Tom Brady Says He Doesn’t Contemplate Retirement

December 26th, 2022

So will Tom Brady play for the Bucs next season?

Perhaps a better question is whether he’ll play at all.

That was a topic tonight for Brady himself on the Let’s Go! show on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio.

Co-host Jim Gray playfully asked Brady if Gronk unretires next season whether that would set the stage for Brady to unretire again.

Brady laughed and said, “Well, I think next time I decide to retire, that’s it for me. So whenever that day comes, we’ll figure it out.”

Then things got more serious. Do you even contemplate [retirement] at this point? Jim Gray asked as a follow up.

“I really don’t,” Brady replied.

“You know, I think what I really realized last year was you gotta be really sure to do that. And for me, you know, a lot of people have kind of gone through this situation. I’m going to take my time whenever that time does come.”

It sure smells today like Brady wants to play next season. Nothing really feels like he’s quitting now that he’s divorced and his camp seems to be spreading the word that Brady plans to keep being a quarterback.

Will Brady return to Tampa Bay? Joe thinks a lot of that comes down to how this season finishes, factoring in that Team Glazer surely would pay Brady whatever he wants and would accommodate most if not all of his coaching demands.

55 Responses to “Tom Brady Says He Doesn’t Contemplate Retirement”

  1. SB~LV Says:

    He is not playing for Tampa again in 2023.
    He go for another Ring with a 3rd different team.

  2. Deeez NATZ Says:

    Dudes a wash.

  3. Redeemer Says:

    Brady is one of these guys that lives in the moment, and the task at hand. I really don’t think he dwells on it much. Worrying about tomorrow doesn’t do you any good today. We all know he was basically forced into retirement last year by his X. SB is right though, I seriously doubt he plays here next year. Something more attractive will probably present itself. I doubt he’ll have a bunch of suitors, but it only takes one.

  4. Erick Says:

    He’s gone after this season. Can see the disgust on his face every game. Very similar to his last year in New England.

  5. ElioT Says:

    If Brady is able and willing to play in 2023…

    I can’t see what he’d want to play for the Bucs unless they promise to “reload” again and let him hand pick an OC. – Then what’s his contract look like?

  6. steele Says:

    Brady is one of the lunatics who are addicted to their game, to the point that they will never quit until they are forced to, by catastrophic injury.

    Such insane individuals will even accept losing, humiliation, deterioration in their games, embarrassing roles (on bad teams, as backups), less pay (as time goes on) and the destruction of their pristine legacies.

    They view all such problems as challenges. Outsized challenges, the impossible, get them even more fired up that they can overcome them and show the world that they still have it. That they will still win it all.

    Brady right now reminds me of Joe Montana as a KC Chief. And almost Michael Jordan as a Charlotte Hornet.

  7. Beej Says:

    He’s the best QB we can hope to have

  8. Jfan Says:

    Bill OBrian his favorite Offensive Coordinator appears to be headed back to New England. Have a feeling TB12 goes back there and joins him. No way he plays another season under Leftwich.

  9. Austin Christopher Lewis Says:

    I bet Tom comes back. Jensen going down was HUGE in our whole teams success. Foundation of winning starts in the trenches. I’m sure Tom realizes that. With more continuity with this team, I’m sure next year will be wayyyy better. Gronk and Otton? Come on, that’s a nice pair

  10. Joshua porter Says:

    If people think this man gave up his family for 1 year there crazy. Something tells me this dude will have to be carted off the field when he’s done.

  11. Bucanero Says:

    Who else wants him? Colts? Raiders? I think we might keep Brady and must definitely go for it. Yeah, this season and what have you, but this dude can still lead this team. Jensen and others who signed multi-year contracts surely want him back.

  12. Joshua porter Says:

    There’s a reason they signed everyone to 3 year deals.

  13. Bucs go Bucs Says:

    Deeez NATZ…

    Jeez Not washed yet.
    The dude will come back more determined than ever now that he is free of spouse’s rein.

    Go Bucs.

