Tom Brady talks with owner Robert Kraft before a preseason game in August 2019.

Patriots plot 1-day contract, proper Tom Brady sendoff

Patriots owner Robert Kraft will make one final NFL contract offer to Tom Brady.

Kraft said in a CNN interview on Thursday he wants Brady to sign a one-day deal with New England to formally retire as a member of the organization he led to six Super Bowl titles in nine appearances with the franchise.

“Not only do I want it, our fans are clamoring for it and to us, he always has been and always will be a Patriot,” said Kraft, who congratulated Brady on his second retirement from the NFL on Wednesday. “We’ll do everything we can in our power to bring him back, sign off as a Patriot and find ways to honor him for many years to come. He did so much to bring life and good cheer to our community and he’s a beloved figure and he’s earned the respect and love that people feel for him like no other athlete in our town and we’ve had some great ones.”

Brady retired in a brief video in self-deprecating fashion, referencing his use of “one super emotional retirement essay, and I used mine up last year.”

In 23 seasons, Brady played in the Super Bowl 10 times and won seven Lombardi Trophies, the last coming as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady left New England in 2020 to sign with the Bucs.

There are formal complications, and then there are emotional strings the length of which only Brady knows for sure.

Formally, he’s under contract with the Buccaneers until free agency begins March 15. And even at that point, Brady is on the books for a $35.1 million cap charge for 2023 for restructured deals with now cap-strapped Tampa.

The Patriots drafted Brady 199th overall in 2000, and he made more than $330 million in his career, according to sports salary database Spotrac. But Brady never approached market value on any contract with the Patriots and embraced the opportunity to write his final chapters with the Buccaneers.

In 2021, Business Insider reported Brady left more than $60 million — and as much as $100 million — on the table by agreeing to play for less in New England.

His final deals with the Patriots were far short of the going rate for winning quarterbacks, not to mention three-time NFL MVPs.

Brady signed a one-year, $23 million deal for the 2019 season and ended negotiations with a firm contract clause that blocked the Patriots from using the franchise tag to keep him in March 2020.

His previous contract was even more modest — a two-year, $30 million deal that represented a tangible reduction from a two-year, $41 million contract he signed in 2016. For context, the Steelers signed Ben Roethlisberger to a contract that paid him $35.1 million in ’16, and Cam Newton’s salary with the Panthers was $31 million per year.

That season the Chicago Bears paid Jay Cutler $20.5 million, which matched Brady’s annual take.

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NFL luminaries tip cap to Tom Brady

He inspired, confounded and dominated peers for 23 years in the NFL, but Tom Brady insists he’s leaving for real this time.

Prominent peers and past allies congratulated Brady on his second retirement on Wednesday, including Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

“Tom Brady was the ultimate winner. He entered the NFL with little to no fanfare and leaves as the most successful player in league history,” Belichick said in a statement released by the Patriots. “His relentless pursuit of excellence drove him on a daily basis. His work ethic and desire to win were both motivational and inspirational to teammates and coaches alike.”

Brady released a short video early Wednesday announcing his latest retirement. At 45, he was set to enter free agency for the second time in March following a reversal of his February 2022 retirement that brought him back to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for another season.

“Good morning, guys. I’ll get to the point right away,” Brady said. “I’m retiring for good. I know the process was a pretty big deal last time. So, when I woke up this morning, I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first so I won’t be long-winded. You only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year. I really thank you guys so much to every single one of you for supporting me. My family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors… I can go on forever. There’s too many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream.”

Brady will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2028. Another recent retiree, J.J. Watt of the Arizona Cardinals, is in line for enshrinement in the same class.

“Greatest of All Time. No question, no debate,” Watt said. “It’s been an honor and a privilege. PS – The newly retired group meets on the golf course every morning at 10am. Drinks are on the new guy, so bring your wallet.”

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has claimed the torch from Brady with his third Super Bowl appearance in four seasons. But they were 3-3 in head-to-head matchups, and Brady beat Mahomes and the Chiefs to bring the Buccaneers the franchise’s only Lombardi Trophy.

Mahomes, preparing to play in Super Bowl LVII in Arizona next week, replied to Brady on Twitter with three goat — make that, GOAT — emojis.

One year ago, Brady’s retirement was met with congratulations from all corners of the world. LeBron James to Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter to Alex Rodriguez and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson all joined in wishing the NFL’s winningest quarterback farewell.

