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The 2022 campaign is expected to be the final of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady‘s career, sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Brady briefly retired following last season but returned to the Buccaneers 40 days later. Since rejoining the team, he’s remained mum on how long he plans to continue playing. The veteran told reporters in July that he’s taking a “year-to-year” approach.

The 45-year-old took a brief personal absence from the Bucs this summer before returning at the end of August. Brady spent the majority of his time away in the Bahamas on a vacation he promised his family earlier this year, Rapoport reports.

Brady’s contract is set to expire after the season. Following the conclusion of his playing career, the signal-caller will join Fox Sports as its lead NFL analyst on a reported historic 10-year, $375-million deal.

The legendary passer has tallied a 24-9 record and won one Super Bowl with Tampa Bay. He threw for a league-high 5,316 yards and 43 touchdowns last season.

The Bucs begin their campaign with a Sunday Night Football matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.

Dana White says Tom Brady nearly landed in Las Vegas during his free agency journey in 2020.

The UFC president claimed Saturday that former Raiders coach Jon Gruden called off a deal that would have seen both Brady and longtime tight end Rob Gronkowski join the silver and black.

White said he worked on getting Brady and Gronk to come to the Raiders. “It was almost a done deal, and at the last minute, Gruden blew the deal up and said he ‘didn’t want them,'” White said during the “UFC 278 with The Gronks” show.

White added that Brady was even looking at houses in the area before Gruden squashed the plan.

Last summer, Brady famously had strong words for a supposedly interested team that backed out at the last minute, saying, “There was a story in free agency, one of the teams, they were interested, and all of a sudden, they weren’t interested at the very end. I was sitting there thinking, ‘You’re sticking with that motherfucker? Are you serious?'”

The future Hall of Famer ended up choosing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who eventually also acquired Gronkowski from the New England Patriots in an April trade before the 2020 season.

Gronkowski noted on Saturday’s broadcast that he was “glad the deal fell through” with Las Vegas, and he believes it all worked out for the best.

Brady and Gronkowski went on to lead the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl LV win over the Kansas City Chiefs during their first campaign in Tampa Bay. The 45-year-old signal-caller led the league with 5,316 passing yards and 43 touchdowns.

Following a brief retirement earlier this year, Brady is back in Tampa Bay for his 23rd NFL season.

The NFL announced Tuesday that an independent investigation determined the Miami Dolphins had impermissible communications with Tom Brady and former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

As a result, the league is stripping the Dolphins of their 2023 first-round pick and their 2024 third-rounder for violating its integrity of the game policy.

Additionally, the NFL is suspending Miami owner Stephen Ross through Oct. 17 and fining him $1.5 million. The league is also removing him from all committees indefinitely and barring him from attending any NFL meeting until the league’s annual gathering in 2023.

The investigation found that the Dolphins tampered with Brady both while he was under contract with the New England Patriots in 2019-20 and after his 2021 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Miami also violated league rules through its communications with Payton in January.

“The investigators found tampering violations of unprecedented scope and severity,” said commissioner Roger Goodell. “I know of no prior instance of a team violating the prohibition on tampering with both a head coach and star player, to the potential detriment of multiple other clubs, over a period of several years. Similarly, I know of no prior instance in which ownership was so directly involved in the violations.”

The NFL also fined Dolphins vice chairman/limited partner Bruce Beal $500,000 and barred him from attending any league meeting for the remainder of the 2022 campaign.

However, the league didn’t find evidence supporting the tanking allegations made by former Dolphins coach Brian Flores.

Flores said he refused to accept a $100,000-per-game offer to tank during his first season with Miami. The investigation found the offer wasn’t intended, or taken, to be serious.

“Every club is expected to make a good-faith effort to win every game,” Goodell said. “The integrity of the game, and public confidence in professional football, demand no less.

“An owner or senior executive must understand the weight that his or her words carry and the risk that a comment will be taken seriously and acted upon, even if that is not the intent or expectation. Even if made in jest and not intended to be taken seriously, comments suggesting that draft position is more important than winning can be misunderstood and carry with them an unnecessary potential risk to the integrity of the game.”

