The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and quarterback Tom Brady have been at the top of the news cycle since his return. The rumors and speculation about whether or not this is Brady’s last season has fueled conspiracy theories ad nauseam.
So it’s no surprise that ESPN’s “Get Up” was talking Brady/Bucs. ESPN insider Jeff Darlington and Rob Ninkovich were on Wednesday’s show hosted by Mike Greenburg. As Greenberg said, Darlington has solid roots into the Brady camp, so his reports are definitely worth noting. Darlington, “I would say that this is his final season.”
Former Brady teammate and and good friend of Rob Gronkowski, Rob Ninkovich added the following.
“I have the feeling this could be his last season. He doesn’t want every game like, ‘This is his last home game. This is his last away game.’ He doesn’t want that, the last touchdown pass. He just wants to go out there and perform at a high level and help his team win.”
“No We Haven’t Had Those Discussions”
Earlier this week Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht was asked about if he’d had any conversation with a contract extension for Brady. Licht’s response “no we haven’t had those discussions”.
Brady recently spoke with Tom VanHaaren of ESPN.com who asked Brady about his decision to return.
“At the end of the day, I just love the competition on the field. And last year was a very bitter ending to a season and we’ve got to make a lot of corrections to try to improve and put ourselves in a better position to succeed moving forward.”
He went on to say he had no doubts that he can still handle the physical requirements to play at this level.
“I knew my body, physically, could still do what it could do and obviously I have a love for the game, I think I’ll always have a love for the game”. Brady went on to say.. “I do think physically I’ll be able to do it. I just felt like there was still a place for me on the field.”
It’s been reported that Brady would not want a farewell-tour, so the lack of an extension would line up with that. But, of course, speculation will always rule the day.
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