When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs on Monday night, there’s a chance it’s the last game in the storied career of legendary quarterback Tom Brady – or at least his last game with the Buccaneers as his contract with the team ends after this season.
Even if Brady does return to the NFL next season, there’s a very good chance he signs with another team like the Raiders, the New England Patriots, or even teaming up with Sean Payton somewhere else entirely, as has been rumored.
But even though every game could be his last with Tom Brady, Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles isn’t thinking about that heading into Monday night’s game.
“I didn’t think about that in 2020, I didn’t think about that in 2021 and I’m not thinking about that this year,” Bowles told reporters on Wednesday. “I’m trying to stay focused – we’re trying to stay focused and make the main thing the main thing. Right now, we have a really good football team that we’ve got to play Monday night that we’ve got to get ready for. We’ll worry about that when we need to worry about that – right now, we need to worry about the Cowboys. It’s a good football team that we’re about to play [so] we’ve got to get ready.”
Heading into this season, it was expected to be Brady’s last. However, all options are still on the table and Brady could still return to the NFL next season whether it’s with the Buccaneers or another NFL team.