Goodell continued: “The comments made by Mr. Ross did not affect coach Flores’ commitment to (winning), and the Dolphins competed to win every game. Coach Flores is to be commended for not allowing any comment about the relative importance of draft position to affect his commitment to (winning) throughout the season.”

Julio Jones will get a chance to capture his first championship after joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the wideout is still wrapping his head around the prospect of playing with the Super Bowl hopefuls and star quarterback Tom Brady.

“Just being with a Hall of Fame quarterback, great quarterback, great coaching staff,” Jones said Wednesday, according to NESN’s Sean T. McGuire. “I mean, like I said, it’s a surreal moment. It’s amazing. I’m ready to go. But at the end of the day, it’s all about accountability. I have to be accountable for him (Brady), the team, everybody.

“So with all that said and done, I still have to come to work. I still have to put the work in. You can say, ‘We got Mike (Evans). We got Tom.’ But we all have to put the work in. Nobody’s going to give us anything. We just got to come out here and work each and every day. That’s all it’s about.”

The seven-time Pro Bowler signed a one-year deal reportedly worth up to $6 million, picking Tampa Bay over the Green Bay Packers.

For the first time in his career, a team likely won’t ask Jones to take on a leading role. Although he often played second fiddle to A.J. Brown during his lone injury-riddled season with the Tennessee Titans, Jones will compete for work with Evans, Chris Godwin, and free-agent addition Russell Gage in Tampa Bay.

Despite boasting an array of talent on offense, Brady was apparently still working behind the scenes to entice Jones back to the NFC South.

“You think he gave me a call? Did Tom call me? What’s his area code?” Jones said. “Yeah, I talked to him. I talked with Tom several times. But we were just talking. It wasn’t really about coming to Tampa, we were just communicating. Feeling each other out, I guess. Probably was a tactic, but I don’t know. I’m here.”

The biggest question facing Jones will be his availability after he missed 14 games over the last two seasons. But Jones has insisted he’s “100% healthy” as training camp kicks off, according to The Athletic’s Greg Auman.

Tom Brady provided more details about his decision to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason after a brief retirement, saying Wednesday that he wasn’t able to stay away from football due to his “appetite to compete.”

The legendary quarterback can already see the end of the tunnel, though.

“I think mostly when I kind of told the team, ‘Look, you know guys gotta make plans without me.’ And then (GM) Jason (Licht) and (coach) Bruce (Arians) said, ‘Just give it time,'” Brady said on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “I said, ‘Look, I feel pretty strongly.’

“Then time went by, and you just get super competitive. I think I’m part crazy. … Forty-five years old and I’m out here with a lot of young guys that are trying to take my head off. I see (Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman) Aaron Donald work out on my Instagram, and I’m like, ‘Damn, maybe I should’ve stayed retired because he’s a beast.'”

He continued: “But I had the appetite to compete, and it’s going to be gone soon. … I gotta, you know, just really appreciate the time I have left because it’s not a lot.”

Brady officially announced he’d play his 23rd NFL season March 13, less than two months after first announcing his retirement.

It’s still unclear when Brady will retire for good. However, the seven-time Super Bowl champion does know what’s waiting for him once he hangs up his cleats.

“It’s going to be a totally new career,” Brady said of his agreement to become Fox Sports’ lead NFL analyst after he retires. “It’s a new opportunity for me to try something that I’m going to work really hard to prepare to be as good as I could possibly can be, knowing that the day that I walk on the set for the first time won’t be my finest moment.

“There’ll be a lot of growing pains and I’ll have to learn to be really good at it, but I also think there’s part of it that excites me.”

Brady, who turns 45 in August, has shown no signs of slowing down on the field. He led the NFL in completions (485), passing yards (5,316), and touchdowns (43) en route to finishing second in MVP voting last season.

Tom Brady will join Fox Sports as its lead NFL analyst once his playing career ends, Fox announced Tuesday.

“We are pleased to announce that immediately following his playing career, seven-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady will be joining us at Fox Sports as our lead analyst,” Fox Corporation Executive Chair and CEO Lachlan Murdoch said in a statement.

