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Tom Brady taking NFL future, retirement plans ‘day-by-day’

Tom Brady has long expressed a desire to continue his NFL career as long as possible, but his most recent comments on the subject suggest he is taking a much more pragmatic approach to his future than in the past.

As recently as this past offseason, there was exceedingly optimistic buzz that Brady could conceivably play until he’s 50 (although Brady himself has stated playing until 45 is a more attainable goal).

On Wednesday during his appearance on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show,” the New England Patriots quarterback was more evasive when it came to discussing his NFL future, stating that he’s taking things “day-by-day” when asked about the issue.

“I don’t know what the future holds and the great part is for me, football at this point is all borrowed time,” Brady said, per WEEI. “I never expected to play 20 years and I am playing on a great team and it’s just been an incredible 20 years of my life. To play for Mr. Kraft, and Jonathan and the Kraft family and for Coach Belichick and to have so much success is a dream come true.

“One day I will wake up and I will feel like, ‘OK, that will be enough.’ When that day comes, that day comes. I don’t know if it will be after this year. I don’t know if it will be five years from now. I don’t have to determine those things right now, either. That is kind of a good part of where I am at. Just take advantage of the opportunities that I have this year and do the very best I can do and then those decisions come at probably more appropriate times.”

The above comments come amid a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that with Brady becoming a free agent in 2020 after reworking his contract, it’s at least plausible that the 42-year-old veteran could be playing his final season with the Patriots.

Regardless of how things play out on that front, the notion that Brady will play a few more years seems much less like a sure thing at this point.