Tom Brady announced that he is returning to quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after just 40 days in retirement. It never seemed befitting of the seven-time Super Bowl champion to go quietly into the next phase of his life after an NFC divisional-round playoff loss to the Rams in which his dramatic 24-point second-half comeback went for naught.
“These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands,” he said.
“That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business.”
So, the Buccaneers no longer have to scour free agency for a quarterback. Brady, 44, still has one year remaining on his contract, so he couldn’t sign with his childhood-beloved 49ers or any other attractive destination like the Saints or Dolphins.