How much longer will seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, who is entering his second season with the Bucs, play? That’s the question on everyone’s mind these days.

The 43-year old QB is entering his 22nd season in the NFL, fresh off winning Super Bowl LV and being named MVP.

Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht said earlier this offseason that he believed Brady could play until he’s 50.

“I told him if he wants to play til he’s 50 and he’s still playing and he feels like he can still play, then he can play until he’s 50,” Licht said.

In a recent interview with USA Today’s Jori Epstein, Brady seemed to think two more years with the Bucs might be enough.

Bucs QB Tom Brady

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: USA Today

“50? That’s a long time. Even for me, that’s a long time,” Brady told USA TODAY Sports by phone last week. “I’ve always said 45 was the age that I wanted to reach and that was my goal. This year I’ll be 44, so next year I’ll be 45. I got a two-year contract.

“I’m going to be able to obviously play this year and God forbid anything happens but play next year and then see what happens after that. If I still want to keep playing, I might be able to do that. And if that’s enough, then that would be enough.”

Brady spent his first 20 seasons in New England, winning six Super Bowls with the Patriots before leaving in free agency last offseason. He chose Tampa Bay because of the Bucs weapons on offense and the chance to play in Bruce Arians’ system.

Brady helped the Bucs go 11-5 and win the Super Bowl in his first year in red and pewter.  Incredibly, the GOAT also broke the team’s single-season passing touchdown record with 40 TDs. Brady also rushed for three scores during the 2020 season.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 27th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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fredster
fredster
1 year ago

I would say he had 2 good years left but injuries at his age will determine if can go more. If he played past 45 wouldn’t be that shocking though.

drdneast
drdneast
1 year ago

In two years Trask will be able to usurp Brady as the starting QB and fans will forget he even played here. LMAO.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
1 year ago

I expect if Tom Brady is saying this publicly he’s also had this conversation with Licht and Arians too. His objective is to play til he’s 45, and we should take that as his true expectation. Injuries of course always affect things like this, as well as accomplishments. If TB-12 and the Bucs pulled off the “miracle” of an undefeated 20-0 record through a Super Bowl win, I would be shocked if Brady didn’t hang it up then and there. You can’t improve on perfection, and in order to build such a record TB-12 would almost certainly have to set… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Naplesfan
chefboho
chefboho
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 year ago

i agree but i also think if they pull off another super bowl that he would play one more year. No team has ever won three years in a row and you know Brady would love to do that and go down as the greatest football team ever assembled!! go bucs

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  chefboho
1 year ago

Three wins is less than perfection – Tom Brady stated himself, directly, that he would trade any two Super Bowl rings for a perfect season.
If TB-12 wins another Super Bowl this season, but falls short of a perfect season, yes, of course, body willing, he would come out again the following year. But if he achieves perfection this year or next, which cannot be improved upon, then he will retire immediately.

tpeluso
tpeluso
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 year ago

I have to agree with what boho said – if we can repeat this year, Brady will absolutely go for one more to try for the three-fer that no team’s been able to pull off in the championship game era. (The Packers pulled off a three-fer from 1929-1931, but that was during a time when champions were determined just by season records.)

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  tpeluso
1 year ago

Nah … TB-12 already stated he would immediately trade any two Super Bowl rings for a perfect season. His objective is to achieve perfection. Winning another Super Bowl is merely a step in achieving his objective. Since perfection could not be improved upon, that would be the ultimate time to retire, it could never be topped by anyone at any time.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 year ago

I highly doubt Brady would retire even if the team went undefeated. He has always maintained he keeps playing because he enjoys everything about football, the games, film study, physical preparation, etc… Completing a perfect season doesn’t really change anything. It seems fans and media get far more consumed with the idea of going out on top than players do.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
1 year ago

Nobody likes to go out a loser, players especially.
Peyton Manning led his team to another Super Bowl his final season of play, but few people remember his play except in a negative light, and he became a symbol of playing too long. His defense was credited with the win, not Manning.
That would kill TB-12 to go out like Manning did.
He stated clearly he would easily trade any two Super Bowl rings for a perfect season – his words, just a couple months ago.
People should listen to him and not their own personal biases.

lambeau
lambeau
1 year ago

Misleading clickbait headline, as usual.

Buc76
Buc76
1 year ago

50 wins in 3 years and a 3peat. Would be hard to keep going after that but a guy like Brady would probably take a shot a 4peat

Eddie
Eddie
1 year ago

I think his family’s opinion will dictate whether he play beyond two years.

seat26
seat26
1 year ago

If he can give us one more Superbowl, I will be immensely grateful. Father time catches up with all of us. He is already past the due date. I think all the old guys are inspired by him. I know I am.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
Reply to  seat26
1 year ago

I agree, I am shocked every year that he continues to play at a high level beyond when all other QB’s have fallen off the cliff. Keeping my fingers crossed for one more year, will worry about 2022 when we get there.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  seat26
1 year ago

People often ask me when I’m going to retire. My response is always, “When my head hits the desk and I start to stink.” Like Brady, I enjoy what I do, am pretty good at it, and have fun doing it. I take pride in my successes. Plus, I value my working relationships. Not trying to compare myself to Tom Brady, but I suspect we share how we perceive what some might consider “work”. I feel sorry for folks, including players, who hate their jobs and are counting the days until they can retire. We do a lot of work… Read more »