According to a report from Jason LaCanfora, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has already made his decision on whether or not he will return to the football field in 2022.
LaCanfora is reporting that those close to Brady believe he is preparing to retire from the NFL and that a formal announcement is “expected shortly.”
From CBS Sports:
Several sources who are within Brady's inner circle anticipate that he will most likely reveal his future plans in the coming days. Brady is a historian of the game, he understands what it takes for players and teams to reach this point in the season, and would not want to upstage the game itself in any way.
“He is very respectful of the game, and has great respect for the Tampa organization and all they have done for him,” said one source close to the quarterback. “He understands the ramifications that this decision would have on the team moving forward, and he would never want to do anything to upstage the playoffs. Whatever he decides, I'd expect he announces it soon.”
Brady has said before that he wants to play until he is at least 45, but following the Buccaneers' loss to the Rams, he noted that he has to do what is best for his family.