Jim Gray Isn’t Sure Tom Brady Will Stay Retired

February 21st, 2022

Tom Brady’s longtime friend and radio co-host isn’t sure The Goat will stay off the farm.

Joe’s referring to veteran broadcaster Jim Gray, who co-hosts Brady’s Let’s Go!  show on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio. Gray sucks up to Brady seemingly at every turn, worked with him on writing a book, and Joe would be surprised if Gray has ever said anything Brady doesn’t approve of him saying.

So it raised Joe’s antennae when Gray appeared on The Dan Patrick Show last week and said he isn’t sure Brady will stay retired.

Gray was asked if he believes Brady’s retirement is real.

“I do. I do. But I also believe that he doesn’t know if and when that urge will come back, Gray replied. “So I think he answered the question to the best of his ability and really honestly when he said, ‘Never say never.’

Gray went on speculate that Brady was retirement decision might have been more of a reaction to the moment and mostly about feelings. “… It’s more of an emotional thing, perhaps, that he’ll be 45 and doesn’t want to get pounced on by Von Miller and Aaron Donald and these guys.”

As Joe has written and said many times, nearly everything Brady says and does is calculated. And that includes refusing to slam the door on a potential return.

Hopefully the Bucs cling to his valuable rights and don’t cave just to make Tommy happy. Joe has faith that Team Glazer is sufficiently ruthless and will do everything possible to have Brady play in Tampa, if he is willing.

41 Responses to “Jim Gray Isn’t Sure Tom Brady Will Stay Retired”

  1. Robert Says:

    can he stay retired from playing and take over as head coach?

  2. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    Best for everyone Trade get Deshaun Watson, Trade Tom and his cap to whomever to offset 3-4 picks required to trade for Watson with Houston.

    Tom wants to move on and win elsewhere and Tampa got a SB and now a replacement QB on discount.

    They didn’t need to trade for Tom, and got him on the cheap for 2 seasons at 25m/y. So it a huge value play if they can trade Tom, and get Watson.

    Yes Watsons had major issues, but other than Cousins he’s the only really good QB Tampa get beyond the drafting early in 2023-24.

  3. tampabayallday Says:

    If anything is true it really seams as though the current situation has resulted in TB12 not feeling the urge to play. That blame goes on ownership, the FO, and coaching….

  4. Mike Johnson Says:

    Man..We have beat that old Brady retirement horse to death. Poor horse, set him free…Please

  5. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    TMZ paparazzi to AB this weekend

    “When asked if Tom Brady was going to stay retired, Brown responded, “Why would he do that?”

    That prompted a second question asking if he thinks Brady is going to make a comeback to the NFL. “I think so,” Brown said while signing autographs.

    The reporter asked a third question, wondering where Brady would go if he did come back Tampa or 49ers. “Whoever want to win,” Brown responded.”

    Followed by that AB smile.

    “Whoever want to win” interesting reply.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Falling into the trap…..

  7. William Walls Says:

    AB probably equates winning with throwing him the ball.

    And while I wouldn’t want to see him in Tampa Bay colors again, he’s not entirely wrong about that.

  8. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    If you want Tom in Tampa, I would trade for rights to Sean Peyton and pay him 20m/y to coach and have him run the offence. I would then offer Brady whatever weapons he wanted and mortgage the cap into 5 year out and get all the past weapons resign Chris Gronk Fournette, add a star true pass catching hybrid back too, and another pass catching TE. It would make the team cap offence heavy and would be like the Saints, but the team will win a SB by offence and keep Tom for two more years.

    I would require a 2 year commitment by Tom to play or one more SB.

    Sean is probably the best coach behind Shanahan, Mcvay, Bill and Reed. And Sean is available but Saints own rights so they will want a 1st.

    Or trade two first and a 2 seconds get Watson, and trade Tom to Colts/Tennesee/49ers etc for 1 first and run with Watson for 5 years, and manage the 5 game suspension with Trask.

  9. Niles Says:

    “Gray was asked if he believes Brady’s retirement is real. ‘I do. I do.'”

    Too bad Joe is still stuck in the first phase of grieving: DENIAL.

