INDIANAPOLIS — Speaking for the primary time since his 11-day absence tending to what have been described as “personal matters,” Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady mentioned Saturday that he “feels good” and that it was not a tough resolution to step away from the staff.
“It’s all personal. Everyone’s got different situations they’re dealing with,” Brady mentioned. “We all have really unique challenges to our life. I’m 45 years old, man. There’s a lot of s— going on. Just gotta try to figure out life the best you can. It’s a continuous process.”
When requested if he was in a position to deal with the problems he wanted to deal with throughout his time away, and if he’s in a greater place now, Brady mentioned, “I’m ready to go.”
Brady, who had pre-arranged the break with the staff and had it cleared, thanked the Bucs for his or her help for permitting him to take the prolonged absence so shut to the beginning of the common season. He additionally not directly shot down rumors that he wished to play elsewhere.
“I think since I came to this organization, it’s been amazing — it’s just been an amazing experience for me to come to this place and be as supported as I have for a long period of time,” Brady mentioned. “I read all these stories about all these different places I was supposed to go or could have gone. And I was like, ‘I only was gonna go to one place, which was here.’ I think this whole organization knows that.”
Last week UFC president Dana White mentioned Brady was poised to signal with the Las Vegas Raiders earlier than becoming a member of the Buccaneers in 2020, with White saying Brady even went so far as in search of a home in Vegas, and that former Raiders coach Jon Gruden killed the deal.
An NFL investigation additionally decided that Miami Dolphins proprietor Stephen Ross contacted Brady and his agent, Don Yee, about becoming a member of their group in December 2021. Ross was fined $1.5 million for having impermissible contact. Brady confronted no self-discipline.
“All the conversations we’ve had over a period of time — I chose the right place for me. And I’m very proud of the effort that everyone’s put in to make the relationship work. [Owner/co-chairman] Joel [Glazer] has been amazing. [General manager] Jason [Licht’s] a great friend of mine. Bruce [Arians],Todd [Bowles], all the coaches. It’s been an amazing relationship and I’m very grateful to everybody for allowing me to come down here and experience this part of my football life which, [if] I looked back, it would probably be incomplete had I not had it. I’m happy I’ve had it.”
Brady practiced in full for 3 days this week and began in opposition to the Colts, taking part in one sequence. The objective was to strive to get him round 10 performs. He accomplished 6 of 8 passes for 44 yards, organising a 30-yard area objective by Ryan Succop.
After incompletions to large receivers Tyler Johnson and Mike Evans, the Bucs went no-huddle, and Brady accomplished six straight passes, together with a 20-yard completion to Julio Jones — their first in-game connection collectively. It was additionally the primary time practically the entire Bucs’ starters on offense performed collectively.
“It was smooth,” mentioned rookie operating again Rachaad White. “Tom’s Tom. He’s our leader. He’s everything we want. He’s our captain. It was just a great feeling to have him back out there. He’s iconic.”