Tom Brady 'Knows This Is His Last Season If He Wants to Stay Married' to Gisele Bündchen: Source

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen

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Tom Brady "knows that this is his last season" in the NFL "if he wants to stay married" to wife Gisele Bündchen, according to a source close to the 45-year-old Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback.

On Wednesday, a source tells PEOPLE that while the marriage between Brady and supermodel Bündchen, 42, is not "over by any means," the greatest quarterback in NFL history knows he will have to retire permanently from playing after the season to smooth over any issues after he retracted his February retirement announcement just over one month later.

"She doesn't hate that he's playing football, but she sure hates the way he handled the retirement and coming back," a source tells PEOPLE. "He knows that, and he's doing what he can do to smooth things over. He does know that this is his last season if he wants to stay married."

"He can't do this again," the source adds.

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"So now all he can do is make this season count, spend time with his family whenever he can, and then retire at the end of the season," the source adds.

On Monday, Brady shrugged off rumors that he already plans to retire after his 23rd NFL season on his Sirius XM show, saying he will simply "take it day by day, and I'll evaluate everything as it comes."

Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen arrives at the 2019 Hollywood For Science Gala at Private Residence on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen arrives at the 2019 Hollywood For Science Gala at Private Residence on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

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"One of these days, they're going to be right, I will say that," Brady added, referencing those who try to guess his next moves. "One of these days, if you make enough predictions and so forth."

In a wide-ranging recent cover interview for ELLE's October issue, Bündchen shared she would like for Brady, 45, to "be more present" amid his busy football career as she continues to raise son Benjamin, 12, daughter Vivian, 9 and stepson Jack, 15.

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"They decided together that he would retire, and then he decided by himself that he'd come back," the source tells PEOPLE about Bündchen's feelings on Brady's return to the NFL. "She said they'd talk about it more, but then he came back anyway, before they had really talked it all through."

"She's a very 'pros vs cons' person, and she sees very few pros to him playing anymore," the source added.