Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Gisele Bundchen , wife of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (not pictured) celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Gisele Bundchen wants Tom Brady to be ‘more present’

Gisele Bundchen shed light on her relationship with Tampa Bay Buccaneers star quarterback Tom Brady during an interview with Elle magazine.

The interview was conducted before Brady left the Bucs last month on a mysterious 11-day absence from training camp.

“Obviously, I have my concerns — this is a very violent sport, and I have my children and I would like him to be more present,” Bundchen said in the article published Tuesday. “I have definitely had those conversations with him over and over again. But ultimately, I feel that everybody has to make a decision that works for (them). He needs to follow his joy, too.”

Bundchen, 42, declined to comment on reports of a potential rift with Brady when the magazine followed up with her this month.

She did note, however, that her depiction as being “desperate” for Brady to retire is “sexist.”

Bundchen also admitted she is figuring out the next step in her life.

“I feel very fulfilled in that way, as a mother and as a wife,” she said. “And now it’s going to be my turn.”

Brady, 45, retired after the 2021 season, then changed his mind just 18 days later. A father of three, he said family time has taken a back seat to the NFL.

“I haven’t had a Christmas in 23 years and I haven’t had a Thanksgiving in 23 years,” Brady said on the “Let’s Go!” podcast. “I haven’t celebrated birthdays with people that I care about that are, you know, born from August to late January. And you know, I’m not able to be at funerals and I’m not able to be at weddings.

“I think there comes a point in your life where you say, ‘You know what? I had my fill and it’s enough and time to go on, to move into other parts of life.’”

Brady led the Buccaneers to a 19-3 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. He completed 18 of 27 passes for 212 yards with a touchdown and interception.

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Tom Brady envisioning life after football

Tom Brady said he’s probably feeling more emotional about this season than any of the previous 22 seasons of his storied career.

“I’m feeling more than things in the past for some reason,” Brady said on the “Let’s Go!” podcast. “You know, I’m just really feeling intensely my emotions. And I feel like I always have that, but I think when you get close to the end …”

Brady, 45, retired after the 2021 season, then changed his mind just 18 days later, deciding to return as quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A father of three, he said family time has taken a back seat to the NFL.

“I haven’t had a Christmas in 23 years and I haven’t had a Thanksgiving in 23 years,” Brady said. “I haven’t celebrated birthdays with people that I care about that are, you know, born from August to late January. And you know, I’m not able to be at funerals and I’m not able to be at weddings.

“I think there comes a point in your life where you say, ‘You know what? I had my fill and it’s enough and time to go on, to move into other parts of life.’”

Whenever Brady transitions to that next stage, he has a job waiting for him: analyst on FOX Sports’ No. 1 football broadcast team. The seven-time Super Bowl champion signed a reported 10-year, $375 million deal with the network that will kick in when he retires.

Brady led the Buccaneers to a 19-3 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. He completed 18 of 27 passes for 212 yards with a touchdown and interception.

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Bucs’ offensive line under scrutiny ahead of opener vs. Cowboys

Asking a pieced-together offensive line to protect the NFL’s oldest player feels like a recipe for disaster.

Instead of considering another retirement, quarterback Tom Brady said he expects “great things” from his blockers as his Tampa Bay Buccaneers open the season Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.

“I expect them to go out there and they got a lot of pride, they wanna work hard,” the 45-year-old QB said. “They wanna do the right thing. They’re well-coached.”

The Buccaneers lost center Ryan Jensen to a knee injury in training camp, while left guard Ali Marpet unexpectedly retired and right guard Alex Cappa signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in free agency.

Shaq Mason, Brady’s former teammate with the Patriots, is the new right guard. Rookie second-round pick Luke Goedeke is at left guard and 2021 third-rounder Robert Hainsey will be making his first NFL start at center, while right tackle Tristan Wirfs and left tackle Donovan Smith return from last season.

Wirfs (abdomen) was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice along with safety Logan Ryan (hamstring), wide receiver Russell Gage (hamstring) and running back Giovani Bernard (ankle). Cornerback Zyon McCollum (hamstring) did not practice, while wideout Chris Godwin (knee) fully participated.

Brady, who is entering his 23rd season, said he hopes all the negative press about his offensive line will motivate the unit.

“I hope they take it to heart all the things that people have said about them, which is not always the most flattering things,” Brady said. “But they gotta go out there and they gotta, again, like all of us, we gotta go out there and earn it and prove people right or prove them wrong.”

Brady is 6-0 in his career against Cowboys, including the Thursday night season opener last year in Tampa. He led the Bucs to a 31-29 win and went on to lead the NFL with a career-high 5,316 yards and 43 touchdown passes.

Last season’s meeting was an air war as Brady finished 32 of 50 for 379 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, while Dallas’ Dak Prescott completed 42 of 58 throws for 403 yards with three scores and one interception. Ryan Succop capped Brady’s game-winning drive by hitting a 36-yard field goal with two seconds left.

