Tom Brady wants to play with Bucs 'for a long time'

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By , Audacy Sports

How much longer will Tom Brady play?

With his Bucs contract set to expire after next season, it's fair to wonder whether 2022 will be the seven-time Super Bowl winner's farewell tour.

But Brady indicated in a recent interview that he sees himself continuing to suit up even when he's closer to 50 than 40.

“Hopefully, I’ll be here for a long time,” Brady told the Tampa Bay Times. “For many years.”

Just parsing the language, it sure sounds like "many" years would mean beyond 2022. Then again, Brady has long been hesitant to put a timeframe on his retirement.

The 44-year-old legend said he can still throw the ball as if he were 24, and apparently thinks there's no reason for him to consider hanging it up while he's still on top of his game. He also reiterated previous comments about feeling his healthiest in some time, and loving life in sunny Florida.

“Whatever I thought I was getting into, it’s been so much better,” Brady said. “As good as I could’ve envisioned, it’s been even more enjoyable than that. It’s pretty much a different life than being in the Northeast. I had a great 20 years and I never want to take away from that. Also, this experience has been amazing. [Tampa] is a great-kept secret. It’s a small city. Everything is close. The airport is close. Work is close. We live on the water."

At least one Bucs coach seems to agree with Brady's bullish outlook on his apparent physical rejuvenation.

The three-time MVP "looks like a 25-year-old," QB coach Clyde Christensen told the Times.

Alex Guerrero, Brady's longtime trainer, also touted Brady's overall conditioning.

"He’s not sore on Monday and Tuesday," Guerrero said. "His body feels good. So he’s like, ‘Why not continue what I love doing because I feel good.’”

The Bucs begin their title defense against the Cowboys in Tampa on Thursday Night Football, on Sept. 9.

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