Tom Brady refuted a report on Thursday that said he could retire from his 10-year, $375 million role as NFL analyst for Fox. He still has plans of being in a broadcast booth in 2024. He wrote a comment on a Sports Illustrated Instagram post to make it clear that he still has every intention of being a Fox Sports color commentator for NFL games next year.

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In an Instagram post, Sports Illustrated cited a New York Post report that said the former Patriots and Buccaneers quarterback was now leaning toward moving away from the $375 million contract that he signed with Fox to pursue other ventures in retirement.

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However, Brady slammed the report with just two words “FakeNews.” “You’ve been on this really crazy treadmill, hamster wheel, for a long time, enjoying the moment and the journey,” he said.

During a podcast this week, New York Post’s Andrew Marchand put the odds that Tom Brady actually calls NFL games for Fox at just 49%, resulting in speculation that the legendary quarterback will not start his reported 10-year, $375 million deal in 2024.

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According to a TMZ report, Brady has already started preparations for the role, despite being around 16 months away from starting the gig.

Initially, Brady signed the 10-year deal with FOX in May 2022 but in February said he will start the job in the fall of 2024 to catch up on other parts of life that need some time and energy in 2023. 

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When Brady was asked if he wanted to take some time off, he said “Decompression is very important.”

Brady has shut down speculations that he could back out of his lucrative deal with Fox Sports.

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He announced retirement in February this year after this Tampa Bay Buccaneers team was defeated in the playoffs by the Dallas Cowboys.