Entering his seventh season, Prescott said he savors the challenge of another prime-time clash against an all-time great.

“It’s awesome,” Prescott said. “You definitely have to embrace it — a guy whose resume speaks for itself. Shows up at his age and is still better than most to do this — the greatest to do this, honestly. In the moment to play him, to understand what that team’s gonna bring with him as the leader and him on the other side, (I’m) just ready for that matchup.”

Prescott finished last season with 4,449 passing yards and a franchise-record 37 touchdown passes.

Prescott’s offensive line has also come under some scrutiny due to a torn hamstring sustained by eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith. Rookie first-round pick Tyler Smith moved to left tackle after spending most of training camp at left guard. Dallas signed a 40-year-old insurance policy, nine-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters, to the practice squad.

Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis (hamstring) and wide receiver Michael Gallup (knee) were limited participants in Wednesday’s practice. Defensive back Kelvin Joseph returned to practice after exiting concussion protocol.

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Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) waits in the tunnel before playing the Los Angeles Rams during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady will start Bucs’ preseason finale vs. Colts

Tom Brady will start the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ final preseason game against the host Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, coach Todd Bowles said Thursday.

“Anyone’s that healthy will play,” Bowles said.

Brady is healthy after returning to the team earlier this week following an 11-day absence due to personal reasons. The three-time NFL MVP and 15-time Pro Bowl selection likely won’t play long for the Bucs, who are adjusting to numerous moving parts due to injuries during this preseason.

“It’s important for game continuity,” Bowles said. “We have some new guys on the O-line. We have some new guys at receiver. Other than having practice together, we need to see them in a game and certain situations and just to flow of it no matter how long it is. We just need to see.”

Per Bowles, rookie Luke Goedeke will start at left guard on Saturday. The second-round pick is competing for a starting role after guard Aaron Stinnie sustained a season-ending knee injury.

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Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) waits in the tunnel before playing the Los Angeles Rams during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers QB Tom Brady returns to training camp

Tom Brady returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ training facility Monday and was expected to practice for the first time since leaving the club for personal reasons on Aug. 11, per multiple reports.

Coach Todd Bowles confirmed Sunday that the veteran quarterback would be rejoining the team this week.

Bowles also said he was not sure whether Brady would play in the Bucs’ preseason finale Saturday at Indianapolis.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion has been absent from training camp since being excused from practice on Aug. 11. At the time, Bowles said Brady would be away for personal reasons until “sometime after” Tampa Bay’s second preseason game.

The Buccaneers open the regular season on Sept. 11 on the road against the Dallas Cowboys.

Brady, who turned 45 earlier this month, led the NFL with 5,316 passing yards and 43 touchdown passes in 2021.

The three-time MVP and 15-time Pro Bowl selection is the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown passes and passing yards, attempts and completions.

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Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams in a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Todd Bowles on Tom Brady’s return: ‘No definitive date’

There is “no definitive date” for quarterback Tom Brady’s return to the Buccaneers, head coach Todd Bowles said Thursday.

Brady has been absent from training camp since being excused from practice on Aug. 11.

At the time, Bowles said Brady would be away for personal reasons until “sometime after” Tampa Bay’s second preseason game this Saturday night at the Tennessee Titans.

Bowles declined to provide a firm timeline on Thursday.

“We’ll see. We’ll talk about it next week,” Bowles told reporters. “Not concerned about it right now. We’re trying to practice against Tennessee and play a game. I said ‘sometime after Tennessee.’ There’s no definitive date for me. But we’ll check on it, we’ll keep in touch and we’ll find out.”

Bowles said he has stayed in contact with Brady and that he remains confident that the seven-time Super Bowl champion will be under center for the Sept. 11 season opener on the road against the Dallas Cowboys.

Brady, who turned 45 earlier this month, led the NFL with 5,316 passing yards and 43 touchdown passes in 2021.

The three-time MVP and 15-time Pro Bowl selection is the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown passes and passing yards, attempts and completions.

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Jul 28, 2022; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks on during training camp at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs QB Tom Brady (personal) excused for a few days

Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady was excused from Thursday’s practice and plans to be away through the weekend for personal reasons.

Brady, who took a veteran day last week to celebrate his 45th birthday and also was excused last Friday, has practiced in just three of the team’s last six.

Brady won’t play in the Bucs’ first preseason game on Saturday against Miami. With no practices either Friday or Sunday, it’ll be Monday before Brady rejoins the team, per The Athletic.

The team is on board with Brady’s absences, per NFL Network.

Bucs coach Todd Bowles is expected to address Brady’s situation later Thursday.

Last week Bowles said, “We’ll let him do what he needs to do.”