Former teammates and friends had a good time spinning Brady’s re-retirement in their favor, including Julian Edelman’s invite for Brady to join him for a new competition.

“You only get one super emotional reaction to the goat retiring, and I used mine up,” wrote Edelman, a three-time Super Bowl champion on the Brady-led Patriots. “So I’ll just say this. Learning from you as a player, teammate, leader, son, brother, and father has been the experience of a lifetime. Love you buddy. PS. Pickleball partners?”

There was less emotion and fanfare following Brady’s second retirement announcement on the day before Groundhog’s Day 2023, and Brady is not scheduled for a retirement press conference.

At this time in 2022, Shaquille O’Neal offered what would later look more prophetic than comical with this tweet: “no man get your butt up and do one more year.”

Jeter, who rented his spacious mansion in Tampa to Brady and his family upon their Florida arrival, did share a note to Brady on Twitter.

“Congrats @TomBrady on an unbelievable career. It was fun to watch!”

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) takes the field before a wild card game against the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Profane Tom Brady explains he’s still undecided on ’23

Retirement isn’t the only dirty word Tom Brady is kicking around while contemplating his plans for 2023.

On his “Let’s Go” podcast with Sirius/XM Radio, Brady went with blue material in response to Jim Gray’s question about his timeline for a decision about whether to play next season.

“Jim, if I knew what I was going to (expletive) do, I would’ve already (expletive) done it. I’m taking it a day at a time,” Brady said.

And when Gray asked if he was “antagonized by the question,” Brady said “You’re scratchy. You’re scratchy. I appreciate you asking. Thank you.”

Brady is an unrestricted free agent and big changes are afoot with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who fired offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich one year after making a head-coaching change. Brady turns 46 in August but set a record for passing attempts and total seasons with 25-plus touchdown passes in 2022 at age 45.

He retired briefly last February, only to return to the team while going through a divorce from world-famous model wife Gisele Bundchen.

Gray also asked Brady about receiving a fine letter from the NFL last week for a failed attempt to trip Cowboys safety Malik Hooker following an interception in the wild-card loss to Dallas.

“I tried to trip him, but I didn’t. I don’t know how you can get fined for something that didn’t even happen. Are they fining an intention? It’s like targeting, and you miss the person you hit, and they still call it targeting. I’ve gotta figure out and understand why this is the case. It’s a little odd. This is why I wish our NFLPA was stronger.”

Several teams are in the market for a quarterback.

The New York Jets are operating on orders from owner Woody Johnson to find the “missing piece,” which he defined as a veteran quarterback. Brady just completed his 23rd NFL season, 20 of them with the Jets’ AFC East rival New England Patriots.

Brady’s former New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, where quarterback Derek Carr is on the trade block.

The Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts, recent constants on the offseason QB carousel, are back for another spin this spring, as are the Houston Texans.

Those three teams own draft picks in the top 10 of the 2023 NFL Draft and might opt for a younger, cheaper model of quarterback. Alabama’s Bryce Young, Field Level Media’s top-rated quarterback in the upcoming draft, was born 15 months after the Patriots drafted Brady 199th in 2000.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts before the wild card game against the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady Next Team Odds: Two favored among dozen

Tom Brady might be noncommittal about his future plans, but oddsmakers clearly believe he will return for a 24th NFL season.

After Monday night’s lopsided season-ending loss to Dallas, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback was asked about his future.

“I’m going to go home and get a good night’s sleep, at least as good as I can tonight,” he said. “There has been a lot of focus on this game. It will be one day at a time. Truly.”

By the time Brady had woken up, had already placed -150 odds that he will play in 2023 compared to +110 odds that he will retire.

If Brady does decide to chase an eighth Super Bowl ring, the next question becomes with whom?

He will be a free agent after the Super Bowl, and there may be several suitors for a quarterback who will turn 46 during training camp in August.

The sportsbook installed the Raiders as the most likely destination for Brady late last month, and Las Vegas remains the favorite should he leave Tampa Bay. Sin City leads a group of 12 potential NFL teams is offering Brady odds on.

That includes the Miami Dolphins, who quickly shifted to +600 after being offered at +1000 to begin Tuesday. The Dolphins courted Brady last offseason, which ultimately cost them a draft pick for tampering, and Miami could make another run at him, with Tua Tagovailoa suffering multiple concussions this season.

