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NFL: Brady's agent puts brakes on retirement talk

Tom Brady has not commented on rumours he is set to announce his retirement, with some reports suggesting he has told the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he has not made up his mind.

Brady's quest for an eighth Super Bowl ring ended last weekend when a last-gasp field goal sent the Los Angeles Rams, who are 2/1 to go all the way, through at the Bucs' expense.

Outpouring of affection

Tributes to the 44-year-old and his stellar career poured in on Saturday after ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington first broke the story of Brady's impending retirement.

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Confirmation of sorts appeared to come when the legendary quarterback's company TB12sports tweeted to thank the star for his career, honouring some of his most notable achievements.

But some may have jumped the gun with Brady's agent later pumping the brakes on any speculation over the Buccaneers QB's plans while the tweet from the TB12 account was hastily deleted.

Family priority

According to US media reports, Tampa Bay had asked Brady to stay on for one more season, but he wants to spend more time with his wife and three children.

He signed for the Buccaneers in March 2020, winning his seventh Super Bowl at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium last February.

He has previously stated he wants to still be playing at the age of 45 with his next birthday due to fall during pre-season for the 2022 campaign.

But Brady knows the Buccaneers will need an answer long before then as they must address the quarterback situation during the draft or, most probably, in free agency.

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