Tom Brady is coming back for another year with the Tompa Bay Buccaneers

Well, that didn’t last long.

Just over a month after announcing his retirement, quarterback Tom Brady announced Sunday he will return to play for his 23rd season and do so “in Tampa.”

Days after Brady’s retirement plans were reported, the longtime Patriots and Bucs QB announced his retirement via social media on Feb. 1. But doubt over how long Brady would actually stay away from the field began almost immediately.

Brady’s retirement ended up lasting all of 40 days — though it was never official as it never came across the league transaction wire. He remains under contract with Tampa Bay, “but it’s a placeholder year worth about $10.4 million,” NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. Pelissero added it makes sense for the Bucs to repeat what they did ahead of the 2021 season and add a year to Brady’s contract in which he would be paid among the NFL’s top quarterbacks.