Peter King Says What He’s Hearing About Brady “Around The League”

March 19th, 2020

NFL uber-insider Peter King of NBC Sports has been working the phones on the biggest story in sports: Tom Brady quarterbacking the Buccaneers.

King, who has fantastic contacts and access (but odd opinions), boiled down what he heard for Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio.

“Brady, I’m telling you, if he gets any blocking at all; the people I talk to around the league are all saying Brady’s going to throw for 4,000 yards, he’s not going to turn it over and they’re going to be a better team in Tampa,” King said.

This is the same King who said last week that he was being told there was no starting-QB market for ex-Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.

Joe has no doubt Brady will ring up 4,000 yards and the Bucs will be a better team. How much better? That’s the much, much tougher question.

King also told WEEI radio in Boston that Brady made the right choice between the Chargers and Bucs, if Brady was considering which team gave him the best chance to win a Super Bowl. King added that the Brady move really didn’t shock him because he knew how down the Bucs were on Jameis after the season.

84 Responses to “Peter King Says What He’s Hearing About Brady “Around The League””

  1. Formerly Tampa 2 Says:

    Much, Much Better! is the answer.

  2. Iron Wombat Says:

    depends how many games that their kicker blows for them.

    Do we set the over/under at 3?

  3. Dewey Selmon Says:

    He passed for over 4,000 yards last year with nobodies. Now he has 2 pro bowl WR and 2 TE who can play Gronk and Hernandez.

  4. Mister Positive Pete Says:

    The receiver skill alone should have been enough to bring him here.

  5. Joeypoppems Says:

    Closest thing I have felt to real hope for this franchise in Idk how long. A RT and a RB, look out

  6. geno711 Says:

    Mad Dog really went crazy outside of the box with his quote (Sarcasm).
    Brady will get 4000 yards and not turn it over.

    That is the continued outstanding analysis we keep getting down here from those national types (More sarcasm).

  7. Miketb19 Says:

    If we get one of the top 4 tackles at 14 in the draft next month to play right tackle for us Brady will throw for at least 4500 yards 35 tds and I’d say 12ints on the high side we’ve all seen it before if you give that guy any kind of decent protection he will pick you apart. With Evans/Godwin/OJ/Brate he’s going to murder some people. We get our right tackle at 14 and at 45 we go get JK Dobbins or Cam Akers to go with Ronald Jones there will be no stopping this offense and we use our other 5 picks for defensive depth and we’re going to kick some a** this year.

  8. Tbbucs3 Says:

    We’re going to need a new kicker.

    If Matt Gay couldn’t handle the pressure of a meaningless week 17 game vs the Falcons imagine how he’s going to fair in all those primetime games when the whole nation is watching and Tom Brady is giving him the death stare from the sidelines.

  9. Lamarcus Says:

    SB or FAILURE is what I’m hearing

  10. Adrnagy Says:

    First , Interesting how a lot of ppl or fans believe in oj Howard now …. second , how suddenly the Bruce Arians is a tight end offense …

    IMO don’t matter who’s the QB , you still run with your offense, can you adjust some plays for certain players yes. I don’t believe oj or cam will be feature a lot.

    I do hope Antonio brown comes on board. That will open up the red zone for TE and brown can be lethal under/over .

  11. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Just sign Connor Barth or Pat Murray and get rid of these headcase kickers Licht.

  12. Couch Fan Says:

    This would be the type of thing where someone goes “Duhhhh”…

  13. Sumosam Says:

    I’m glad Jameis is gone. Now maybe we can win a few games.This past 5 years has been brutal. The Bucs did everything they could to get him to succeed. He just is not good at understanding you can’t turn the ball over. In comes Brady and as a fan of football, I do not like him but I sure am glad he is on our team. This season will be fun no matter what happens.

  14. miken Says:

    I’m with @Lamarcus! We had a great team last year except QB and we fixed it in a big way. Double digit wins on the way.

  15. Adrnagy Says:

    You’re absolutely right. Also penalties. We need to clean up those. We have big mouth one year wonder coming back and leading the team in sacks and penalties.

    Tbbucs3 Says:
    March 19th, 2020 at 2:20 pm
    We’re going to need a new kicker.

