Brady felt pressure to return due to free agency

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady felt pressure to end his retirement due to free agency, he said in his first comments since announcing his decision to return to the Bucs

Brady felt pressure to return due to free agency

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady says he felt pressure to end retirement due to free agency play Why Stephen A. isn't interested in Brady's career as an analyst right now (1:12) Stephen A. Smith does not care that Tom Brady is joining FOX Sports as an NFL analyst because he still has another season to play in Tampa. (1:12) 12:08 PM ET Jenna LaineESPN Staff Writer Close Covered the Buccaneers since 2009 Joined ESPN in 2016 TAMPA, Fla. - Speaking publicly for the first time since ending his retirement after 40 days, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said Wednesday that he felt pressure to end his retirement due to free agency, and that his key reasons for his indecision stemmed from commitments to his family. "At this stage, it's like 55% yes and 45% no. It's not 100-0. That's just the reality," Brady said in a roundtable that aired on TNT following Capital One's The Match golf outing with Aaron Rodgers , Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen . "It's not that I'm not 100% committed, it's just as soon as I make the commitment to do it, it's like 'Ugh. All right, here we go.' It's like running a marathon. You can't decide two weeks before the marathon, 'Hey, I'm going to start running.' We got right to free agency and I felt some pressure to do it and talked to the team and organization and it all worked out." Brady was asked if he had been ready to retire. "Partly, you know, yes," said Brady, who will turn 45 in August. "And I think when you're their (Mahomes and Allen's) age, if you were to ask me 'Are you going to play football next year?' I would say there's a 100% chance I'm playing. And I think as I've gotten older, that's changed because I have other responsibilities. "So the responsibilities are many people taking care of me and things that I have off the field that are really important to me like my family, my kids, my wife's done an amazing job of that. That's a big commitment from her, so it's harder when you get older. I don't even think they know what's coming. Aaron (Rodgers) knows these things because your life gets bigger as we all do, our life gets more full -- there's more responsibilities." Brady is under contract with the Buccaneers through the 2022 season, after which he'll be set to become an unrestricted free agent. He has not spoken about his future beyond the 2022 season.