As Tom Brady mulls his future playing career, there’s been a shadow of doubt cast on whether that’ll continue in Tampa Bay.
Coming off an 8-9 season with the Buccaneers, which included a 31-14 Wild Card Round loss to the Dallas Cowboys this past Monday, Brady’s tenure with Tampa Bay may be in limbo. This week, the Buccaneers elected to fire offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, while also parting ways with several offensive assistant coaches in the process.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport of NFL Network offered a substantial update on Brady’s plans for the immediate future and how that pertains to his playing days in Tampa Bay.
“Tom Brady plans to take some time away from football, step back, spend some time with his kids and really consider his options,” Rapoport said on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay on Saturday. “His goal is to not make a decision immediately, come out of this with a clear head.”
Though, Rapoport said that it’s his understanding after talking with some of Brady’s teammates, that they came away thinking as if the future Hall of Famer was leaving Tampa Bay for good. Brady left an impression that he was saying goodbye, and if that’s the case, he has the option to either retire for the second consecutive offseason or play for another team.