Tom Brady Next Team Odds
Las Vegas Raiders (+300)
New York Jets (+350)
New England Patriots (+500)
Miami Dolphins (+600)
San Francisco 49ers (+700)
Indianapolis Colts (+750)
Baltimore Ravens (+900)
New Orleans Saints (+1000)
Washington Commanders (+1000)
Atlanta Falcons (+1100)
Tennessee Titans (+1200)
Houston Texans (+2500)

The Raiders are coached by longtime New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. It would appear to be a natural fit, with Las Vegas seeking a veteran quarterback to replace the outgoing Derek Carr. The Raiders feature an offense with a bevy of playmakers that includes Davante Adams, Josh Jacobs, Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller.

The Jets are another interesting possibility as they, too, seek stability at quarterback. Brady would get to face Patriots coach Bill Belichick twice a year, but does he want to go to a division stacked with playoff-caliber teams and play his home games outdoors in the Northeast at 46 years old?

The Jets do have an emerging young team, and owner Woody Johnson recently said he is willing to write the check to bring in the “missing piece.” That being a veteran quarterback following the struggles of former first-round pick Zach Wilson this season.

The sportsbook is also offering odds on who will be under center for both teams to start next season, with Brady among the top three favorites for the Raiders and Jets.

Raiders Week 1 QB
Tom Brady (+300)
Jimmy Garoppolo (+325)
Lamar Jackson (+650)
Aaron Rodgers (+750)
Jarrett Stidham (+800)
Anthony Richardson (+1000)
Bryce Young (+1100)
Matt Ryan (+1200)
Will Levis (+1200)
Baker Mayfield (+1400)
CJ Stroud (+1400)

Jets Week 1 QB
Derek Carr (+250)
Jimmy Garoppolo (+350)
Tom Brady (+350)
Lamar Jackson (+450)
Mike White (+550)
Aaron Rodgers (+750)
Zach Wilson (+900)
Bryce Young (+1600)
CJ Stroud (+1600)
Will Levis (+1600)
Baker Mayfield (+3300)
Joe Flacco (+6600)

The upcoming NFL quarterback carousel could be one of the most interesting in recent memory depending on who ultimately becomes available.

Last February, Brady retired. He unretired 40 days later.

He’s unlikely to go that route again, but you can bet on that possibility as well.

Will Tom Brady Retire/Un-Retire?
No (-2000)
Yes (+700)

And with that, the wait-and-see game with Brady begins. He left little hint as he ended his postgame conference on Monday night focused on the Bucs.

“I love this organization, it’s a great place to be,” he said.

–Field Level Media

Aug 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) attempts a pass during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Take 5: Tom Brady’s options for 2023

As engines start for the 2023 NFL season, Tom Brady turns 46 just a few days into training camp in August.

But where will Brady blow out his candles next summer?

Being a 10-time Super Bowl starter and seven-time champ buys Brady something not many others are assured: Options. And plenty of them.

Brady won his first Super Bowl in February 2002, four months after Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud was born.

All teams would have to weigh an investment in Brady against the other options out there — such as Stroud, Alabama’s Bryce Young and potential big-name trade options including Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) and Derek Carr (Las Vegas Raiders).

Even so, the Buccaneers and several other teams are ready to welcome Brady for the ’23 season if he decides to play a 24th season.

Last February, Brady retired.

Retirement was a short-lived hiatus of 40 days and Brady showed the tank isn’t empty. He played in his 48th career playoff game Monday night, has 17 seasons with at least 25 TD passes and set a record in 2022 for completions (490). He attempted 733 passes and played in every regular-season game for the 13th time in 14 years.

When Brady returned to the Buccaneers, he said the time away allowed for reflection and he “realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come.”

Here are five potential options for Brady in 2023 other than returning to Tampa:

5) FOX Sports
The retirement door isn’t too shabby.

Brady can walk, trigger a 10-year, $375 million contract agreement with FOX and still have a role on gameday — with a different type of headset.

FOX carved a role for Brady as a color analyst, studio contributor and network ambassador when the time comes to step away from his on-field quarterback job.

The annual average value of $37.5 million exceeds what Brady would likely make on the field in ’23.

When FOX clinched that deal last year, Brady said he was “excited, but a lot of unfinished business on the field with the Buccaneers.”

The network later confirmed plans to pair Brady with play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt to form the No. 1 broadcast team and bring a replacement for the longtime tandem of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. That pair left for “Monday Night Football.”

