the Super Bowl again, or maybe the answer is somewhere else. Who the hell knows what’s next. But that’s football, nothing ever last forever. I’m glad we got 2 years of solid competitiveness, but I would have loved 3.

flichter
flichter
Reply to  Spitfire
5 months ago

San Francisco seems dead set on moving onto the Trey Lance era, regardless of how well the 49ers have played to make it to the NFC Championship. Getting Jimmy G to take over if Brady really is retiring would be poetic. He’s the guy Bill Belichik originally drafted to take the reigns from Brady and (when healthy) his time in San Fran has shown why. Jimmy is the perfect QB to lead a team with a strong defense and capable run game, at times he’s looked downright great leading a 2 minute scoring drive when all of the pressure is… Read more »

PewterPose
PewterPose
5 months ago

Gronk could indeed retire. Jensen and Godwin and whomever else Jason wants to pay, will stay. Who will be the Bucs QB immediately becomes the most interesting and important question for this team and the NFC South.

Emilio
Emilio
5 months ago

We are lucky to have witnessed the GOAT in action. To quote GOT , “we shall never see his like again”. Speaking of again – OH NO, we suck again !

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
5 months ago

Although heartbreaking, I’m thankful we got 2 incredible years from the GOAT. Even got a super bowl so it was all more than worth it. He retired on top in every way. Now this team is in a very strange position. We have a lot of work to do and Qb is the hardest position to get right. Regardless of who we bring in, Trask should get a shot during the preaseason and offseason to see what he can do. Rogers and all of those guys will cost multiple picks and have huge contracts, so its hard to imagine getting… Read more »

bucballer
bucballer
5 months ago

Things will be greatly different now won’t they?! Now there’s no need to bring back the nearly retired vets. Suh, Brady, Gronk. Hell, why would BA comeback for a rebuild? At 70, and no Tom Brady, perfect time for BA to do some fishing. It was so very special while it lasted guys! Go Bucs!

bucballer
bucballer
5 months ago

This may very well open the floodgates to players retiring or just not resigning with the Bucs. Regardless, this team will now look drastically different! Thanks for the memories Tom Brady!

Emilio
Emilio
5 months ago

Ps it doesn’t matter if everyone is re-signed. The GOAT made this team a contender. Godwyn can’t stay on the field, Evans is way overrated, Brady made the line look way better than they actually are, and the D is average. Coaching below average to just plain bad. Get used to 5-8 wins and 3rd in the division.

chefboho
chefboho
Reply to  Emilio
5 months ago

Evans is overrated? You lost all credibility with a dumb statement like that. You must’ve come here when Brady was signed

SaskBucs
SaskBucs
Reply to  Emilio
5 months ago

I said Emiliiiioooo! And he tipped his hat like an asshole.

Spruce
Spruce
5 months ago

Anyone that knew anything about football knew when Brady signed with the Bucs there was a two year window at best. They had or got everything he needed to be competitive. Take for granted a Super Bowl win if you like but it was a tremendous achievement followed by a good year by any standard.
Now the Brady era appears to be over. The team destined to be good but expectations not as lofty. That’s fine the two year run was outstanding and successful.

Buc-Up
Buc-Up
5 months ago

Well he originally signed for two years. It looks like he only signed the contract extension inorder to help give the team cap space to help everyone come back for a run at repeat. I was hoping he’d keep playing, so he’d have all of the Bucs Career Passing Records.

MWD
MWD
5 months ago

A lot of doomed words in this forum today- how about let’s just take the standard the goat set and keep it there- bring in a proven vet QB (Rodgers or Wilson) make some roster adjustments that were going to be made regardless and let’s roll! Let’s keep this winning trend going.

GrayBalls
GrayBalls
Reply to  MWD
5 months ago

Bringing in Rodgers or Wilson sounds nice and all, but the Bucs will have to surrender MAJOR capitol to make it happen. It wouldn’t be as easy as Madden makes it seem.

Spruce
Spruce
5 months ago

You poor saps have been damaged by a history of failure. You still have a lot of good players on the team and every expectation of competing for the division title and playoff spots. It was the defense that got you past the Packer’s last year not Brady.
Good offensive line, good offensive weapons, Brady retiring frees up cap space to sign good players. A really good defensive line that needs help in the secondary but that can be fixed.
Suck it up and be a fan for Pete’s sake. They were never called the Tampa Bay Brady’s.

chefboho
chefboho
Reply to  Spruce
5 months ago

Yeah and they sure as hell weren’t called a playoff team without Brady either. Lucky our division is garbage but a QB makes or breaks a team in this league period with the exception being maybe the 49ers and titans

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  chefboho
5 months ago

False. Everyone knew we had a playoff team in Winston’s last year but obviously Winston doomed that effort.

