Buccaneers QB Tom Brady announces ‘I’m coming back’ for 23rd season ‘in Tampa’

The Buccaneers left the door open for a Brady return and are now returning to their position as NFC South favorites and Super Bowl contenders after winning a Super Bowl in 2020 and winning the division in 2021 with Brady at the helm.

“Total excitement,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians wrote to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport on Sunday.

“Tom Brady loves playing football as much as anyone I’ve been around,” Arians later said in a statement. “As Tom has said, his place at the moment is on the football pitch. He is still playing at Championship level and was as productive as anyone in the league last season. We are delighted that he has decided to keep playing and working to win another championship.”

The potential for a Brady return was also the reason the Bucs never offered the Houston Texans a trade for quarterback Deshaun Watson, Rapoport reported.

The timing of Brady’s return could also bode well for other returning Bucs, such as free agent Rob Gronkowski and Leonard Fournette.

“We are thrilled that Tom has decided to return this season,” Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “We said we would leave all options open to him if he reconsiders his retirement and today’s announcement is something that we have been preparing for the past few days. Bruce and I have had many conversations with Tom recently who led us to believe that there was a realistic chance that he would want to return. Tom is the greatest quarterback of all time still playing at an elite level. With this decision now made, we will continue to move from forward with our offseason plans to reload this roster for another championship run.”

Brady’s NFL career is considered the greatest of all time, hence his nickname the GOAT. He won seven Super Bowls – six in New England and one in Tampa Bay – and concluded the 2022 campaign as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards (84,520) and touchdowns (624) , at the top of a seemingly endless list of recordings.

At 44, Brady led the NFL in 2021 with 5,316 passing yards and 43 touchdowns — each of which also Bucs franchise records — as he became the oldest player in franchise history. the league to have won a passing title. Now he will take part in the 2022 campaign at 45 after his birthday on August 3.

Brady and the Buccaneers’ first season ended with a Super Bowl triumph. Their second act featured a scintillating comeback that narrowly fell short in the Divisional Round against the Los Angeles Rams. Less than two weeks after that loss, Brady announced his retirement. More time passed and Brady changed course.

The GOAT returns in 2022.

“Unfinished business,” he wrote.

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