Tom Brady Officially Set To Hit Free Agency In 2023: QB Mom In Future Plans But Won’t Play Until 50

During the off-season, there were much speculation suggesting that Tom Brady was trying to leave Tampa Bay this year, and while he didn’t, the seven-time Super Bowl winner could definitely leave the Buccaneers after the 2022 season, if that’s what he wants to do.

When Brady agreed to his deal recently restructured on Fridaythe new contract included two key elements with regard to its future (Details via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe):

  • The contract did not add more years to Brady’s old contract. Under his old deal, Brady was set to become a free agent after next season and that will still be the case under the restructured deal.
  • The contract includes a clause that will prevent the Buccaneers from using the franchise or transition tag on Brady. The biggest part of Brady’s deal is this clause, because it means Tampa Bay can’t hit him with the franchise or transition tag. The clause was in his original contract, and as it is still included in his restructured deal, it means there will be no way the Buccaneers can stop him from becoming a free agent in 2023.

Basically, what this all means is that as long as he doesn’t retire after the 2022 season, Brady will almost certainly be in the free agent market for the second time in his career.

If Brady wanted to play for the Buccaneers next season, he could simply have signed an extension instead of restructuring his contract. An extension would also have helped the Bucs, because it would take Brady’s future off the books if he decided to retire while under contract with them. Instead, the Buccaneers are now at a point where they have a low cap number with Brady this year (just $13.77 million) but a sky-high in 2023 ($35.1 million) and that cap number $35 million will happen whether Brady is on the team or not.

So will Brady retire after the 2022 season or will he look to sign with a new team? While the quarterback hasn’t talked about his future, he definitely hasn’t ruled out playing next year.

“I’m going to enjoy this year,” Brady told Complex in a recent interview. “I don’t know what’s going to happen beyond this year. We don’t really promise anything. I’m going to have to work hard to get my body the way it needs to be to give my team the best chance of succeeding.”

In that same interview, Brady hinted that this could be his last season when he told his family that he wanted to do the football thing, ‘One More Time’.

“I decided to talk to my family and I said, ‘I think I want to do this one more time if you guys support this,'” Brady said when asked what led to his decision to come out of retirement after just 40 days. “And my wife was so supportive and said, ‘Look, I want you to be happy. I want you to enjoy it and go out there and win.’ Ultimately, that’s why I came back, to win. There’s only one reason to play for me at this point in my career. And that’s to win.'”

With Brady so focused on winning a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers this season, it’s almost a guarantee he won’t answer any questions about his future in the coming months. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t see how things might play out.

Pro Football Talk has reported several times this offseason that Brady was close to joining the Dolphins, but that whole plan later fell apart. Brian Flores has filed a lawsuit against the team (and the NFL) on February 1. Just because Brady didn’t end up in Miami this offseason doesn’t mean he can’t make it happen next year. Also, let’s not forget that Brady wanted to sign with the 49ers in 2020 before settling for the Bucs, then San Francisco could still be a possibility if he enters free agency next offseason.

While Brady could very well end up playing for a new team next season, at 46, one thing he won’t do is play until he’s 50. In the Complex interview, the three-time MVP made it clear that he will retire before then. .

“I don’t think I’m going just because I know the commitment it takes,” Brady said when asked if he could imagine playing until he’s 50. “I know the commitment it takes for me at 44 and 45. Today and it’s a big commitment. and I’m far from my 14 year old son and my 12 year old son and my 9 year old daughter. And they deserve my time and energy and they’re getting old… If I played until I was 50, I’d miss a lot of things really important in his life. And I don’t want to do that.”

Brady will turn 45 in August and based on those comments, it seems he’s ruled out playing until he’s 50, but it doesn’t look like he’s ruled out playing another year or two, which will be next offseason. interesting for any team that needs a quarterback.

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