Spruce
Spruce
Reply to  chefboho
5 months ago

You probably know more details on the quality players that came in with Brady but I know three Gronk, Fournette and Antonio Brown. Each playing a big part in the Super Bowl win. You might not be able to win the Super Bowl without a great QB but you can be competitive and make the playoffs. You mentioned a couple. I’d add Big Ben who was mediocre at the end of his career, Philly and Mac Jones a freakin rookie. It is true that the Bucs sold out for the Brady two year window and have no top quality option… Read more »

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  chefboho
5 months ago

Brady was, indeed, the magic ingredient! Don’t get it twisted bro!

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  Spruce
5 months ago

There shouldn’t be any room and gloom. Brady can never be replaced but we have a team of studs that just need a talented leader at QB. New Coach, Nee QB, the talent is still there and we aren’t dying Capwise, nothing but potential.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  Spruce
5 months ago

That defense from Green Bay NFC Championship game is long gone bro! Never to return! Now, we could rebuild a good defense again soon… but that SuperBowl defense has aged out my friend.

DD1406
DD1406
5 months ago

Thanks, TB12 for these last 2 seasons-was hoping you’d play another year but time with your family is more important-God Bless on your future endeavors- And BTW Bucs fans, don’t write the team off yet, its time for Mr. Licht to work a little magic!

michael
michael
5 months ago

With a heavy heart as a football fan, and as a Bucs fan, thank you TB12 for everything you’ve done for the league, the sport of football, for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but most importantly to all Good things you’ve done for The People. 💔❤️🏴‍☠️

fredster
fredster
5 months ago

Back to the Suckaneers. Was fun while it lasted. Thanks Tom! Wish he could done one more year. Oh well noting lasts forever. Damn injuries screwed us this year wasn’t meant to be.

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  fredster
5 months ago

Don’t be the garbage Bucs Fan example

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  fredster
5 months ago

Come on Fred! Don’t be like that! U r a real Buc fan. Keep hope alive. People r just so negative in all aspects of society now. Bucs will be just fine… I hope!

SaskBucs
SaskBucs
5 months ago

Damn. Tough week for the Bucs. We were spoiled for 2 years. That Rams loss still stings but wow… Tom Brady played for our team and we won a Super Bowl. What a reward for the Bucs faithful. I have always been a fan of the team, hopefully the NFL doesn’t ruin the game out there, and I always will be a fan. The NFC South is wide open and it’s just a different kind of exciting time. Go Bucs!

SenileSenior
SenileSenior
5 months ago

Thank you Tom Brady for everything you brought to this franchise including intangibles such as a winner’s attitude, grit, and heart. Thanks for giving your all every day while you were with us. Thank you for putting us over the top as a team with your special skills enabling our team to bring home the Lombardi Tropy to Tampa Bay last year. God bless you and your family!
________________________
Goh oh oh … Bucs!!!

SenileSenior
SenileSenior
5 months ago

No, I don’t think we will suck again! We have a core of winners now. We can rebuild and remain contenders for several more years. We can and even win another Lombardi much sooner than many fly-by-night fans will ever suspect.
________________
Go Bucs!!!

Dman
Dman
5 months ago

If true it’s shaping up to an overhaul in the next couple months.

kingtrojan
kingtrojan
5 months ago

Back to being the NFL laughing stock we go

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  kingtrojan
5 months ago

You obviously aren’t a Bucs Fan so you can go. Don’t let the door hit ya… Or do… Doesn’t matter

WeAretheChamps2002+2021
WeAretheChamps2002+2021
5 months ago

Mixed emotions. Great to see another SB, especially being the 1st to host and win in their own stadium (let’s hope LA doesn’t). But I question if this roster is really built to win with a rookie QB. The secondary remains a weakness, and the Bucs lack the ability to rush the passer with four. Fortunately, Licht didn’t mortgage the Bucs’ future to make this team a SB contender with Brady at the helm. We still have our draft picks and a decent amount of salary cap space. Tampa needs to strengthen the defense, ala Pittsburgh, New England, to protect… Read more »

surferdudes
surferdudes
5 months ago

I’ve called this the whole time, here’s what happens next. BA will step down, and Byron Leftwich becomes next HC for the Bucs. Tom made this annoucement so we wouldn’t lose BL to Jax. It’s imperitive we keep BL, and any offensive assts he might’ve taken with him to keep working with Trask. Guess it wasn’t a wasted pick taking Trask last year after all. He’s the only QB under contract right now, and would likely be the first QB off the board in this years draft.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  surferdudes
5 months ago