4) Sean Payton Pairing
Sean Payton has become a big player in the latest coaching cycle, but hiring Payton comes at a steep cost. He’ll likely command somewhere between $14 million — reportedly Sean McVay’s salary with the Rams — and $20 million, the Bill Belichick high-water mark for NFL coaches.

Getting Payton in the building also requires compensation to the New Orleans Saints in the form of players or draft picks. Payton said last week that the Saints wanted a first round pick to free him from retirement.

When Payton was last prominent in the news cycle post-retirement in the spring, it was as the subject of Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ tampering suspension. Ross aggressively pursued a pairing of Payton and Brady, who had also retired, with the Dolphins.

There could be more than one spot that aligns for the superpower duo, but Houston makes the most sense. Brady and Payton are familiar with general manager Nick Caserio, the Texans have extra draft picks to pay the freight to hire Payton and the combination of cap space and draft capital means Brady could have a winning roster around him.

3) Indianapolis Colts
When the wheels spin the QB carousel, the Colts are almost always involved. That’s been the case since Andrew Luck retired in training camp 2019.

Colts owner Jim Irsay hasn’t hired a head coach and that could help him gain traction with Brady. Is Indianapolis otherwise ready to win? The Colts aren’t that far off with running back Jonathan Taylor and a defense that carried its water in 2022. A few playmakers on the outside might also help entice Brady to try his luck with the horseshoes.

2) New York Jets
Can you even imagine the drama around a Brady-led Jets visit to Foxborough next season? The cards are on the table from owner Woody Johnson to bring in a veteran quarterback as the “missing piece,” and who better than Brady to exhibit professional quarterbacking to Zach Wilson? The Jets are clearly on the verge, and could float the $30-plus million Brady can command.

The Jets are loaded with young playmakers — presuming running back Breece Hall is back from a torn ACL — heavily invested on the offensive line and had a top-5 defense last season.

1) Las Vegas Raiders
Josh McDaniels might already know where Brady is headed. His heyday offensive coordinator drew up plays for Brady to Randy Moss, and next season could do the same for a Brady-Davante Adams pairing.

Like the Colts and Jets, an established running back — All-Pro Josh Jacobs — would make it easier to break in Brady in a QB dominated division.

–Field Level Media

Dec 25, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Silver & Black GOAT? Tom Brady favored to be Raiders’ starting QB in ’23

Are the stars aligning for Tom Brady to don the Silver and Black in 2023?

Las Vegas is almost certain to move on from Derek Carr after benching the nine-year starter for the final two games of the season. The move protects the Raiders from owing Carr $32.9 million in the event of an injury, and sets up the likelihood of an offseason trade that would bring a palatable $5.625 million hit in dead salary cap money.

The Raiders are loaded with skill position talent and will likely seek an experienced quarterback to team with running back Josh Jacobs, wide receivers Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow, and tight end Darren Waller.

Las Vegas’ coach just also happens to be Brady’s longtime friend and former coordinator, Josh McDaniels.

“All options are on the table” for Brady in 2023, according to an NFL Network report earlier this month.

He was installed as the favorite by to be the Raiders’ quarterback in Week 1 of next season after news of Carr’s benching. The list includes Jarrett Stidham, who will start Las Vegas’ final two games, along with five quarterbacks currently on other NFL rosters and four potential rookie draft picks.

Raiders Starting QB Week 1 2023 Odds*
Tom Brady (+300)
Jimmy Garoppolo (+350)
Anthony Richardson (+500)
C.J. Stroud (+650)
Will Levis (+700)
Jarrett Stidham (+800)
Lamar Jackson (+900)
Baker Mayfield (+1200)
Bryce Young (+1200)
Aaron Rodgers (+2200)
*If not Derek Carr

Brady, 45, at least contemplated Las Vegas as an option before signing with Tampa Bay in 2020. He went on to win a seventh Super Bowl with the Bucs.

After briefly retiring last offseason, Brady has played well during an uneven season for Tampa Bay’s offense overall. He is fourth in the NFL with 4,178 passing yards and has thrown 21 touchdowns against nine interceptions.

The Bucs have a losing record at 7-8 but are still in excellent position to win the NFC South.

According to the NFL Network report, Brady was likely leaning toward (another) retirement earlier this season when Tampa Bay dropped five of six games.

But with the team winning four of its past seven games and in position to make a potential playoff run, Brady’s passion is said to have been reignited.

