Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to host the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night in what is the final game of Super Wild Card Weekend. And while it’s a very winnable game for the 8-9 Buccaneers, ESPN’s Stephen A.Smith believes the seven-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback will call it a career at season’s end, whenever that may be.
During a segment on ESPNs “First Take,” Smith had this to say about the former Michigan Wolverines star who’s in his 23rd NFL season.
“I don’t think they’re going to the Super Bowl this year, and I think he’s going to retire after this year. I think that this year has been a very humbling experience for him because there are so many things out of his control.
“To go through the year that he’s going through, it’s not an indictment against him. He’s had a lot of things going on both personally and professionally.”
Smith even took it a step farther, calling this playoff run his final act in an illustrious soon-to-be first-ballot Hall of Famer career.
“This is his swan song, this is the last time. I think he’s going to retire after this season, and they’re not going to the Super Bowl, because I don’t believe they’re getting past San Francisco or Philadelphia.”
It’s been a trying year for Brady, who retired for 44 days following the Buccaneers’ divisional playoff loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams. Brady returned against the wishes of then-wife model Gisele Bundchen. The return reportedly caught her by surprise, and things got so ugly that they ended their marriage of 13 years in October.
Brady Has Shown No Signs Of Hanging Up The Cleats
Stephen A’s prediction is definitely a hot take, and while he may be onto something, Brady has shown no signs that he’s gonna retire at season’s end. In fact, he’s been linked to other NFL teams, meaning a move away from the Bucs, whom he joined as a free agent in 2020, could be in the cards.
Where Could He Go If He Leaves Tampa And Doesn’t Retire?
One place many could see Brady possibly going is the Las Vegas Raiders, to rejoin Josh McDaniels his former offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots. The Raiders and longtime quarterback Derek Carr came to an agreement that the relationship had run its course a few weeks, and the team will look to trade him by Feb. 15. If not, they’ll release the nine-year veteran.
#Bucs S Logan Ryan talks about being in the playoffs and having QB Tom Brady on his team for the big games:
“I don’t think there’s any other quarterback in the league I’d want on my side than Tom Brady.” pic.twitter.com/YdyAPOpra3
— PewterReport (@PewterReport) January 12, 2023
Brady to Vegas works because they have the game’s best receiver in Davante Adams, and need to get him someone that he can trust to get him the football.
Brady Looks To Add To Playoff Records
Monday will be Brady’s NFL-record 49th playoff game and 48th as a starter. He boasts a record of 35-12.
Playoff records of NFC QBs
Tom Brady 35-12
Kirk Cousins 1-2
Dak Prescott 1-3
Jalen Hurts 0-1
Brock Purdy 0-0
Daniel Jones 0-0
Geno Smith 0-0 pic.twitter.com/xLoWumvLbB
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) January 13, 2023
His 35 playoff wins are 19 more than Joe Montana’s 16, who’s second all time. He has 21 more wins than Terry Bradshaw, Peyton Manning and John Elway, who are tied for third with 14.
Brady’s 86 career postseason touchdown passes are 41 more than second-place holders Aaron Rodgers and Joe Montana’s 45.
Point blank, if there’s a passing record in the regular season or postseason, Brady probably owns it, and in Stephen A’s opinion this is where it ends, whenever it ends.
We shall see.