The Tampa Bay Buccaneers supposedly have not been directly informed of Tom Brady’s plans to retire, but now they are fighting back on a report about head coach Bruce Arians seemingly operating as if he expects his quarterback to call it a career.
Arians has given his coaching staff permission to seek jobs with other teams, Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports.
“Everything is up in the air in Tampa Bay,” a source told Wilson. “What kind of team are they going to have without Tom Brady and so many free agents? It’s looking like a rebuild, and guys are making contingency plans.”
On Sunday, Arians disputed those reports.
Per Buccaneers reporter Greg Auman, “Arians says this report is false, that he hasn’t done this and is handling this off-season and his staff seeking jobs elsewhere the same as any other year.” Noting, “Most are under contract with the Bucs anyway.”
Tom Brady’s decision is going to rock the NFL either way. If he comes back, Tampa Bay Bucs remain a Suer Bowl contender for the next season. If he decides to hang it up, the Bucs will likely be fighting for a top spot in the 2023 NFL draft.
If Brady does walk away from the game, he will be leaving with one more ring than Jordan, two more rings than Derek Jeter, three more rings than both Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw.
He will be leaving on top, and he will be leaving healthy, wealthy and wise.