Tom Brady Says He “Expects” To Play Next Season

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Despite an amazing season that led to Super Bowl LII, the New England Patriots came up short. At 40 years old, is quarterback Tom Brady done?

Just before Sunday’s game, the 5-time Super Bowl champ said he wasn’t thinking about retirement. “Yeah, you’re gonna see me playing football next year. I don’t envision not playing,” Brady said during an interview on Westwood One radio.

After the 41-33 Super Bowl loss on Sunday to the Philadelphia Eagles, Brady seemed a bit less definitive about the notion, but said he reiterated that he “expects” to return next season. “I expect to be back, but we’ll see,” he said. “It’s 15 minutes after the game ended. Have to process this a little bit. Don’t see why I wouldn’t be back.”

Brady is currently signed through the 2019 season.

Aside from Brady, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski left the door open to the possible retirement following Sunday’s loss. “I am definitely going to look at my future for sure,” said Gronkowski, who will turn 29 during the offseason. “I am going to sit down the next couple weeks and see where I am at.”

When a reporter followed up, Gronkowski said he’s “not ready for these type of questions right now.”

“I’m going to reflect on the season,” he added.