Tom Brady to take time after season before committing to return to Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2022.

There is another reality lingering over the organization: the possibility of Tom Brady's retirement.

Brady could decide to play again -- he has talked about playing until he was 45, and even beyond -- it is far from a given, sources told ESPN.

There has been internal uncertainty about what the future holds for the seven-time Super Bowl champion and all-time NFL passing leader.

Brady, 44, plans to take time after the season ends -- a month or longer -- to assess how he feels physically and mentally while also gauging his family's desires, sources told ESPN.

Tampa Bay's coaches and executives are unanimous in their desire to keep moving forward with Brady beyond this season

The Bucs would be willing to bend over backward to entice Brady to continue playing, if that's what he ultimately decides to do.

Those close to Brady -- and those with the team -- are making a clear effort to enjoy and appreciate each game he plays as they recognize that any one of them could be his last

Brady appeared in all 17 games this season and led the league with 5,316 passing yards -- a career high -- and 43 touchdown passes.

He plays as they recognize that any one of them could be his last.