Bruce Arians looking at potential Bucs future without Tom Brady

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians isn’t setting a decision deadline for Tom Brady.

With the 44-year-old quarterback now pondering what’s next after his 22nd NFL season came to an end Sunday in a divisional round loss to the Rams, Arians said Monday the team is going to give Brady “all the time he needs,” according to ESPN.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers will look at “contingency plans,” with Arians said to be “comfortable” with the other quarterbacks on the depth chart, which includes journeyman Blaine Gabbert and rookie Kyle Trask.

Following Sunday’s loss, Brady was asked about his future, with the seven-time Super Bowl champion telling reporters, “I haven’t put a lot of thought into it so, I’ll just take it day by day and see where we’re at.”

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said the team will give Tom Brady “all the time he needs” to make a decision about the future.
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Although Brady previously expressed that he’d like to play until the age of 45, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Monday on WEEI that this may be the first offseason the quarterback actually considers retirement.

“Tom Brady very well may come to the decision that he will play again. But, I think this is the first time that I think it’s even really a real decision about whether he might not play again,” Schefter said, according to USA Today.

Brady walks off the field after Sunday's playoff loss to the Rams.
Brady walks off the field after Sunday’s playoff loss to the Rams.
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“Tom Brady’s a smart guy, when he says I haven’t thought about it and there will be time to think about it, of course, he’s thought about it. He just doesn’t want to talk about it right now, and that’s fair. He deserves that right,” Schefter later added.

Brady, just one season removed from a Super Bowl title, threw for 329 yards on Sunday with one touchdown and an interception. Although he led the Buccaneers back from a 27-3 deficit, Matt Gay’s 30-yard field goal as time expired sealed the game for the Rams.

Tom Brady looks to throw the ball in Sunday's NFC Divisional Round game against the Rams.
Brady looks to throw the ball in Sunday’s NFC Divisional Round game against the Rams.
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Brady signed a one-year extension with the Buccaneers in March 2021 that runs through the 2022 season.