The Tom Brady era is officially over.
While multiple journalists broke the news on Saturday, Brady made his announcement on Tuesday morning in an Instagram post. He finished his career with seven Super Bowls, which are the most championships won by a single player.
“This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore. I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention,” Brady said. “I’ve done a lot of reflecting the past week and have asked myself difficult questions.
“And I am so proud of what we have achieved. My teammates, coaches, fellow competitors, and fans deserve 100% of me, but right now, it’s best I leave the field of play to the next generation of dedicated and committed athletes.”
Brady holds NFL records for career touchdown passes (624) and career passing yards (84,250) during his 22 seasons on the field. He also made the Pro Bowl 15 times, which is another NFL record.
His announcement leaves Tampa Bay without a sure-fire quarterback option heading into the 2022 season. The default option is former Florida quarterback Kyle Trask, who was selected at pick No. 64 in last year’s draft.
Offshore sportsbook BetOnline released odds for the Buccaneers’ next quarterback on Tuesday afternoon. Trask is currently the +400 ‘chalk,’ but there are five other signal callers priced inside of 10/1.
One name that will be floating around the headlines for the ensuing months is San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. He came up just short against Los Angeles in the NFC Championship Game, leaving the 49ers in limbo heading into the offseason. Garoppolo was expected to be replaced by rookie Trey Lance this season, but Jimmy G held the job down the stretch.
Oddsmakers do not expect Garoppolo to be the guy in San Francisco next season, as offshore sportsbook Bovada has Lance at -2000 to be the Week 1 starter. BetOnline lists Garoppolo at +450 for the Tampa Bay job, putting him just ahead of Carson Wentz (+550), Aaron Rodgers (+750) and Teddy Bridgewater (+750).
Bovada has Pittsburgh as the +325 ‘chalk’ for Jimmy G’s next job, followed by Washington (+450) and Tampa Bay (+600).
As for the future of Tampa Bay, head coach Bruce Arians is -500 to be the coach next season. Bovada expects tight end Rob Gronkowski to hang up his cleats as well, pricing him at -500 to retire this offseason. If he does return, Tampa Bay is +350 to retain him, while ‘any other team’ is priced at +550.
While Brady might be out of the league now, BetOnline did find a way to create a prop regarding his future. His ‘next appearance in 2022’ includes The Match (golf competition) at +125, a Manning Cast guest at +150, a College GameDay guest at +300 and an NFL game TV analyst at +325.
Bovada has Brady at +500/-900 to be the head coach of an NFL team before the 2026/27 season.