“Over the course of this long-term agreement, Tom will not only call our biggest NFL games with Kevin Burkhardt but will also serve as an ambassador for us, particularly with respect to client and promotional initiatives,” Murdoch added.

Brady will receive a 10-year, $375-million deal from Fox, making it the richest contract in sports media history, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports.

Fox Sports issued a statement Tuesday denying the reported terms of Brady’s contract.

“What has been reported isn’t an accurate description of the deal, and we have not released details beyond what was disclosed on our quarterly earnings call,” the statement read, according to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal.

The quarterback shared his excitement for his next career venture but said he still has “a lot of unfinished business” with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers quarterback is set to take part in his 23rd NFL campaign after the status of his playing future dominated the early portions of the 2022 offseason. The legendary quarterback retired earlier this year only to announce less than two months later in March that he would come out of retirement.

It remains uncertain how long the 44-year-old will continue playing in the NFL, but he is under contract with the Buccaneers for just one more season.

Brady has spent the last two seasons with the Bucs, earning two playoff appearances and one Super Bowl championship – the seventh title of his career. He is coming off a 2021 campaign that saw him lead the league in passing yards (5,316) and touchdowns (43).

Despite retiring at the age of 44 on Feb. 1, Tom Brady said Monday that he never doubted his ability to physically keep up with today’s game.

In fact, Brady, who’ll turn 45 on Aug. 3, said he returned for a 23rd NFL season last month because he believes he still belongs in the league.

“I knew my body, physically, could still do what it could do,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback told Tom VanHaaren of ESPN. “And, obviously, I have a love for the game. I think I’ll always have a love for the game.

“I do think, physically, I’ll be able to do it. I just felt like there was still a place for me on the field.”

After spending time with his family and reflecting on his decision to leave football, Brady spoke with members of the Buccaneers organization, including former head coach Bruce Arians. He then eventually decided to end his 40-day retirement. Brady said he was motivated by the love for his teammates and the chance to make up for last season’s “very bitter ending” at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams.

“I wanted to give myself and my teammates and our organization another incredible opportunity to accomplish something that we’d all be very proud of,” he said.

Brady added: “At the end of the day, I just love the competition on the field.”

However, the future Hall of Famer realizes he’s at the end of his career.

“I wish you could go forever, but it’s just not (possible). Football comes at too high of a cost now,” he said. “My kids are getting older, and it’s just getting harder and harder to miss these things.”

Brady showcased that he could still produce at an elite level in 2021. He led the league with 5,316 passing yards and 43 touchdowns last season.

Tom Brady isn’t quite ready to walk away after all.

The future Hall of Fame quarterback revealed his return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 23rd season on Sunday – less than two months after first announcing his retirement.

After weeks of speculation, Brady’s initial retirement declaration came weeks after Tampa Bay’s divisional-round playoff exit. When thinking of his future, the 44-year-old explained he planned to “focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.”

The move to walk away temporarily forced the Buccaneers into an uncertain position at quarterback, with several names, including Houston Texans trade candidate Deshaun Watson, floated as potential replacements.

“We are thrilled that Tom has decided to come back this season,” Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “We said we would leave all options open for him should he reconsider his retirement and today’s announcement is something we have been preparing for in recent days.”

“We are ecstatic that he decided to continue playing and working toward winning another championship,” added head coach Bruce Arians.

Brady’s surprise return changes everything on the eve of NFL free agency. Tampa Bay once again has an All-Pro at the most critical position, and the Buccaneers remain a destination for players looking to compete for a Super Bowl.

Brady, the league’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns, was incredibly still playing as well as ever throughout the 2021 campaign – his second in Tampa Bay.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion threw for a league-high and career-best 5,316 passing yards and 43 touchdowns while leading the Bucs to their first division title since 2007.

The Miami Dolphins planned to pursue Sean Payton for its head coaching position and Tom Brady to be the starting quarterback for the 2022 campaign, sources told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.

The organization halted the idea after former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores filed a lawsuit against the NFL and three teams – Miami, the New York Giants, and the Denver Broncos – alleging racial discrimination in hiring practices.

Miami reached out to the New Orleans Saints to get permission to speak with Payton following news of him stepping down from his head coaching role, but the Saints declined the request, Florio adds.

