Overall, Tom Brady was retired for less than six weeks. According to NBC Sports' Chris Simms, a phone call from the Bucs was the driving force behind Brady officially coming back.
In a recent appearance on the "God Bless Football" podcast, Simms discussed Brady's offseason, including the Miami Dolphins' reported pursuit of the seven-time Super Bowl winner. Simms said it was legit, with Miami even going as far as to offer a second-round pick to Tampa Bay.
When the Miami scenario fell through, the Bucs, armed with the knowledge that Brady wanted to come back, called up the legendary signal caller and tried to put the squeeze on him to return to Tampa.
“Tampa Bay called Brady, from what I know, and was basically like, ‘Hey, we’re going to start flirting with some of these quarterbacks that are out here.’ Deshaun Watson, they were going to get serious about all those conversations,” Simms said. “That’s when Brady was like, ‘Alright, I guess I have to make a decision here. I don’t really have any other options, I’m going to come back to you guys.’ And here we are now.”
Obviously, Tampa Bay's play worked. Brady is back with the Bucs for at least the 2022 season.
“No, we haven’t had those discussions,” Bucs GM Jason Licht said recently about Brady potentially playing beyond this year. “Only discussions that we’ve had with Tom is when he came back and we’re excited about this year and to get going.”