  14. Miller5252 Says:

    Brady could win another Super Bowl with the niners. If they keep their core intact, David follows Brady, maybe Odell and a few others that want rings for cheap they could easily do it. Maybe another team that looks at it the same way has a chance. 1 of the reasons why Brady left NE was to play for an offensive minded coach that would let Brady throw the ball. Bowles has ruined that. If you want Brady back, you better be willing to make those changes. End of story.

  15. Buc4evr Says:

    For Brady to come back, lefty would have to be gone and the entire OLine would need to be re-tooled. Probably would need better tight ends.

  16. mg Says:

    Miami needs a quarterback as well as another 2 dozen loser outfits.

  17. Vancouver Buc Says:

    Not here if Bowels is still HC

  18. steele Says:

    If Brock Purdy continues to produce, Niners will not need or want Brady, even if they don’t wind up winning it all. They will have Purdy and Trey Lance (who they still like and have invested in). No reason to insert a 46 yr old Brady and disrupt something that is working extremely well for them.

  19. tbbucs3 Says:

    I can assure you that the 49ers are not interested in Brady next season….they are doing just fine and can do without a 46 year old declining quarterback

  20. Oneilbuc Says:

    Joe do this every time Brady sucks he always come with a post like this. Lol 😂😂 Brady is done he’s washed up and the real football fans can see it but the rest of y’all are delusional and stuck in denial because of your blinders y’all put on for your god !! Lol 🤣🤣🤣

  21. Buccos Says:

    Exactly. Why would San Fran want Brady? Their rookie 3rd string QB crushed him. The only other team that I could see would be Miami. He already tried to go there once. And once you have adapted to the Florida climate you don’t go back up north. I’d much rather drown in a Hurricane than freeze to death in a bomb cyclone, whatever that is.

  22. mg Says:

    “real football fans”
    that is priceless

  23. mg Says:

    What is Trask’s number this year?

  24. Goatfarmer Says:

    Osqueelyall be like it Brady fault, nothing to do with stupid coaches, nah.

  25. Just Saying Says:

    Tua’s 3rd concussion makes Miami a bit more interesting as a landing spot for Brady. Unfortunately the Bucs have not done much to present an arrow up trend.

  26. Go Bucs Go Says:

    SF would definitely want Brady as their QB next year. Dolphins would, too. Pardy and others might thrive under the system during the regular games. Man, postseason is whole different animal. Ask Rodgers and Mahome about how hard it is to reach and win SB. Brady has 7 in his 10 appearances. Such a short sighted opinion, people. They would absolutely want Brady at helm.

    Go Bucs.

  27. bob Says:

    he will leave and take gronk with him to the raiders

  28. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Brady is being a good soldier…saying the right things…or at least not saying the wrong things.

    I can’t see a scenario he returns to Tampa. ( I don’t see a scenario. the Bucs win the Super Bowl…unfortunately).

    Possible destinations:

    1) Miami…as Tua circles the drain…perhaps Payton joins him if the Dolphins continue to lose as well

    2) San Fran…Jimmy G is likely done there…Purdy good will do something to keep them from winning it all

    3) New England…Kraft brokers the deal…Mac Jones is a punk and just a guy.

  29. Winny Testaverde Says:


    That could very well happen as well. Used Carr isn’t championship caliber and a reunion with Josh McDaniels is a plus. Las Vegas is a 2nd home for Gronk Inc. these days.

  30. Old School Bucs Says:

    All the losers chining in here as usual. As I have said several times on this site, Brady is not retiring and he will play again in Tampa. These people on this site are the sorriest fans I have ever seen. If I was Brady, I would find a team with a better fan base. These fans here just suck. I can go on to The panthers site and get more credible and positive analysis of the Bucs than here. Just pathetic.

    See you all in the super bowl!

  31. The Anomaly Says:

    his arm is done…no thanks

  32. Darin Says:

    If lefty is still here let Brady go finish out his career a winner somewhere. But we all know lefty is walking toast. So we shall see

  33. David Says:

    1. He’s been mediocre this year, he needs to come back focused.
    2. Jensen back and healthy along with another added lineman
    3. A quick, speedy, young receiver.
    4. New OC
    5. Bowles- run the defense and stay out of the offense’s way.