  16. Cough Says:

    Superbowl or bust…. Offense will be worse overall, but apparently less turnovers means the Bucs will be sooooo much better

  17. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    4,000 yds…it is all about the YACs !!!!!

  18. Adrnagy Says:

    We will be the 2004 lakers of football.. lol.

    At least make it to the nfc championship.

  19. Craig Says:

    It might be glorious. Brady is not going to give away games. Just that would have had the Bucs at 10-6 or 11-5 last season.

    If the defense doesn’t fall apart we might be 12-4 this season. A real for prime time QB will be great.

  20. Adrnagy Says:

    Kobe gone
    Brady signs with bucs
    Bruce Arians a TE offense

    World is ending. …

  21. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Matt Gay was a rookie kicker…Give the kid another year before giving up on the guy. He has one of the strongest legs for a kicker in the NFL – just needs to settle down. It is a mental game for kickers and being rookie with all the bad press on bucs kickers did not help last year.

  22. BucsFIRE Says:

    Cough Says:
    “less turnovers means the Bucs will be so much better”

    You are correct.

  23. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Bucs raised ticket prices by 15%.

    The Brady effect.

  24. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    AlabamaBucsFan Says
    “Matt Gay was a rookie kicker…Give the kid another year before giving up on the guy.”

    I agree. I’m not against some competition though…or if a great, proven guy becomes available.

  25. Adrnagy Says:

    Matt gay is a bust.
    Bobo Wilson was cut for not catching a ball…

    Matt gay missed how many extra points? Extra point! 5 if I’m not mistaken

  26. TOM Says:

    Speaking of kickers, I would sacrifice distance for accuracy. Need competion for Gay.

  27. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    King…albeit left of Lenin and a bit of a fruitcake…did call the Bucs a real legitimate “dark horse candidate” immediately following the Combine. He’s very connected having been around since the late 80’s.

  28. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    ^^ Too early to call Matt Gay a bust. — A lot of Rookie Kickers are inconsistent at times. He showed promise and a big leg that is consistent from 50-55 yards. He needs to show this year that he can hit the clutch kick.

  29. Hethrew 30 Says:

    Probably 4K yards. But it’s not the yards, it’s the quality per yard.

    Even the Winston nuthuggers know garbage yards mean nothing in the end…well, they do now. They never listened before. And what is this joke about “upside” and “potential.” Those are terms to use in the few few years…not now. No, no, not going into six years.

    Most experts in the game know it’s not about how much you produce alone. It’s where you are going, and where you end up. The only people Winston fooled were the Glazers and Licht. Looking back, Koetter had his number. BA certainly had his number. And Winston is gone.

    I’ll take 3K quality Brady yards or 5K garbage yards from Winston any day.

  30. Asdf Says:

    Google “ One angry Buccaneers fan is losing it over team adding Tom Brady”

  31. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “We had a great team last year except QB”

    Stop it please. Folks are continuing to actively deciding to ignore how to the defense preformed for the 1st half of the season.

    Miken, Is letting up 449 total points (4th worst) great to you? Was our incredibly vanilla RB core great? Or was Matt Gay great? Absolutely not

    Getting tired of this narrative that the Bucs were soooo good at every positon outside QB when the reality is that Bucs had a very shaky team for much of the season at Defense, Oline, Kicker and RB.

  32. BucEmUp Says:

    The defense will play great football this season, Brady will be Brady and the running backs should include addig a big thumper for goal line situations and giving rojo 18-20 touches a game. Matt Gay will be fine.I hope the Bucs draft a qb in the early rounds though…this wont last long.Wish Jameis the best of luck

  33. The Coroner Says:

    In Jason We Trust 👀
    Trent Williams in a trade. Use a pick(s) from next year. Save this year’s picks. Draft RB in 1or 2. DT 1 or 2. Safety in 3.

  34. Robert Says:

    yall stop yer kicker crying. once he has leads, isn’t under pressure and has 30 extra points under his belt while leading he’ll settle down and be money!

