Like He Never Left…

March 15, 2022 Like He Never Left…

By: Carlos Alvarez

Tom Brady is Coming Back (Already), Plus NFL Free Agency News

Welp, that didn’t take long. After the Tom Brady retirement circus shook the sports world two months ago — Did he retire, or not? — it turns out TB12 isn’t finished. The NFL legend needed just over 50 days away from the sport to realize he can’t walk away, at least not yet. Brady announced Sunday night that he’s returning to the Buccaneers for his 23rd season. He led the league in passing yards (5,316), touchdowns (43) and completions (485) last year before the Bucs fell two games short of the Super Bowl.


The announcement came on the eve of NFL free agency, which allows Tampa Bay to plan appropriately for the 2022 campaign. There’s no confirmation that it will be Brady’s official “farewell” season, but time will tell. Or it won’t. Time hasn’t really been able to thwart Tom like a normal athlete, so let’s run it back.


NFL Free Agency (Notable Moves)


Jaguars Acquisitions

G Brandon Scherff (TBD)

WR Christian Kirk (4 Years, $72 Million)

TE Evan Engram (1 Year, $9 Million)


Jets Acquisitions

G Laken Tomlinson (3 Years, $40 Million)

TE C.J. Uzomah (3 Years, $24 Million)


CB J.C. Jackson  Chargers

Contract: 5 Years, $82.5 Million


DE Emmanuel Ogbah  Dolphins

Contract: 4 Years, $65 Million


LB De’Vondre Campbell  Packers

Contract: 5 Years, $50 Million


LB Haason Reddick  Eagles

Contract: 3 Years, $45 Million


S Quandre Diggs Seahawks

Contract: 3 Years, $40 Million


QB Mitch Trubisky  Steelers

Contract: 2 Years, TBD


Full NFL Free Agency Tracker


Additional Storylines

CBS Sports: Winners & Losers After Tom Brady Makes Shocking Decision

ESPN: Las Vegas Sportsbooks Saw Unexpected Big Bets on Tampa Bay to Win Super Bowl Ahead of Tom Brady Announcement


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