    Those things may get him to come back to Tampa, but it sure is not looking good, although I don’t know what his options are. Miami and SF may have moved on.

  34. BrianBucs Says:

    Why in the world would Brady want to come back here for his final year and play in this horrible offense that Bowles forces Leftwich to run?
    Brady will want to go to a team whose head coach understands that the team that scores the most points actually wins the game

  35. Jerry Says:

    I don’t know. What other team is going to sign a 46 year old QB? I think Brady’s stock may have dropped a little bit this season, even though 90% of it isn’t his fault and he’s got a bad O-line. His throws seem to have lost a little spice compared to the last two years. Usually once when you start to see an aging QB decline, and is in his 40s, the decline tends to accelerate rapidly. He likely only has one year left in the tank, realistically.

    So if he goes somewhere else it would have to be a one-year, all-in type of situation. Maybe only 1 or 2 teams that would entertain the idea.

    Heck, there were only a few teams that wanted him when he was 43. But most in here seem to think a whole bunch of teams is going to want him at age 46?

    I know it’s Tom Brady. But nobody escapes Time.

  36. Tony Says:

    Just can’t see where he’d want to go somewhere else for another year or so & learn a whole new offense & system & everything. Unless he did end up going back to New England. But I’d think they’d give that Zappe a chance if they ever get unhappy with Jones. New England is kind of in the same position as the Bucs though. Patricia isn’t doing the best of jobs just like Leftwich.

  37. Tony Says:

    The season seemed like it was gonna be kind of doomed from the beginning. Everything going on between him & Gisele Bowles & Leftwich gonna be taking over & injuries were already starting heading into the season & it just kept going.

  38. catcard202 Says:

    TB12 is not the QB he used to be. He has spurts of excellence & 4th qtr magic left in him, but is not playing at a high level with any consistency anymore. His decline is painfully obvious & it’s not going to get better in 2023. The peaks will get shorter & valley’s deeper. But he probably has 1yr left in the tank.

    Any team that signs Brady for 2023 is only doing so for the retirement tour merch sales & off-season media bump…Which is exactly what I’d expect from this ownership group.

  39. Rod Munch Says:

    He’ll got to SF for sure, where they have a real headcoach who is offensive minded that understands how to use their players properly. There is no chance in hell he’s back in Tampa with that idiot Leftwich still in charge, and very doubtful he’d come back to play for Bowles even if you changed the OC.

    For the Bucs, next year it’s Tank with Trask(TM), and a 3-14 record. All the idiots wanting Brady to go, they’re such morons they don’t understand what the future holds once he leaves – it’s a complete rebuild and another decade or two of losing.

  40. Vancouver Buc Says:

    Well said BrianBucs

  41. Rod Munch Says:

    Man, reading the comments in here, and it’s remarkable how stupid most of you are and how you have no idea what you’re watching.

    If you think Brady is the problem with the offense, you’re probably the same nutsack who’d blame Winston for every loss when Ryan Smith and VH3 and Chris Conte were giving up 450 yards passing and 6 TDs.

  42. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Brady is not the whole problem but he’s certainly contributing to this garbage. If you stick your head in the sand and say otherwise you’re the idiot.

  43. Tony Says:

    @Rod Munch

    I didn’t want Hargreaves when he was first coming out & I always thought Conte sucked. Same with Donovan. I didn’t want him coming out either & yep he’s turned into nothing but for some reason they’re hanging onto him like they did with Clayton when he didn’t do much either.

  44. Oneilbuc Says:

    Oldschool. No fans like you are the worse to believe that a 46 year old quarterback will be better next year. Fans like you puts blinders on and ignore what you are seeing on tv because you don’t want to let Brady go. Fans like you looks for scapegoats on the team. Fans like you makes every excuse for Brady regardless how bad he plays. And fans like you is the reason why the Glazers sale names to us just to sale out the stadium and make money regardless how bad of a coach or player they are. That’s been the problem with this franchise!!

  45. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Nor many teams needing a QB will opt for a 46 year old……and not many 46 year old players will opt for a team that needs WRs, RB, Oline and a defense.

