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Brady ends short NFL retirement, will rejoin Bucs

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Well, that didn't last long.

Less than two months after announcing his retirement from the NFL, Tom Brady reversed course Sunday and announced he's returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for what will be his 23rd NFL season.

Brady has spent the last two seasons in Tampa, helping the Bucs win Super Bowl LV after the 2020 season before being knocked out in the NFC divisional playoff round by the Los Angeles Rams in 2021. He led the league in both passing yards and passing touchdowns a season ago at age 44. 

There was plenty of speculation that if Brady did choose to come out of retirement, the 49ers would be a possible destination for the San Mateo native. 

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San Francisco will not have that chance, as Brady will run it back with the Bucs. Not only that, but Tampa Bay was discussed as a possible destination for 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who is expected to be traded this offseason. 

Nevertheless, Brady will return to the Bucs, and the 49ers will continue to search for a trade partner for Jimmy G. 

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