Buccaneers QB Tom Brady announces 'I'm coming back' for 23rd season 'in Tampa'

Well, that didn’t last long.

Roughly two months after announcing his retirement, quarterback Tom Brady announced Sunday he will return to play for his 23rd season and do so “in Tampa.”

These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFG pic.twitter.com/U0yhRKVKVm

Days after Brady’s retirement plans were reported, the longtime Patriots and Bucs QB announced his retirement via social media on Feb. 1. But doubt over how long Brady would actually stay away from the field began almost immediately.

Brady’s retirement ended up lasting all of 40 days — though it was never official as it never came across the league transaction wire. He remains under contract with Tampa Bay, “but it’s a placeholder year worth about $10.4 million,” NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. Pelissero added it makes sense for the Bucs to repeat what they did ahead of the 2021 season and add a year to Brady’s contract in which he would be paid among the NFL’s top quarterbacks.

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The Buccaneers left the door open for a Brady return and now return to their post as NFC South favorites and Super Bowl contenders after they won a Super Bowl in 2020 and won the division in 2021 with Brady at the helm.

“Total excitement,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians texted NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport Sunday.

The potential for a Brady return was also the reason the Bucs never offered the Houston Texans a trade for quarterback Deshaun Watson, Rapoport reported.

The timing of Brady coming back could also bode well for other Bucs returning to the fold, such as free agent Rob Gronkowski and Leonard Fournette.

Brady’s NFL career is considered the greatest of all time, hence his G.O.A.T. nickname. He’s won seven Super Bowls — six in New England and one in Tampa Bay — and concluded the 2022 campaign as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards (84,520) and touchdowns (43), atop a seemingly never-ending list of records.

At 44, Brady led the NFL in 2021 with 5,316 yards passing and 43 touchdown passes — each of them also franchise records — as he became the oldest player in league history to ever winning a passing title. Now, he’ll hit the 2022 campaign at 45 years old with his birthday on Aug. 3.

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