The Buccaneers have restructured Brady's 2022 contract, a move that creates $9 million in salary cap space for the team, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.
Analysis: The report notes that prior to restructuring Brady's deal, the team had just shy of $4.4 million in cap space ahead of next week's NFL draft. Now the Bucs have added resources to sign rookies, as well as potentially add more veteran free agents, with tight end Rob Gronkowski an intriguing option on that front if he decides to play in 2022. In any case, Brady -- who turns 45 in August -- remains on track to become an unrestricted free agent in 2023.
Apr 22, 2022 12:59 PM EST
Brady should remain in what is now a familiar offensive system despite the retirement of Bruce Arians, as he'll still be working under offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The future Hall of Famer's brief retirement came to an end shortly before Arians' sudden decision to call it a coaching career himself. However, Brady certainly won't have to adapt to a new offensive system, despite the architect of the one he's thrived in the last two seasons no longer donning a headset. In Leftwich, Brady will still be working under the same coordinator that's helped the legendary signal-caller rack up 9,949 yards and 83 touchdown passes across his last 33 regular-season games. Moreover, with new head coach Todd Bowles almost certain to give Leftwich significant autonomy over the offensive side of the ball, it's highly conceivable Brady will have an even bigger voice in the overall scheme during the coming season.
Apr 2, 2022 12:33 PM EST
Brady announced via his personal Twitter account Sunday that he'll return to the Buccaneers in 20222.
Analysis: Brady announced his retirement from football in early February, but he announced Sunday that he's "realized [his] place is still on the field and not in the stands." The 44-year-old turned in one of the best years of his career in 2021, as he completed 485 of 719 passes for 5,316 yards, 43 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while rushing 28 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Brady's announcement that he'll return for a 23rd season in the NFL will raise the fantasy stock of Tampa Bay's pass catchers now that he's going to be under center once again.
Mar 13, 2022 4:20 PM EST
Brady officially announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday.
Analysis: Brady spent time mulling a decision on his future after rumors of his retirement were preemptively floated Saturday, but the seven-time Super Bowl champion has ultimately decided to hang up the cleats following an age-44 season in which he compiled over 5,000 passing yards and 43 touchdowns. The three-time league MVP will leave the game as the NFL's all-time leader in passing touchdowns (624), passing yards (85,520), career wins (243) and Pro Bowl selections (15), and he doubtless now heads toward first-ballot Hall of Fame candidacy. That said, Brady's decision to step away from the NFL also leaves major questions at quarterback for a Buccaneers roster loaded with talent and potentially primed to compete.
Feb 1, 2022 6:45 AM EST
Brady relayed on his Let's Go podcast on SiriusXM on Monday that he hasn't made a decision on his future, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. "I'm still going through the process I said I was going through," Brady said. "When the time's right, I'll be ready to make a decision one way or the other."
Analysis: On Saturday, Jeff Darlington and Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Brady was poised to retire after 22 seasons, but his agent Don Yee later noted in a statement that the quarterback had yet to reach such a conclusion. Members of the Buccaneers, including GM Jason Light and coach Bruce Arians, later backed up Yee, per Michael Silver of Bally Sports. Brady's own comments Monday are consistent with that line of thinking, with no determination imminent on his playing status, one way or another.
Jan 31, 2022 4:23 PM EST
Brady reportedly hasn't officially made the decision to retire yet according to his agent, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Michael Silver reports the veteran quarterback has not informed general manager Jason Licht or head coach Bruce Arians about his decision to retire, but it seems like a mere formality after ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington appeared to get the scoop which indicated Brady was calling it a career. Considering Brady's own company tweeted out a career achievement rundown in celebration of the seven-time Super Bowl winner, one that has since been deleted, it'd be a legitimate surprise if the 44-year-old somehow reversed course on the decision. Expect more news to eventually come from Brady's camp in the coming days.
