New England Patriots

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 26: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on during the first half of the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 26, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Sunday afternoon Tom Brady will look to reach his 15th career conference championship game. The question is, will it be his last? Multiple reports Sunday morning indicated Brady, 44, may be considering retiring from the NFL after 22 seasons.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network stated Sunday morning that “according to a source close to Brady, the public chatter about Brady’s potential retirement at age 44 is, at least, an issue to be concerned about and paid attention to. And no one has swatted it down.” In the tweet linking to the story, Rapoport noted “Tom Brady’s future is up in the air.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter added, “Sources with the Bucs and close to Brady all recognize the star quarterback remains noncommittal to playing beyond this season. Although Brady could decide to play again — he has talked about playing until he was 45, and even beyond — it is far from a given, sources told ESPN.”

According to Schefter, Brady plans to take “a month or longer” after the season to assess his situation before ultimately making a decision. Rapoport added he’s been told Brady wants to “let [the emotions] pass” before choosing whether or not to play another season. Brady is currently under contract through the end of next season, and is due to make just over $10.3 million in 2022.

Whatever the future holds, Brady can guarantee at least one more game with a win on Sunday, when his Buccaneers host the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL’s Division Round. That game kicks off at 3 p.m. on NBC.

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