The San Mateo, Calif., native has a nine-figure broadcasting deal with Fox Sports awaiting him whenever he elects to hang up his helmet.

Brady has until the start of free agency in mid-March to decide whether to re-sign with Tampa Bay or explore other options. Those could include Las Vegas, a return to New England or joining his childhood team in San Francisco.

The sportsbook is offering several Brady-related markets. That includes being a +2000 longshot to be the New York Jets’ starting quarterback next year and a few tied to potential retirement.

What Will Happen First By Week 1 2023
Tom Brady Retires (-130)
Tom Brady Signs With Patriots (+175)
Bill Belichick Retires (+350)

What Will Happen First By Week 1 2023
Matt Ryan Retires (-125)
Tom Brady Retires (+200)
Aaron Rodgers Retires (+350)
Matthew Stafford Retires (+1000)

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass against the Los Angeles Rams in the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady becomes first to surpass 100,000 passing yards

Tom Brady became the first player in NFL history to rack up 100,000 career passing yards across the regular season and playoffs Sunday.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback entered Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Rams standing at 99,836 total yards. He surpassed 100,000 on a fourth-quarter pass to running back Leonard Fournette, who went 15 yards on a third-down play.

“I think for me it’s a credit to all the guys that I’ve played with, and who have blocked for me, who have caught passes,” Brady said after the game. “I think I can’t do (expletive) in this league without guys doing what they are amazing at, too.”

Brady made sure the milestone happened in a winning effort. He engineered a 60-yard drive in 35 seconds with no timeouts and connected with rookie tight end Cade Otton on 1-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds remaining to lift Tampa Bay over the Rams, 16-13. That play gave Brady 280 passing yards for the game and 100,116 for his career.

It marked another NFL record — Brady’s 55th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime, breaking a tie with Peyton Manning.

Brady already owns the career regular-season passing yards record, which he took from Drew Brees last season. Brees is a distant second on the list for regular-season plus postseason yardage, at 85,724.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady leads Buccaneers over Rams in final seconds

Tom Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 100,000 yards — counting playoff games — and led a last-minute drive Sunday to pace the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 16-13 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Brady drove Tampa Bay (4-5) 60 yards in 35 seconds with no timeouts, finding rookie tight end Cade Otton for a 1-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds remaining. Otton’s 28-yard catch over the middle on the drive’s first play pushed the Bucs into Los Angeles territory and a pass interference call in the end zone set up a first-and-goal.

Brady completed 36 of 58 passes for 280 yards as the Buccaneers won for just the second time in seven games and moved into a tie with Atlanta for first place in the NFC South.

Matthew Stafford connected on just 13 of 27 attempts for 165 yards and a touchdown for the Rams (3-5), who now trail Seattle by 2 1/2 games in the NFC West. Los Angeles has been outscored 71-10 in the fourth quarter this year.

Ryan Succop kicked three field goals for Tampa Bay, its only points until Brady assured his record-setting effort would come as part of a much-needed win.

In a rematch of January’s NFC Divisional Round classic — won by Los Angeles on a last-play field goal by Matt Gay — the teams spent the first half demonstrating why neither is anywhere near that level in 2022.

Tampa Bay initiated scoring on its first possession, controlling the ball for more than 6 1/2 minutes before settling for Succop’s 20-yard field goal at the 7:16 mark of the first quarter.

The Rams didn’t run a single play from the Buccaneers’ half of the field in the first half of play, but still made one big play to take a lead into halftime. That was Stafford’s 69-yard touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp just over two minutes into the second quarter. Kupp broke open down the numbers on the right side and Stafford hit him in stride for his sixth score in eight games.

Gay made a 35-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the third quarter to give the Rams a 13-6 lead before Tampa Bay’s comeback.

–Field Level Media

Marcus Brady was hired as offensive coordinator in 2021. (File Photo Indianapolis Colts Rookie Minicamp On Friday May 11 2018

Colts fire offensive coordinator Marcus Brady

Offensive coordinator Marcus Brady was fired by the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday in the aftermath of a quarterback change and second consecutive loss.

Brady, in his fifth season as an assistant with the Colts, was named offensive coordinator in 2021.

Indianapolis has 26 total points the past two games, resulting in losses to the Tennessee Titans (19-10) and Washington Commanders (17-16).

“This was an incredibly hard decision, but one I felt needed to be made in the best interest of the team,” head coach Frank Reich said in a statement. “I appreciate Marcus’s commitment to the organization, and he made a significant contribution to our offensive success over the last five seasons. I wish him the best moving forward.”

