It’s been a busy offseason for Bucs quarterback Tom Brady. Between a 40-day retirement, unsubstantiated reports about his relationship with former head coach Bruce Arians and more reports about a potential relationship with the Miami Dolphins, there hasn’t been a shortage of headlines surrounding the seven-time Super Bowl champion.

Speaking with the media after Thursday’s mini-camp practice, Brady didn’t exactly deny talking with the Dolphins about future possibilities beyond his time with the Bucs. He remained vague about those discussions before hinting at his post-retirement plans. With the announcement of his broadcasting deal with Fox Sports, the 44-year-old quarterback knows what the future holds for him.

“I had a lot of conversations with a lot of people, as I’ve had for the last three or four years in my career about different opportunities when I’m done playing football,” Brady said. “So, I kind of made a decision of what I’d like to do. I’ll get to be in the game of football.”

Brady then circled back to the present, telling the media he’s focused on where he is right now as he enters his 23rd NFL season.

“I think for me, the most important thing is where I’m at now and what I hope to do for this team. That’s been my commitment to this team and organization,” Brady said. “It’s been so much fun for me to come here two years ago. It’s been almost two and a half years now, and it’s been an incredible part of my football journey. And it’s not over. We’ve still got a lot to accomplish.

“I’ve got a long life ahead. There’s a lot of fun things to do ahead. I’m looking forward to what’s ahead in football, but at the same time, none of us are promised much beyond what we have now. This is the current moment, and I’m really excited about going out there to try to compete and win a championship.”

Brady Shoots Down Reports About Souring Relationship With Arians

Bucs QB Tom Brady and head coach Bruce Arians

Bucs QB Tom Brady and head coach Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

One offseason report that Brady did debunk on Thursday was the one from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, who reported multiple times that the quarterback’s relationship with former head coach Bruce Arians had gone south. He said there is no truth to those reports.

“Zero whatsoever. He and I have a great relationship. Part of why I chose here was because of Bruce,” Brady said. “He and I have incredible communication. I have great respect for him. He knows how I feel about him. That’s the most important thing. And I know he feels about me.”

Brady said those reports didn’t bother him, noting that he doesn’t pay them much attention.

“I don’t read a lot of them. There’s a lot of things that aren’t right that are said. And I think the thing is, [if] you come out and try to respond to everything that’s not right, you know… You don’t have to be right very often,” Brady said. “You just have to be right every so often these days and I think if people click on it, then you read more of it. And obviously they’re clicking on it, so it’s what people want and what’s talked about. It may not be accurate, but that’s okay. I don’t complete every pass, so I understand not everyone can get it right all the time.”

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surferdudes
surferdudes
26 days ago

Whatever opportunities Tom has had what really counts is he’s back with us. He’s honoring his contract with us, which has been a bargin, and has earned the right to do what he pleases after this season. Apparantly that’s collecting some fat FOX checks calling games next year.

Spitfire
Spitfire
26 days ago

He’s setting up his next steps, I wouldn’t expect anything less, but I guarantee he wants to go out on top and this year is gonna be the best yet.

Spitfire
Spitfire
26 days ago

He’s setting up his next steps, I wouldn’t expect anything less, but I guarantee he wants to go out on top and this year is gonna be the best yet. The thing about Arians, he never responds to every little comment about him, if he did he that’s all he would be doing. I think he did it right, wait it out and then make the idiots sound silly.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
26 days ago

Why believe any outside reports when as one PR article stated “the Bucs literally told us what they were doing”. I mean what were you reporter’s expecting Tom Brady to say “yeah I forced the old man into retirement”. Of course TB will always say the right things but it doesn’t take much insider information to read between the lines about what happened. BA abruptly steps down and takes an unknown role inside the front office. Hum I’m sure BA has told us about wanting his career ending this way somewhere right?

scubog
scubog
25 days ago

Why is this topic even relevant? Both men directly involved tell us Florio’s rumor is BS yet, some here just can’t accept the facts because the true facts don’t fit “their truth” and narrative. Bruce stepping down was only “abrupt” to the people who didn’t have a need to know the succession plan…..even though, if we had listened, we were told. Time to move on Captain.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
Reply to  scubog
25 days ago

I won’t call you dense, I’ll just simply say you have a narrow view when it comes to sorting through these matters. Your “succession plan” comment obviously involves Todd Bowles & assumes Byron Leftwich who both were actively seeking and nearly took HC jobs this offseason. So at the very least they either A) didn’t sign off on the plan, B) didn’t care for the plan, or C) didn’t know about the plan… And as far as me moving on, to me this topic is far interesting than some “Grinding the Tape” series breaking down the route tree.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  Captain Sly
25 days ago

The topic is meaningless except to those wanting to make it a soap opera story line. But hey, if it’s “your truth”, wait for the next episode.