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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Feel Optimistic Tom Brady Returns in 2023

The Buccaneers would love to bring back the 7-time world champion.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently sitting on their bye week after a big win on the road in Germany against the Seattle Seahawks (6-4), 21-16. The defense played great, Byron Leftwich and his offense found the running game again, and Tom Brady seemed to have a different smile on his face that we hadn't seen all season. It felt like he fell back in love with football again after these last two wins with the team now sitting at 5-5 on the season. 

With the bye week currently upon us for Todd Bowles and his team, one of the leading discussions throughout the week has been the future of the quarterback position. Who will the Buccaneers have to lead the team next year? 

In a recent interview with former Bucs' head coach and now-current senior football consultant Bruce Arians and JoeBucsFan's Ira Kaufman, it seems like Arians has optimism that Brady would return to Tampa Bay if he wanted to continue his career in the league.

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"He loves it here. He loves his teammates, his coaches, and the organization. If he decides to play next season, I think it will be with the Buccaneers."

A source close to the team told Kaufman they feel like Brady has more in the tank for playing longer in his career and his love for Tampa, the organization, and the investment he's already made within the team would help keep him in a Bucs uniform. 

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"Everybody here knows Brady is one year at a time, but what you see every day is a guy who acts like he wants to keep playing. This is his team, and the team loves him. He’s heavily invested in many ways. It’s hard to imagine he’d find a better situation with another franchise. And he’s been playing great for three years."

During the offseason after coming out of retirement, Brady signed a one-year, $15-million contract for the 2022 season. Once the 2022 season ends, Brady will be a free agent for the upcoming 2023 season with a chance of finding a new team or sticking with Bowles and the Buccaneers for the foreseeable future.

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Tampa Bay will be on the road next week as they'll travel to Ohio to face the Cleveland Browns (3-6) at 1 PM EST on FOX. 

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