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Report: Tom Brady considering retirement

Report: Tom Brady considering retirement

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Retirement watch begins in Tampa Bay if Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are eliminated from the NFC playoffs on Sunday.

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Brady, 44, plans to take “a month or more” to decide whether to play in 2022, ESPN reported before the Buccaneers host the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional playoffs.

Brady led the Bucs to the Super Bowl last season and signed a restructured contract that includes next season.

The report says Brady and the Bucs are happy with their partnership and that mental and physical health is at the forefront of the conversation with Brady and his family.

He’s said in the past that he’d like to play until he’s 45 and maybe beyond, and performance hasn’t been an issue.

Brady led the NFL in passing yards with a career-high 5,316 yards and threw for 43 touchdown passes despite a spinning door at wide receiver and tight end positions.

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The offseason could bring quarterback drama for more than half of the NFL’s 32 teams, led by top passers like Brady, Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers), Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) and others.

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Rodgers said he had a “difficult decision” to make before the start of free agency regarding his future after Green Bay’s elimination from the playoffs. Wilson first indicated 12 months ago that he wasn’t happy in Seattle and wanted the franchise to address the offensive line.

After missing the playoffs this season, Wilson said he will explore his options, but is under contract with the team.

If Brady retired, the Buccaneers would most likely be looking for a quarterback as well. Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask, a 2021 second-round pick, are the team’s quarterbacks.