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Bucs QB Tom Brady excused from practice

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was excused from practice on Friday for personal reasons.

Brady also had an excused absence on Wednesday — his 45th birthday — and the players had a day off on Thursday.

“We’ll let him do what he needs to do,” head coach Todd Bowles said of Brady. “If he’s back (Saturday), that’s great, but we’ll keep in touch and we’ll monitor that.”

Bowles confirmed Wednesday that Brady would not play in the Buccaneers’ preseason opener against the Dolphins on Aug. 13.

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Aug 1, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, US; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) watches from the field during training camp at Baptist Health Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa believes Dolphins want him, not Tom Brady

Turf wars are nothing new in the NFL, but joint practices between the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers could get interesting next week.

Especially for the quarterbacks.

Tua Tagovailoa is the starter for the Dolphins, who were just docked a first-round draft pick in 2023 and a 2024 third-rounder for tampering. The subject of the team’s against-the-rules attraction was Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.

An investigation led by former U.S. attorney Mary Jo White on behalf of the NFL found Dolphins owner Stephen Ross had “impermissible communications” with Brady in 2019-20 when he was with the Patriots. The team was guilty of the same after the 2021 season as Brady, under contract with the Buccaneers, plotted retirement and a reported union with Sean Payton in Miami.

The Dolphins drafted Tagovailoa fifth overall in 2020.

“I would say everyone heard about it yesterday when we went into the locker room, seen it on the TV,” Tagovailoa, 24, said. “For me, I have no idea about all the details other than what was shown on TV with the $1.5 million fine and then something happening with Brady. I mean, I don’t know all the details. I don’t even know what happened. But I got to talk to a couple of the guys to kind of find out what was going on, and everyone’s wondering the same thing. So not too sure.”

It’s not the first public indication the highest of higher-ups of the Dolphins were chasing a quarterback to replace Tagovailoa. Former head coach Brian Flores said management — and specifically Ross — wanted to acquire Deshaun Watson before the NFL trade deadline in October 2021.

“I remember I came in in 2020, so whatever happened in 2019, I can’t even speak on that. I was here in 2020, and I’m still here, and I’m blessed to be here,” Tagovailoa said. “If it has to do with support from the team, I think the team’s all-in with me and all the guys that we have now.”

In 21 games as a starter with the Dolphins, Tagovailoa is 13-8 and has completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 4,467 yards with 27 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

The Buccaneers and Brady, who was not available Wednesday because of a scheduled off day to celebrate his 45th birthday, are sharing the practice field with the Dolphins over multiple days next week.

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Jun 9, 2022; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) participates in mandatory mini camp at AdventHealth Training Center Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady: Retirement date not set, but much awaits in future

Tom Brady has unfinished business on the football field — he’s entering his 23rd season as an NFL quarterback — before he devotes himself to the businesses he’s created for the next stage of his life.

In a wide-ranging interview with Variety posted Thursday, Brady discussed his future as an analyst with Fox Sports and owner of a production, athletic-wear and NFT companies without committing to when he’ll end his storied career.

After a retirement that lasted just 40 days, he wants to be more sure next time.

“I would say it’s year to year: Could this be my last year? Absolutely,” said Brady, who will turn 45 before the start of the 2022 season. “Could I change my mind? Absolutely. I’ve realized I don’t have five years left. I want to do it my way. I want to give it everything I got and see where I’m at. My body feels really good.”

In the meantime, he is Fox Sports’ lead analyst in waiting. Former NFL tight end Greg Olsen will keep the seat warm for him until Brady is ready to fulfill the terms of a 10-year, $375 million deal.

He conceded that he is “very close to the end” of his NFL career but hasn’t told the bosses at Fox when he’ll be joining them. He doesn’t plan on that coming in 2022, however, even if the Buccaneers are eliminated from the playoffs. He’s giving his current gig his all this year without thinking of stepping into the next one, he said.

He does know the type of analyst he will be, however.

“I’m there to support. I’m there to inform,” he said. “I have a great knowledge of the game. And I also have very high expectations of what players and coaches should do in the field. I’ll have no problem being critical of things that I disagree with, and I’ll have no problem praising things that are exceptional.”

When he eventually does retire, however, he’ll have his athleisure line called Brady, his TB12 fitness company, his 199 Productions content company and more waiting for him, too. Plus, he wants to spend more time with his wife, Gisele Bundchen, and three children in the home they are building in Miami.

“Most guys’ careers end before the age of 30, and I’ve been really lucky that I’ve had this career that I’ve loved to do for two-plus decades,” he said. “Cultivating experiences that are outside my main thing, which is my sport, has always been something that I’ve been preparing for. I’ve been planning for not playing football, and football’s just continued to go. So I know that I’m at the very, very end of my career. It’s not like I have 10 years left. When I’m done, I’ll be able to transition to things that are already up and running.”

–Field Level Media