The Dolphins also reportedly explored adding Brady as a minority owner. However, Miami paused those plans due to the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback’s uncertain future following his retirement, Florio notes.

The 44-year-old retired earlier this offseason but previously said “never say never” about a potential comeback. The Buccaneers also reportedly haven’t ruled out Brady returning.

The Dolphins hired former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel as their next head coach earlier this month. The club heads into the 2022 campaign with former top-five pick Tua Tagovailoa penciled in as the starting quarterback.

The greatest career in pro football history is coming to an end.

Tom Brady is retiring from the NFL after 22 seasons, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington.

The 44-year-old quarterback, who still had one year left on his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, stated last year that his ultimate goal was to play until age 45. However, Brady said after the divisional-round loss to the Los Angeles Rams that he’d prioritize his family while deciding whether he’d return to Tampa Bay in 2022.

There are multiple factors behind Brady’s decision to retire, including family and health, according to Schefter and Darlington. He reportedly also recognizes that the Buccaneers are likely to undergo significant roster turnover after returning all their starters for the 2021 season.

Brady’s agent, Don Yee, announced in a statement Saturday that the quarterback will officially address his future soon.

“I understand the advance speculation about Tom’s future,” Yee said, according to Schefter. “Without getting into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what’s being reported, Tom will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy. He knows the realities of the football business and planning calendar as well as anybody, so that should be soon.”

The Athletic also reported Saturday evening that Brady was in touch with the Buccaneers after ESPN’s report to let the club know that he hasn’t yet made a decision about his future.

Brady posted a legendary career over stints with the New England Patriots and Buccaneers.

New England drafted him 199th overall in 2000 out of Michigan. After attempting just three passes as a rookie, Brady became the starter in 2001 and, alongside head coach Bill Belichick, helped make the Patriots the most dominant dynasty in NFL history. The Pats, who won Super Bowl XXXVI in Brady’s first year under center, lifted three Lombardi Trophies from 2001-04.

Brady led the Patriots to 17 AFC East titles, 13 AFC Championship Games, nine Super Bowl appearances, and six Super Bowl titles. He essentially missed the entire 2008 campaign after suffering a torn ACL in the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

His 2007 season is regarded as an all-time great. Brady guided the Patriots to the NFL’s first-ever 16-0 regular season while leading the league with 4,806 yards and a then-single-season record 50 touchdowns. New England reached Super Bowl XLII that campaign but failed to clinch a perfect season after suffering a shocking loss to the New York Giants.

Only two teams beat Brady in the Super Bowl. The Giants upset the Patriots in the big game twice (2008, 2012) and Philadelphia Eagles defeated New England in Super Bowl LII.

Brady’s 20-year tenure in New England ended in March 2020 after he decided not to re-sign. The three-time NFL MVP then joined the Buccaneers in free agency.

The GOAT led Tampa Bay to a victory in Super Bowl LV – the Bucs’ first championship since the 2002 season – and was named Super Bowl MVP for the fifth time. He’s the only player in NFL history to win the Super Bowl MVP award for two different franchises.

Brady went back to New England in Week 4 of the 2021 season, beating the Patriots to become only the fourth quarterback ever to defeat all 32 NFL teams (after Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees).

In two years with the Buccaneers, Brady posted a 24-9 regular-season record and tossed at least 40 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his career. He led the NFL with 485 completions, 5,316 passing yards, and 43 touchdowns in 2021 while helping Tampa Bay clinch its first division title since 2007.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion hangs up his cleats as the NFL’s all-time passing leader in attempts (11,317), completions (7,263), yards (84,520), touchdowns (624), and wins (243). He also holds all those records – among many others – in the postseason.

Brady also has a record 15 Pro Bowl selections and a Comeback Player of the Year award (2009) under his belt.

He tossed at least one regular-season touchdown to 90 different players throughout his career, with tight end Rob Gronkowski topping the list at 90 TD receptions.

It’s unclear what’s next for the Buccaneers at quarterback. The reigning Super Bowl champions currently have longtime backup Blaine Gabbert and second-round rookie Kyle Trask on the depth chart.