Tom Brady revealed that he is still undecided about returning to the NFL after the Buccaneers’ divisional loss to the Rams. “I haven’t put a lot of thought into it,” Brady said of retiring at the Buccaneers press conference. “So, we’ll just take it day by day and kind of see where we’re at.” Brady continued, explaining that returning to the 2022 season wasn’t on his mind in the heat of gameplay that evening — rather, he was “thinking about winning” only. “I’m not thinking about anything past five minutes from now,” he said of his headspace before the Rams’ victory.
Brady’s current contract with Tampa Bay is set to run through the 2022 season, according to Forbes. Meanwhile, the star quarterback has previously expressed playing in the league until age 45. “I felt for a long time, I could play until I was 45 years old,” Brady said on an episode of SiriusXM “Town Hall” in July 2021. “I think I committed to say, ‘Hey, I’m going to play till I’m 45.’ And this year I’ll be 44, which naturally takes me to the next year. I’ve got a two-year contract. We’ll see what happens beyond that.” In August 2021, Brady said he will “know when the time’s right” to hang up his jersey. “If I’m not a championship-level quarterback, then I’m not gonna play,” he said, per NBC Sports, before teasing his career wasn’t over. “But if I think I can win a championship, then I’ll play.”