Tampa Bay Buccaneers Odds Boosted By Tom Brady Unretirement

Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady is returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 23rd season in the NFL, unretiring less than two months after he shocked the world with his decision to call it day. To be exact, Brady’s retirement lasted all of 40 days! 

Brady’s unretirement has had an immediate and obvious effect on the NFL betting landscape with the Buccaneers climbing back into top contention across sports betting markets.  

At FanDuel, Super Bowl 57 markets now have Tampa Bay tipped at +750, which puts the Buccaneers on a level with the Green Bay Packers at +750. At this widely popular sportsbook, only the Buffalo Bills, priced at +700, are tipped on shorter odds in SBLVII markets. (See the complete 2022 NFL Futures from FanDuel Sportsbook below). 

By contrast, DraftKings prices up the top five bets for Super Bowl 57 as follows: Bills +700, Kansas City Chiefs +750, Buccaneers +800, Packers +800, and the Los Angeles Rams +11000. 

BetMGM prices up the top five best bets for Super Bowl 57 as follows: Bills +700, Chiefs +750, Buccaneers +850, Packers +1000, and Rams +1100. 

Depending on the choice of top-rated sportsbook, the NFL odds are going to be slightly different. What is constant, though, is those same five teams that are projected by bookmakers to be legitimate contenders in the hunt for the Lombardi Trophy next season. 

The Tweet/Insta That Changed the 2022 NFL Landscape 

On Sunday, Tom Brady posted on Twitter and Instagram his decision to end his retirement, citing he had “unfinished business.”  

“These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands,” Brady wrote. “That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa.” 

Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Super Bowl glory in 2020. He then carried the Buccaneers to an NFC Championship title in 2021. In the postseason, Brady and the Buccaneers lost to the Los Angeles Rams on a last-second field goal in the NFC Division round.  

The narrow and heart-breaking loss ended Tampa Bay’s bid for a second straight Super Bowl and a potential eighth championship for Brady. It likely was the catalyst –or played a part – in his decision to hang up his cleats then. 

Brady led the league in yards passing (5,316), touchdowns (43), completions (485), and attempts (719) in 2021. Over the course of the season, he smashed just about every NFL record he didn’t already own. 

NFL’s GOAT (Greatest of All-Time) 

Brady finished the season as the all-time passing leader with 84,520 passing yards, the all-time touchdown leader with 624 TDs and the all-time leader in quarterback wins with a record of 243-73-0. On the back of these stats and more.

What Brady brings to the table is undeniable. When the Buccaneers were looking ahead to a season without their Future Hall of Fame quarterback, they were expected to be good but not great. Most online betting sites had the Buccaneers priced at +1900 or thereabouts to win SBLVII.  

Brady’s announcement comes just ahead of the start of free agency. The Buccaneers will be hoping tight end Rob Gronkowski returns for another hurrah with his BFF. As well, they’ll be keen to retain some key players that are eligible for the open market. These include running back Leonard Fournette, cornerback Carlton Davis, safety Jordan Whitehead, linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh among several others. 

Super Bowl 57 Odds Courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook 

Buffalo Bills +700 

Green Bay Packers +750 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +750 

Kansas City Chiefs +850 

Los Angeles Rams +1200 

San Francisco 49ers +1300 

Denver Broncos +1300 

Dallas Cowboys +1500 

Los Angeles Chargers +1900 

Baltimore Ravens +2100 

Cincinnati Bengals +2200 

Tennessee Titans +2400 

Arizona Cardinals +2500 

Indianapolis Colts +2800 

New England Patriots +3000 

Cleveland Browns +3000 

New Orleans Saints +3900 

Philadelphia Eagles +4000 

Minnesota Vikings +4000 

Miami Dolphins +4000 

Las Vegas Raiders +5000 

Carolina Panthers +5500 

Washington Commanders +5500 

Pittsburgh Steelers +5500 

Atlanta Falcons +7000 

Chicago Bears +8000 

New York Giants +8000 

Seattle Seahawks +8000 

Jacksonville Jaguars +10000 

Detroit Lions +12000 

New York Jets +15000 

Houston Texans +18000