The Colts (3-4-1) are on the road the next two games — at New England and Las Vegas — before hosting the Philadelphia Eagles (7-0), but there could be much to address for Reich.

Colts owner Jim Irsay met with Reich and general manager Chris Ballard after the team flight home from Nashville two weeks ago looking for stability in the offense.

But the one constant for the Colts in recent seasons has been change at quarterback.

The revolving door shuffled Matt Ryan to the bench the day after Reich’s meeting with Irsay. Ryan, acquired via trade from the Atlanta Falcons, replaced Carson Wentz (dealt to Washington), who was a one-year stopgap upon the retirement of Philip Rivers. Rivers lasted one season (2020) and pushed 2019 starter Jacoby Brissett to the bench.

Andrew Luck had 39 touchdowns and 10 wins in 2018 before his unexpected retirement the following summer.

With Ryan benched, Indianapolis turned to Sam Ehlinger at quarterback in Week 8. He completed 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards but the Colts dropped to 30th in the NFL in points (16.1 per game) and lost more ground in the AFC South division to the Titans (5-2).

A running game expected to be one of the NFL’s best spun its tires and now rates 29th in the NFL at 87.8 yards per game and 3.71 yards per carry. Touted MVP candidate Jonathan Taylor has fumbled twice and scored only one rushing touchdown, which came in the regular-season opener at Houston, in six games.

Brady, 43, had been a part of the QB churn since was hired by the Colts in 2018 as assistant quarterbacks coach. He was the team’s quarterbacks coach from 2019-20 before being promoted to offensive coordinator.

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) is tackled by Carolina Panthers linebacker Frankie Luvu (49) in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers retirement odds continue to shorten

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers each have 10 games remaining to help turn their teams’ seasons around, but one or both future Hall of Famers could decide to hang it up at the end of the year. set odds last week for each player to retire — Brady at -300 and Rodgers at -200. However, those odds shortened to -500 and -300, respectively, after both quarterbacks struggled mightily in ugly losses Sunday.

Brady is still in a familiar spot atop his division, but that’s highly deceiving in the woeful NFC South. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 3-4 after an embarrassing 21-3 loss to Carolina and third-string quarterback P.J. Walker on Sunday.

Brady, 45, briefly retired over the offseason and then missed significant time during training camp for personal reasons. Amid rumors of a potential split from wife Gisele Bundchen, Brady steered the Bucs to a 2-1 start but Tampa Bay has since lost four of its past five games.

His offense is scuffling in large part due to an injury-riddled offensive line. Minus a strong ground game, Brady rarely threatened Carolina’s end zone on Sunday. The Bucs were 2-of-12 on third down against Carolina despite Brady passing for 290 yards.

“We’re plenty capable of making plays,” said Brady, who has a losing record through seven games of a season for the first time since 2002. “We’re just not consistently making them enough to score points.”

Green Bay is also 3-4 after Rodgers and company dropped their third straight game — a 23-21 setback to Washington and second-string quarterback Taylor Heinicke. The Packers are now 2 1/2 games behind Minnesota in the NFC North.

However, Green Bay also remains in the thick of the playoff race with only five teams in the NFC currently sporting a winning record.

Rodgers, 38, said there is time for the Packers to turn their season around, but players must be accountable for improving their performance — especially on the mental side.

“We’re just having way too many detailed mistakes,” he said Sunday. “It’s just not winning football. It could be the total wrong route. It could be the wrong stem, it could be the release.

“We’re just not good enough to overcome some of those things right now. We have talent on our team for sure, but it has to consistently show up.”

The Packers need it to show up sooner than later with games against Buffalo and Dallas book-ending a trip to Detroit.

The sportsbook has dropped Green Bay’s odds of winning the NFC North to +500 and of reaching the playoffs at all to +160. The Packers are now +3300 to win the Super Bowl, their highest mark since the 2018 season, according to

The Bucs are currently +1800, the highest their Super Bowl odds have been since Brady arrived in 2020. Tampa Bay is still -230 to reach the postseason, but only because of the division they play in.

“Make a big play. Make a bad play. Make a big play. Make a bad play,” Brady said. “In football, it’s just not good enough. You can’t play like that. You’ve got to string enough good plays together to get the ball into the red area and score points.

“Just haven’t done that.”

–Field Level Media