It doesn’t really matter surferdude, if it not this year, then next year and Lefty will be gone anyways. He may still yet get the Jacksonville job. We just have to wait and see. Now, Brady’s camp is saying don’t believe anything until u hear it from Brady himself. It’s a very fluid situation but I suspect we will know definitely if Brady retires sooner rather than later in respect to the Bucs. I just hope Brady plays one last year and ur scenario doesn’t happen. This fan just believes that Lefty is not ready to be a head coach…… Read more »

mark2001
mark2001
5 months ago

If we have to rebuild, having the older guys go now is just a year or two from what would happen anyway. And if we get comp. picks for some of the guys we lose, and draft well, it shouldn’t be long until we are in the playoffs again… considering our division. But we have to draft well, develop guys, and sign a few key FA’s.

surferdudes
surferdudes
5 months ago

Even without Brady don’t panic. We still might be the least sucky team in the division. We could win the NFC south next year with a losing record, and still host a home playoff game.

mark2001
mark2001
5 months ago

I wouldn’t mind us picking up some young QB guy with alot of potential, on a poor team, that is cut loose for the next Tom Brady, supposedly, near the top of the draft. And let that guy and Trask compete for the starting position. Rodgers? He always wants top dollar. Forget it. Wilson? OK. But rather reload/rebuild than face this same situation two years from now.

Last edited 5 months ago by mark2001
False Start
False Start
5 months ago

Hold on folks – more news breaking on this subject. .

chefboho
chefboho
5 months ago

Now there’s a report that Tom didn’t even make up his mind yet and that he called Jason Licth. This is crazy

Dude
Dude
5 months ago

FAKE NEWS!

I just saw on the news that these reports are not confirmed and that no one has talked to Brady yet. So we’ll see. But you know the moniker; “When there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

Dude
Dude
Reply to  Dude
5 months ago

I posted a link here that PR removed to a Twitter post from Mike Girardi, with him tweeting that he talked to Tom Brady Sr. and TB Sr. confirmed that Tom hasn’t made a decision on retirement, neither has he talked to anyone yet about retirement. So this appears to be fake news.

Eddie
Eddie
5 months ago

The question of whether it is Trask the noodle arm or Trask the strong arm will soon be revealed

Spitfire
Spitfire
5 months ago

Now there’s reports Brady called Licht to tel him he hasn’t made his decision yet and that Licht is respecting his time to make his decision.

twspin
twspin
5 months ago

I’m glad for Tom. Going out with his healthy relatively decent. Smart man. He gave us 2 great seasons and a superbowl. Now its time to..get to work Mr. Licht. Earn your money. BA will probably give us one more yr and hang it up. Gronk probably leaves I did not believe Brady was going to win us another superbowl. Hell, he probably knew that also. I say go after Wilson, Rodgers or Watson. Stick with Trask and Brady’s current backup? Buy a lotta Tums on Sunday.

Theydidwhat
Theydidwhat
5 months ago

He may have asked the family to play one more year after last season. His dad and agent say nothing is set in stone. But, maybe out of respect for him to say it first. Let’s give him his moment. Somber in Sarasota if it’s true.

Last edited 5 months ago by Theydidwhat
Dave
Dave
5 months ago

Brady knows this is a Super Bowl offense with him, but a mediocre, at best, defense. There was no way he was going to come back again and have to rely on a defense that got shredded by nearly every offense it faced. The guy is clearly a top QB in this league still, for him to retire shows you how little confidence he has in this defense. Blame Bowles, he consistently gets out coached and has a putrid scheme. I have no doubt Brady decided he was retiring when he was on the bench watching that final Rams drive.… Read more »

magoobee
magoobee
5 months ago

It was fun while it lasted. This now makes the NFC South the worse division in the NFL.

Knightrider79
Knightrider79
5 months ago

So apparently they jumped the gun and Brady hasn’t said anything. It’s not official yet Bucs fans

Eddie
Eddie
5 months ago

So the announcement, if there is any will come on Feb 5; after Feb 4. He has 15 million reasons to do so. According to Spotrac analysis of his contract