Tom Brady on the field pregame for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dec 5, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up before Monday Night game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, Tom Brady initially decided to retire from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the NFL before ultimately deciding to return for one more season. But after Brady announced his retirement from the league once again this month, it sounds like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers expect him to stay retired this time – but they acknowledge there’s still a chance he returns.

On Tuesday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht was asked if he thinks Tom Brady is retired for good this time.

“Pretty much, yeah,” Licht said after a long pause and a chuckle according to Pro Football Talk. “I said I’d leave a desk lamp on. Before [Brady’s return] last year, I said I’d leave the light on. Maybe it’s a flashlight [this year]. I don’t know.”

After coming back from his retirement last year, Brady made it clear that when he retired a second time, he would be retiring for good. And now that he’s retired, Licht thinks Brady is happy with that decision.

“I think he’s gotten his mind set [about retirement],” Licht said. “I think he’s happy with his decision and we’re happy for him.”

There’s still a chance things change, but it’s pretty clear what people expect.

[Pro Football Talk]