Jan 29, 2022 1:14 PM EST
Brady will announcement his retirement after 22 seasons, Jeff Darlington of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The greatest quarterback of all time will officially end his career after 22 seasons. The seven-time Super Bowl champion led the NFL in completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns in his final season, but after the Buccaneers' divisional-round loss to the Rams last Sunday it seemed increasingly likely the five-time Super Bowl MVP would call it a career. Brady will leave the game with the all-time record for passing touchdowns (624), all-time passing yards leader (85,520), most career wins (243) and most Pro Bowl selections (15) to go along with three league MVP awards.
Jan 29, 2022 11:57 AM EST
Brady isn't likely to choose a new team this offseason, instead deciding between retirement and another year with the Buccaneers, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Brady is 44, and at one point went on record saying he'd like to play until he's at least 45, but a number of recent reports suggests he's considering retirement over a third year with Tampa. He's technically signed through 2022 on a deal that pays him well below his open-market value even after incentives are added, though it doesn't seem compensation will be a sticking point this offseason, as Brady could've earned more when he left New England if that had been his goal. While the Bucs surely prefer he makes a decision sooner than later, Brady's status and importance to the team should afford him time to decide. He'll likely take at least a few weeks to mull things over in the aftermath of a dramatic loss to the Rams in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.
Jan 24, 2022 6:14 AM EST
Brady completed 30 of 54 passes for 329 yards with a touchdown and an interception during the Buccaneers' 30-27 loss to the Rams in their NFC divisional-round matchup Sunday. He also rushed once for no gain and lost a fumble.
Analysis: Taking the field hours after some sudden rumblings about his future surfaced, Brady didn't exactly put together a convincing body of work in a first half during which the Buccaneers punted on three possessions and ended two others with a missed field goal and an interception. The offense largely remained stuck in the mud for a good chunk of the second half as well, but Brady and his teammates gave the Tampa faithful one final thrill in the team's title-defense season when he connected on a 55-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans with 3:20 remaining to bring the Bucs within a touchdown and then led a seven-play drive following a Cam Akers fumble that culminated in a Leonard Fournette game-tying nine-yard touchdown run. Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp would go on to crush the Buccaneers' hopes on the Rams' ensuing game-winning drive, but Brady finished with a strong stat line for fantasy purposes after looking like he'd seriously underwhelm from that perspective for much of the afternoon. The focus will now undoubtedly turn to the Hall of Famer's future, which may certainly take some time to become clearer following the abrupt end to a quest for a second straight Super Bowl title.
Jan 23, 2022 3:54 PM EST
Brady plans to take time after Tampa Bay's postseason run concludes before deciding whether he'll return for a 23rd NFL season in 2022 or retire, Jeff Darlington and Adam Schefter of ESPN.com report.
Analysis: Brady, 44, has previously spoken of his goal being to play through his age-45 season, but the possibility of his departure following the season is a topic that has started to gain traction within the Tampa Bay organization over the past three weeks, according to the report. Despite playing at a high level in 2021 -- he started all 17 regular-season contests and completed 67.5 percent of his throws for 7.4 yards per attempt and a 43:12 TD:INT -- the seven-time Super Bowl champion wants to take a month or longer after the playoffs to assess how he feels physically and mentally while also gauging his family's desires. After a dominant win over the Eagles in the wild-card round, Brady and the Buccaneers will host the Rams in the divisional round Sunday.
Jan 23, 2022 6:34 AM EST
Brady completed 29 of 37 passes for 271 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions during the Buccaneers' 31-15 win over the Eagles in an NFC wild-card matchup Sunday.
Analysis: Brady and the Bucs ended up essentially enjoying a tune-up game in the opening salvo of their postseason, with Tampa Bay jumping out to a 31-0 lead by early in the second half to essentially remove any doubt as to the outcome. Brady was even more efficient than usual, averaging 7.3 yards per attempt in a mistake-free performance and navigating four sacks. The future Hall of Famer unsurprisingly focused on Mike Evans the most when taking through the air to the tune of nine completions, 117 yards and a touchdown, but he also leveraged the presence of Giovani Bernard and Rob Gronkowski on 10 additional occasions for the bulk of the rest of his production. Brady and teammates now await their divisional-round opponent next weekend, with Tampa Bay set to take on either the 49ers or Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium next weekend.
