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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady spoke to the media for the first time since returning from his excused absence, and while mentioning the rumors surrounding that brief stint, he also addressed the rumors about playing for a different team. .
More recently, UFC president Dana White said he almost executed a plan in 2020 to bring Brady and one of his favorite targets, tight end Rob Gronkowski, to the Las Vegas Raiders before the then-head coach of the Raiders Raiders, Jon Gruden, will reject it. .
However, Brady was very candid in bringing up these rumors, saying that Tampa Bay was the only place he wanted to go after his long tenure with the New England Patriots.
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“I read all these different stories about all these different places that I was supposed to go or could have gone. There was only one place I was going to go, which was here,” he told reporters after the Bucs’ loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. “I think this entire organization knows that and all the conversations that we’ve had over a period of time, I picked the right place for me.”
Brady added that owner Joel Glazer, general manager Jason Licht and their head coaches, Bruce Arians and now Todd Bowles, have gone to great lengths to “make the relationship work.”
“It’s been an amazing relationship and I thank everyone for allowing me to come here and experience this part of my football life, which I look back on and would probably be incomplete if I didn’t have it,” Brady said.
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In addition to the Raiders, the Miami Dolphins were discovered by the NFL to be another potential destination for Brady until former head coach Brian Flores filed a lawsuit against the team. The investigation found that the Dolphins talked to Brady on four different occasions when they shouldn’t have, as they wanted him to play in Miami and even become a minority owner of the franchise.
In his 11-day absence, Brady said “it’s all personal” as to why he walked away from the game.
“You know that everyone has different situations that they’re dealing with, so we all have unique challenges in our lives,” he said. “I’m 45, man, there’s a lot going on. I just have to figure life out the best I can. It’s an ongoing process.”
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But Brady says his focus hasn’t caught up with him as he heads into his 23rd NFL season.
He played the final preseason game against the Colts, his only action in a game prior to the start of the regular season, where he connected on six of eight passes for 44 yards.
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Brady and the Bucs will kick off their regular season against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football on September 11.