  10. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I really don’t want Brady back. It was a fun ride that never felt real to me, but thanks for the SB.
    Honestly, I wasn’t that impressed with his play in quite a few of his games last year.
    Statically yes, he was very good, but I saw a drop off in his accuracy and attitude.
    I’d rather reap the bounty that having his rights will bring to build a newer and younger team.

    Yeah, I know.

    Go Bucs!

  11. William Walls Says:

    NE Pats Fan: That second option is a pretty good idea, and I don’t think it would take all of two 1s and two 2s to get him. It might not even take more than maybe a 2 and “other consideration.”

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Rick Stroud
    Feb 20, 2022
    Replying to @NFLSTROUD
    The injuries sustained in 2021 was the biggest factor, especially at RT. The narrative that there was some rift between Brady and Arians isn’t buttressed by any players or assistants we’ve talked to for two seasons, including those closest to Brady.

  13. William Walls Says:

    And Doosh, I’m right there with ya.

  14. HC Grover Says:

    Brady himself does not seem sure of what Brady is going to do.

  15. Niles Says:


    “The Buccaneers will explore all avenues for Brady’s successor, including possibly rolling with first-year quarterback and former Florida Gators passer Kyle Trask. Palmer notes that at the moment, ‘nothing is in stone’ for the Buccaneers regarding this matter, but at the least, Trask is in ‘play’ to replace Brady next season.

    More so, Palmer adds that the Buccaneers have ‘really liked’ the development of Trask as of late, so much so that the team does not anticipate picking a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft.”

  16. Proud Bucs Fan Says:

    Tom Brady does not like bruce arrogance.

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Proud Bucs Fan Says:
    February 21st, 2022 at 12:03 pm
    Tom Brady does not like bruce arrogance

    Obviously, you don’t like him…..there is no….zero evidence that Tom Brady doesn’t. It’s certainly possible….but not proven in the least.

  18. allbuccedup Says:

    Niles hes got to be better than any QB in the 2022 draft. This his the worst crop of QBs in the draft that I have seen for years

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I know, I know….don’t feed the trolls……but it’s so much fun!!!

  20. allbuccedup Says:

    Bruce arrogance should have been suspended for hitting Andrew Adams in the head. That tells me hes to old to coach hes got the Woody Hayes syndrome. It will come to a head this fall when he hits the wrong person in the head.

  21. Swampbuc Says:

    As has been said – if any of the rumor crap has any substance, get some loot for Tom’e contract, rights, and drama. Big loot. You still have him under contract and own his rights. He leaves he becomes a competitor again.

    Licht will do everything he can to competitively advantage the Bucs in such a scenario. C’mon Tom unretire! Stay!

    But if you go, know it won’t be unless Bucs are getting a QB, another great player and a premium draft pick.

  22. Eric Says:

    Hard for me to believe that Brady looks at Evans and Godwin and Gronk and somehow concludes he would have a better chance at a super bowl elsewhere.

    Evans and Gronk are future Hall of Famers.

  23. Steven007 Says:

    I am both flummoxed and amused at Patriots fans who continue to post here. Particularly when Brady is supposedly gone. Thus removing their need to be fake fans of this team. And also supposed proud Bucs fans, at least in name, who continue to post the same baseless tripe every single day. I would say get a life, but you obviously have one.


  24. LakelandSteve Says:

    Be careful what you ask for. Everyone wants The serial molester Deshaun Watson. We don’t even know how long he will be suspended. If could be an entire season. Then you get all of his baggage. Not to mention we would have to mortgage the future for probably at least three years out. I don’t think the Glazers are that stupid, but you never know.

  25. Killian Says:

    Personally, I’d rather have 1-2 more seasons with Brady than with Arians. Let the old man retire gracefully, install Leftwich as HC, let Brady run the offense, win Super Bowl.

  26. Anonymous Says:

    If he doesn’t wanna get pounced on by Von Miller and Darnold as the two names then he’s not gonna go to the team that faces them every year twice.

  27. Eric Says:

    Winston had 14tds and only 3 ints last year.

    just saying.

  28. Steven007 Says:

    And Winston was so promising that his head coach decided to abandon ship.

    Just saying.

  29. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Why do we keep reading the same crap EVERY day? How about we wait until something real happens and we hear it from Brady or his agent Don Yee?