Jan 16, 2022 1:29 PM EST
Brady completed 29 of 37 passes for 326 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 41-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: Working with a particularly short-handed receiving corps, Brady still found a way to generate a very fantasy-friendly effort, tossing touchdown passes to Le'Veon Bell and Mike Evans (two). The future Hall of Famer finished the regular season with a career-high 5,316 passing yards across 17 games, an astounding figure he complemented with a 43:12 TD:INT. While he was able to get by in fine fashion with a makeshift pass-catching corps against a Panthers secondary missing Stephon Gilmore (reserve/COVID-19) on Sunday, it remains to be seen how Brady and the air attack will stack up against a much higher caliber of competition in the upcoming postseason.
Jan 9, 2022 5:07 PM EST
Brady completed 34 of 50 passes for 410 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in the Buccaneers' 28-24 win over the Jets on Sunday.
Analysis: While it had to have been the diametric opposite of how the Buccaneers planned to start the new calendar year, the defending champions were able to persevere through an unexpectedly difficult game replete with adverse circumstances thanks in large part to Brady's coolness and effectiveness when it mattered most. Down by four points after an afternoon full of uneven offensive play, the future Hall of Famer helmed a memorable nine-play, 93-yard drive that began just before the two-minute warning and which he capped off with a game-winning 33-yard touchdown pass to Cyril Grayson. Earlier in the second half, Brady had lost a key pass catcher when Antonio Brown opted to leave the field due to some sort of sideline dispute and never returned, and he also had to deal with a feisty Jets secondary that was able to keep him and his receiving corps off balance for long stretches of the contest. Brady's yardage total was actually only his third highest of the season, as he'd already put together another pair of 400-yard efforts over the first five games. Brady's steady and talented hand will undoubtedly be key in pushing the Buccaneers forward past the Brown controversy and into a Week 18 finale against the Panthers before the postseason begins.
Jan 2, 2022 1:35 PM EST
Brady completed 18 of 30 passes for 232 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 32-6 win over the Panthers on Sunday. He also rushed once for 11 yards.
Analysis: Considering he was playing without Mike Evans (hamstring), Chris Godwin (IR-knee) and pass-catching back extraordinaire Leonard Fournette (hamstring), Brady cobbled together a solid albeit modest performance. The future Hall of Famer unsurprisingly bestowed an avalanche of attention on Antonio Brown, who brought in 10 of Brady's 15 attempts for 101 yards. Brady could have Evans back in the fold for a Week 17 road trip to the Big Apple to face the Jets, which would give him a very good chance of boosting his production against what has been a vulnerable secondary for the majority of the season.
Dec 26, 2021 1:33 PM EST
Brady completed 26 of 48 pass attempts for 214 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 9-0 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Brady lost his two top outside threats in the first half of this contest, but it may not have made much of a difference with how relentless the Saints' defense performed. The age-less wonder was outmatched by a defensive unit for what felt like the first time this season, getting sacked a season-high four times and losing a fumble on his lone rushing attempt. It was the first time a Brady-led offense has been shut out since 2006, which is even more impressive when you consider that Tampa Bay was the highest-scoring offense heading into Week 15. The superstar quarterback has shown to bounce back from poor performances in the past, but he will have to earn it against the Panthers next Sunday who allow the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, especially if Mike Evans (hamstring) and Chris Godwin (knee) are unable to suit up.
Dec 19, 2021 9:23 PM EST
Brady completed 31 of 46 passes for 363 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and added 16 yards and another score on seven rushes in the Buccaneers' 33-27 overtime win over the Bills on Sunday. He also recovered a fumble.
