This is called a “sweep”. Opposed to the Dallas Cowboys Monday in the first round of the play-offs, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers never weighed in the meeting, counting up to 24 points behind in the third quarter. They finally lost 31-14, punctuating a very average season for the Florida franchise (8 wins, 9 losses in the regular season). “It was a match like what we did this year: ineffective in passing, not very good in running. So it’s hard to beat good teams like this.”, reacted Brady hotly. At 45 and after 23 seasons in the American League, the quarterback, who will be free to commit where he wants in March, will he extend the adventure for another year?
He thanks his frankness and the journalists
Asked at the end of the meeting about his future, the seven-time Super Bowl winner let nothing leak out. ” Everything in its time. I just feel like it’s the end of the season. I’ll go home and get a good night’s sleep. »
On the other hand, he concluded his speech by thanking the “Bucs” and the journalists present on the spot, in what looked like a farewell to his frankness. “I wanted to say thank you to all of you for this year. And you know I love this organization, it’s a great place. Thank you all for your welcome. »
Several teammates also paid tribute to him, like linebacker Lavonte David (32), reinforcing the idea of a departure. “It’s an unreal feeling, to have watched him as a kid, and then had the chance to share the locker room and talk with him. […] I told him: ”No matter what, you are the best ever in my eyes”.
“Tom Brady can’t win you a game anymore
New England Patriots player from 2000 to 2019, then Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 2020, “TB12” announced his retirement from sport last February, before backtracking six weeks later. “Over the past two months, I have realized that my place is always on the pitch and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now.” he said on Twitter.
At 45, the quarterback is coming off an average season, well below his usual standards. Something to ask about the rest of his career. “The NFL has become more athletic than ever. I know people are scared to say it, but Tom Brady can’t win you a game anymore.” commented Marcus Spears (39), former player turned columnist for ESPN, after last night’s game.
35 million euros per year await him if he decides to become a consultant
Divorced from Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen (42) last October, who wanted him to end his career, Tom Brady is now alone with his destiny. In the United States, rumors see him continuing the adventure for another year, why not with the Las Vegas Raiders. “He could find many of his old friends there, including coach Josh McDaniels, with whom he won six Super Bowls in New England,” explains Ian Rapoport, journalist and presenter on the NFL Network channel.
The Miami Dolphins, who are not convinced by their current quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (24), would also be interested. The future of Tom Brady is assured whatever happens, even if he decides to hang up his crampons. The American legend signed last May for ten years and 375 million dollars (348 million euros) with the Fox Sports channel, of which he will become the main consultant for the NFL after his retirement from sport.