    Will the 49rs dump their star rookie?….I don’t think so.

    We have Jensen signed along with Godwin, Evans, Gage…..a good defense….

    Brady loves his teammates…..but needs a better OC……let him pick one and he stays.

  46. Hodad Says:

    Me personally would love to see Tom calling plays for Fox. And I don’t believe him when he says he’s not thinking about retirement. His play won’t get better with age, he must know this by now.

  47. NEfan Says:

    For Oneilsuckyall and the rest of you Brady haters.

    Brady 32-48 281 1td 2 ints

    Hebert 24-31 235 int

    Wilson 15-27 214 1 td 3 int

    Roger’s 24-38 228 1 td int

    Tua. 16-25 310 1 td 3int

    Carr. 16-30 174 1 td

    Mahomes 16-28 224 2 tds

    Smith. 25-40 215. 1 td 1int

    Burrows 40-52 375 3 tds 2 int

    Allen. 15-26 172 2 tds 2 int

    Lawrence 20-31 229

    I didn’t get D. Watson stats but they were not good.

    My point Bucs fans, be careful what you wish for. Brady is as good as any.

  48. Bucobill999 Says:

    All these brady fan bois who can’t see that he’s washed go look like Broadway joe did on rams for the raiders go ahead see how that works out

  49. orlbucfan Says:

    There’s a lot of weirdo username handles on here that I’ve never seen before. This has been going on since Methuselah 0 showed up. I bet most (if not all) will be history next year when M0 is gone. He’s too old, and I could care less what groupies and non Buc fans say. The subject is a $$$$boost$$$ to the Joes’ bottom line. 🙂

  50. George Says:

    Brady is playing as well as one can given our losing offensive line. Licht let him down by not bringing in proper replacements when Jensen and Stinnie went down. Brady is releasing the ball very quickly and doesn’t have the time needed to make the deep throws properly.

  51. tbbucs3 Says:

    “Brady is playing as well as one can given our losing offensive line”

    HA! Theres plenty of QBs around the leuage playing well with beat up lines….Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson, Justin Hebert? A mobile quarterback would help open things up in this offense….Brady immobility is becoming a huge problem.

  52. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Brady is still better than most. Burrow was the most sacked QB in the league last season…cost them the SB against the lucky Rams, Lamar Jackson is hurt because he’s run first and Herbert just made the playoffs for the first time…but has had multiple games with no TDs. Cincy has potentially the best offensive weapons in the league and the the Chargers aren’t far behind.

    I know the Trask Force ™️ is ready to make the switch. You’ll get your wish(es) next year…with the over/under win total of 3.5.

  53. NEfan Says:

    Bucblobill, ttsucs & oralB, voicing their opinion with no leg to stand on. Broadway Jo, really? Put your teeth back in and adjust your rabbit ear antenna your view is as.crammbled as your opinion. If your throwing out Mahomes, Hebert, Allen and Burrow? Yes at Brady’s age I would take anyone of them over Brady, but that would be it. Some forget Mahomes 6yrs in the league 2 SB’s 1 win, Allen 5 yrs O, Hebert 4 yrs O, Burrows 4 yrs 1 sb O wins. Brady 1st season in Tampa SB Win. Short memories. Same guys that counted him out in the Rams PO game until the same guy killing this team killed the 2021 dream.

  54. JimmyfromNY Says:

    Like I said, most of the Brady trolls are not Bucs fans, they’re from teams that he tormented their entire lives. Most of them have high blood pressure from years of winning , they simply don’t get it , Probably a few domestic assaults!! Salty Tears are the best!!

  55. JimmyfromNY Says:

    I don’t care what age Brady is Mahomes, Joe B , Allan and wouldn’t win seven games with this team they all have 20 turnovers. Not the way this team constituted with this coaching staff, this office of line , receivers they can’t get open and no running game. For chrissake, all three of those guys are in unbelievable situations with great coaching, staffs receivers that are open most of the time, running games and all offensive lines, and they still turn the ball over more than Brady. They are going to see next year when he’s gone his team won’t win for the next two decades. Brady’s gonna go somewhere and be in the MVP conversation next year. Book it