Analysis: Facing one of the toughest statistical matchups in the league for passing attacks, Brady was surgical and received a nice boost to his final line on the game's final play when Breshad Perriman took a short throw 58 yards to the house for the game-winning touchdown in overtime. That scoring toss was preceded by a 13-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans in the second quarter and a one-yard touchdown sneak later in the period. Brady now has a trio of 300-yard efforts in the last four games, and the game-winning connection with Perriman locked in the legendary quarterback's eighth multi-touchdown passing effort in the last nine contests. Brady's next opportunity to build on his MVP-caliber 2021 resume comes in a Week 15 Sunday night home matchup against the Saints.
Dec 12, 2021 6:01 PM EST
Brady completed 38 of 51 passes for 368 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in the Buccaneers' 30-17 win over the Falcons on Sunday. He also rushed once for minus-1 yard.
Analysis: The numbers basically speak to Brady's dominance Sunday, with the future Hall of Famer looking locked in from the start of the game. Brady particularly locked in on Chris Godwin throughout the afternoon, targeting his fifth-year wideout a whopping 17 times and connecting on 15 of those attempts for 143 yards. Somewhat surprisingly, none of Brady's four scoring tosses went to either Godwin or Mike Evans, however, as he connected twice with Rob Gronkowski and once apiece with Leonard Fournette and Cameron Brate. The 22-year veteran now has multiple touchdown passes in seven of the last eight games, a sample that includes four tallies of at least four scoring throws. His next opportunity to continue adding to that impressive stretch comes in a Week 14 home showdown against the Bills.
Dec 5, 2021 1:22 PM EST
Brady completed 25 of 34 passes for 226 yards with a touchdown and an interception while adding two yards on two rushes in the Buccaneers' 38-31 win over the Colts on Sunday.
Analysis: The Colts have been effective limiting wide receiver production for most of the season, and with that coming to fruition again Sunday, Brady was forced to seek out alternative paths to success through the air. It led to relatively muted numbers overall for the future Hall of Famer, as he largely focused on Rob Gronkowski and Leonard Fournette when dropping back and didn't complete a pass longer than 32 yards. Brady did throw his sixth interception over Antonio Brown's (ankle) four-game absence as well, with Sunday's matchup likely one where he particularly missed the playmaking dynamic he offers as the third receiver. Brady may have a chance to have a fully healthy receiving corps and will definitely draw an easier matchup on paper overall in Week 13 road divisional clash against the Falcons.
Nov 28, 2021 2:08 PM EST
Brady completed 30 of 46 passes for 307 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Monday night's 30-10 win over the Giants.
Analysis: Brady opened the game with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Chris Godwin on a screen. Although he subsequently had another screen dropped by Mike Evans and intercepted deep in his own territory, Brady went back to Evans for a five-yard score in the second half. Overall, he comfortably picked apart the Giants defense, completing six passes to four different targets, three of whom reached at least 65 receiving yards as well. In doing so, the 44-year-old's night was over by midway through the fourth quarter, affording him a little extra rest ahead of an enticing Week 12 matchup versus the Colts.
Nov 22, 2021 8:25 PM EST
Brady completed 23 of 34 passes for 220 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Buccaneers' 29-19 loss to Washington on Sunday. He also gained two yards on one rush.
Analysis: Playing without Antonio Brown (ankle) and Rob Gronkowski (back) yet again, Brady struggled to get much going against what had been an extremely porous Washington secondary. Brady also threw multiple interceptions for the first time since Week 1 against the Cowboys, with his picks Sunday short-circuiting drives at the Buccaneers' 28-yard line and midfield in the first half. Brady did salvage his fantasy day with touchdown tosses to Cameron Brate and Mike Evans. With this uncharacteristic clunker behind him, Brady's next opportunity to bounce back to his usual standards of play comes in a Week 11 home date against the Giants on Monday night, Nov. 22.
Nov 14, 2021 1:31 PM EST
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