  30. Bqen green Says:

    First off, Jim Gray is a giant toolbox. Here’s how that farce of an interview works. Brady submits the questions. It’s what he wants asked. Gray has about as much insight into Brady mind as Bruce arians. He retired from the bucs, not pro football. Bucs management must understand by now what’s going on here. Everyone but Arians that is. What’d he say, first he’d be shocked if he retired, now he’ll be shocked if he comes back. If Brady wants to play, he’ll get to pick his team. Compensation from a team he won’t play for is fantasy. Make the deal with SF, and move on. Ben can’t imagine Brady would play for any team not poised to win. The dolphins thing is nonsense, they are alot more than a QB away.

  31. Oleskoo Says:

    Joe, I’m not looking to start a riot or become the next social piriah, but as a possible quality return/cost effective move at QB (with the wishful thinking of a Tom return) why is no one suggesting picking up the phone and calling Kapernik? If he can still play he would be a tremendous upgrade from Gabbert, could be had on the cheap, and could be effective in a BA offense. Kaepernick hasn’t played in 5 years and turns 35 soon. There’s also no indication he wants to play (he could generate that buzz in a matter of minutes). Arians has said previously that he doesn’t like or want a quarterback competition on any of his teams. Keep that in mind. –Joe

  32. Bqen green Says:

    Kappernick has had many opportunities to join an NFL roster. He didn’t want to be a backup, or compete for a job. He effectively torpedoed his own career. Besides, he was terrible the last time he played, and obviously isn’t as explosive anymore. That was half his game.

  33. Oleskoo Says:

    I agree with all points made, but in this day and age phone calls are free so the only cost to explore would be a room for a night or two and the time to watch. Playing devil’s advocate, I don’t love any of the other options. Plus it might make salary cap issues easier to deal with.

  34. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Doosh, what planet do you come from? If Brady’s play dropped off it’s probably due to the stiffs he was left to throw to and what are your thoughts of the other QB’s around the league that were ALL below his stats? Go back to reffing the coed middle school flag football team. Dooshbg

  35. unbelievable Says:

    You really have faith in them being ruthless about his rights?

    I don’t. In fact I see the complete opposite happening: they simply release him and let him go wherever and get nothing in a trade.

  36. DoooshLaRue Says:


    I watch the games, not the highlight reel.
    I like TB, he was great, but I think the eventual slide has started.
    Go spank it to your Tommy poster while eating a Subway sub….. with no bread.

  37. Bqen green Says:

    They recievers played like Alpo those last few games. If you don’t have guys that can separate early, Brady always struggles. Godwin and Brown made things easy for him, hence the numbers. Brown’s tantrum, and Godwin’s injury sealed it.

  38. steele Says:

    Jim Gray is a little fan boy, groveling and hyperventilating over the idea that Tom Brady will live and play forever.

  39. steele Says:

    -Hello, Tom? It’s Jason.
    -Hey, Jason. I’m retired.
    -Heya, is there anything I can do to change your mind?
    -That you can do realistically? No. Miss the guys, but not the rest. Ain’t fixable.
    And I’ve made my decision. Done.
    -Well then. Do you… want to play for the 49ers?
    -Do you hear me? I’m retired. Done.
    -C’mon. Straight up. You for Jimmy.
    -I engineered a vintage comeback, that Todd wasted. Everyone knows we could have won another SB. But it was a helluva comeback, I did my job, and that was fine way to script the end of my story. I can’t think of any other feasible way for me to end the story out there. Tampa and this season was it. As for Jimmy. That MF. Never mind.
    -But Tommy. SF! Your dreeeem. SF! Bay Area to close your career…
    -I’m retired. How many times do I need to repeat it. Besides, I won’t play for insecure little Kyle. Nope. If that’s all, I’ve still got some vacuuming to do.

  40. Please Says:

    He did not engineer that Rams comeback. If anything the Rams gave away the game to the tune that the Bucs should have won by 10 but the offense squandered a few chances away.

  41. Rod Munch Says:

    Brady didn’t want to retire, but his wife made him quit.

    That’s why you hear Tom saying he doesn’t know how he’s going to feel, because he knows he wants to keep playing. But short of a divorce, he’s done. If the Glazers are truly ruthless, they’ll send down to Miami a 22-year supermodel homewrecker and Brady will need the Bucs salary to pay his alimony.