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Return of Tom Brady – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The goat is back.

After all the speculation, it turns out that Tom Brady isn’t officially retired.

Less than two months after announcing his retirement from the National Football League, the QB announced on his Twitter account Sunday night that he has unfinished business and is coming back to Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his 23rd season in the NFL.

Brady said he spent the past six weeks reflecting on his decision and realized he still had a place on the pitch.

“Over the past two months I’ve come to realize that my place is always on the pitch and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now,” Brady wrote.

Brady thanked his teammates and family for making the decision a reality, noting he had unfinished business and was ready to go.

“I love my teammates and I love my family who support me. They make it all possible,” he said. “I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. LFG unfinished business.”

The Buccaneers were quick to post their own tweet with Brady’s signature linelater sharing Brady’s tweet announcing his return, writing, “Tampa Tom is BACK.”

And the NFL followed up, writing, “He’s back.”

Brady announced he was leaving the league on February 1 to pursue other projects, said at the time he was no longer ready to commit 100% to the competition.

But many found it hard to believe he was officially retired, stepping away from the game while still playing at the top of the league. While the Bucs were knocked out of the NFC Divisional Playoffs by eventual Super Bowl winners the Los Angeles Rams, he had just helped Tampa win Super Bowl LV the previous year and led the league in the passing yards and passing touchdowns at 44.

Now that Brady has announced he will be officially returning, speculation will no doubt turn to where he will play in the fall. Some believed the Bay Area native wanted to join the 49ers in his hometown of San Francisco, especially after reports surfaced in recent weeks that Brady’s relationship with Bucs head coach Bruce Arians had soured — something Arians emphatically denied.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said on Sunday it’s “total excitement” for the Arians now that Brady returns under Tampa’s center, noting the Bucs have always left the light on for the QB while looking at other options for next season.

With Brady under contract in Tampa for the 2022 season, what does that mean for the other Bucs players whose future was on the line, namely Rob Gronkowski?

The news comes at a particularly critical time for the Buccaneers organization, just before free agency. The team has yet to make a decision on free agents like Leonard Fournette, Gio Bernard, who went to Tampa to play with Brady, and center Ryan Jensen. The team placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Chris Godwin before Tuesday’s deadline.

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