Tom Brady’s Camp Pushes Back Against Retirement Reports originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
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After all, Tom Brady didn’t call it a career. At least not yet.
ESPN reported Saturday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is retiring after 22 NFL seasons. But according to sources close to Brady, including his agent Don Yee, the 44-year-old remains undecided about his future.
“I understand the upfront speculation about Tom’s future,” Yee wrote in a statement. “Without addressing the accuracy or inaccuracy of the reports, Tom will be the only one expressing his plans with absolute accuracy. He knows the realities of the football business and the planning calendar as well as anyone so that should be the case soon.”
Brady also reached out to Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht and told him he hadn’t made a decision about stepping down, according to Bally Sports’ Mike Silver and Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. The Athletic’s Jeff Howe adds that Brady told the Bucs he’s “not even close” to a decision.
Confirming that Tom Brady #Bucs GM Jason Licht called to let him know he has NOT made a decision to retire or play in 2022. @MikeSilver reported it first.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) January 29, 2022
Tom Brady called the Bucs late this afternoon to let them know he’s not even close to making a decision about retirement, according to a source.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) January 29, 2022
Additionally, Brady’s TB12 brand deleted her tweet confirming the retirement news.
His mother also told NBC Bay Area that news of the retirement was premature.
#BreakingNews Tom Brady’s Mom: Reports of Tom Brady announcing his retirement are NOT true, says Galynn Brady, his mom. “I think his family would know first. Not sure where it all started (retirement story). @nbcbayarea
— TerryMcSweeney (@TerryMcSweeney) January 29, 2022
A chaotic situation all around.
Perhaps Brady wanted to break the news his own way, rather than letting it get through the media. Or maybe there’s still a legitimate chance he’ll return for another season. Anyhow, it’s clear we won’t know the truth until we learn it from Brady himself.