Tom Brady: There could be opportunity to come back to New England


FOXBOROUGH — Following Tampa Bay’s 19-17 win over the Patriots Sunday night in Tom Brady’s return, the quarterback was asked about it potentially being his final time playing at Gillette Stadium.

The 44-year-old gave an interesting answer.

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“It's been a great stadium for me for a long time,” he said. “I don't know what the future holds. Obviously, could be an opportunity to come back here. We'll see.

“I feel like I'll always be a part of this community. I'll be up here quite a bit when it's all said and done. When I retire I'm sure there will be a lot of time for – you know, I have a lot of friends up here and it's a great place. My kids were born on Beacon Street in the city. It's been an amazing place for me, it still is. I obviously see a lot of familiar friendly faces, and great to see you guys, too.”

Brady didn’t specify what he was referring to with the “opportunity to come back here” line. Could it have be a potential one-day contract to retire a Patriot like Robert Kraft said earlier in the day?

“Are you offering me a one-day contract or did he offer me that? He didn't offer me that, so,” Brady joked. “I still got some time left with the Bucs, and like I said, really enjoying that. We got a lot to accomplish this year. It's a tough challenging year. It's a marathon of a season. It's only four games in. There is a lot football to be played. It feels good to win on the road, so happy we did that.”

He finished the game 22-for-43 with 269 yards and it wasn’t a vintage Brady performance by any means, but he led his offense down the field in the fourth quarter for the game-winning field goal.

The Buccaneers are now 3-1 on the year.

“[The Patriots] did a good job,” Brady said. “They did a good job. It was a tough game. Hard-fought game. We ran the ball well. Moved it. We just didn't get it in the red zone. Had a few costly drive-killing kind of mistakes that limited us getting – really scoring touchdowns would've been a lot different. But just proud of our team. Tough weather. You know, just very typical day. We had to grind it out.”