Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians Contradicts Tom Brady Retirement Reports: “He Hasn’t. Not Even Close To Making His Mind Up Yet. He Told Us”

Published 02/01/2022, 3:27 AM EST

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady isn’t going away just yet, as tributes pour in every hour. The 44-year-old was seen in recent weeks dropping hints about stepping away from the gridiron. Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians did share his thoughts, and it is safe to say differs from the news.

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On January 30th, the news did emanate from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and his tweet about Brady. The tweet claimed that he will be stepping away from the game after 22 seasons. But the news did seem untrue for coach Arians, who shared that Brady has not made a final decision on retiring. He stated his reaction saying, “He hasn’t. Not even close to making his mind up yet. He told us.” 

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Additionally, some reports claim that Buccaneers GM Jason Licht did receive a call from Brady. The player did inform Licht that he is yet to reach any final decision. However, it was Buccaneers QB’s official Twitter that added more confusion. It did release a tweet about the news and deleted it shortly after.

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The only statement regarding this matter that did come from Brady’s camp was via his agent, Don Yee. Yee did refuse to comment on the accuracy of the news while assuring that Brady will provide an update soon. He did claim that Brady is well versed in the rigors facing NFL players nowadays while reaching his decision.

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There does appear to be some miscommunication with ESPN, who refuse to budge from their initial reporting. It has become an awkward situation for both Brady and ESPN, who have made a mess of the historic news. However, it seems that the 7-time Super Bowl champion might consider retirement, and his health and family are the main driving force.

Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks to head coach Bruce Arians before a game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

It is a perplexing situation that will be cleared only after a statement from Brady. But the decision from Brady will be a momentous occasion for every NFL fan from around the world.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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