Tom Brady
TAMPA, FLORIDA - JANUARY 16: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers speaks to the media after losing to the Dallas Cowboys 31-14 in the NFC Wild Card playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 16, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Tom Brady hints he wont be returning to Tampa

Tom Brady said Monday he’ll take things “one day at a time” before deciding whether he plans to continue his NFL career.

But in a brief address to media in Tampa following the game, Brady sounded like he won’t be returning to the Buccaneers organization regardless.

“I just want to say ‘Thank you, guys’ for all your effort … thank you everybody for welcoming me (to the organization),” a reflective Brady said of his three years in Tampa.  “Just very grateful for the respect (from the press pool) and I hope I gave the same thing back.”

Brady’s tenure as a Buccaneer included a Super Bowl run but the aging team wasnt able to recapture that in 2022, struggling to overcome injuries — particularly to the offensive line.

The team made the playoffs despite an 8-9 record.

Brady, 45, has said he’ll take time to ponder his NFL future.  He’ll be a free agent in March.

He made it clear, however, that his time with Tampa Bay has been special.

“I love this organization,” he said.