  35. Adrnagy Says:

    Suddenly….. everyone is great , we had the best team last year and next year.
    The kicker is the best of nfl he will be hof, the defense is top 5 “All year”, run block top 5, fewest penalties last year and next year ,in licht we trust ,

    Everything and everyone is high in love for Brady. Comical two face fan , oblivious you are.

  36. miken Says:

    @tbbucs3… We had the #5 D dvoa in the nfl with the O leading the league in turnovers… that’s pretty damn good. The O line was above average. 449 total points – 49 on the pick 6’s and now its the top half of points allowed all with the 30 picks , which most were on our side of the field

  37. bucsince79 aka bumaneer Says:

    The kicker was a rookie!!! Let’s see what he does this year…. Yup Yup Brady will get rid of the ball real quick & make O Line better…

  38. MtBucsfan Says:

    Still cant kick.

  39. JimmyJack Says:

    Joe are you gonna let your readers get a crack at some group tickets or something? Give us some avenue to attend a game?

    Personally have no interest in season tickets never will. But I do love to attend a few games a year.

    Kinda bothers me that I been going for all these years of futility and never jumped off the ship and no all the sudden these bandwagons and Boston fans are gonna buy up everything. Think they set aside some single game seats. I’ll look into it.

    Help a brother out with a group bro. Maybe a little pregame tailgate at that A es Place or something?

  40. JimmyJack Says:

    Jason Lichr went from bottom tier GM to elite.

    Last year found us a sack king. Now he signs the greatest QB ever!! When we start eating Ws Licht will officially be Too 5 GM of all the land.

    Oh he hired Bruce too.

  41. Bobby M. Says:

    I think there’s some belief that Brady’s ability to run the offense will make the line and Rojo look better. Not sure RB is as high as folks might imagine or hope for. A guy like Dion Lewis is available and has history with Brady. QB is where it’s headed after o-line.

  42. Elita Vita Says:

    @ Sumosam

    I am over the moon thrilled about acquiring Brady through free agency.
    In all fairness to Jameis though, did we really do all we could to help him succeed?
    We did much, but what did the Buccaneers do to shore up the Oline or get him a running game.

    We sure as heck will do it this year or I doubt Brady would have decided to come here.

    Welcome to Tampa Bay Mr Brady!!!…. A long suffering fan base are thrilled to have you!

  43. cmurda Says:

    Aside from what King is saying I just read the following. An unexpected high number of players have reached out to the Buccaneers to let them know they want to join.

    Thank you TB12. Never ever would that happen without the GOAT. I can’t wait until the signing becomes official. I want 3 new TB12 jerseys with the new design.

  44. cmurda Says:

    Elita Vita Says

    Did we really do all we could to help him succeed?

    Um, yes. Yes, we did. Jameis is who he is. Too reckless. I still will pull for JW but the right move was made.

  45. Tbbucs3 Says:


    Not true, if you take away the pick 6s the defense still let up 400 points which is still bottom 10. They were flat out bad for a very large chuck of the season. And a big reason why we missed the playoffs.

    Tom Brady is an upgrade over JW no doubt but let’s stop acting like JW was a bad QB he was a good QB for the Bucs with 1 major flaw. Been waiting since 2013 for the Bucs to have a an actual good defense for a full year and still haven’t seen it yet.

  46. Mort Says:

    Wow, look at the stones! Saying Brady will throw less than 30 INTs and more than 4K yards (again, Jameis threw 5,100!). Really going out on a ledge there…

  47. stpetebucsfan Says:

    What Cmurda just said.

    Sometimes it gets deep in here..since Jameis CHOKED like a dog in those final two games they became “meaningless”. BS!!! Those last two games were the difference in setting the table this year with a winning or at minimum .500 record!
    We could see our D improving…ROJO and Perriman came on bigtime in the 2nd half of the season.


    Do we suppose in that same situation TB12 might have manufactured a TD or two in the final halves of those final two games. JW didn’t score a single freaking point…Mat Gay the dog in the story contributed the ONLY three points in those entire four quarters of play in WINNABLE games.

    Perhaps with Brady instead of JW some of that pressure diminishes. Perhaps Gay knew the entire game was on HIM every kick since his QB can’t seem to produce TD’s under pressure.

  48. TDTB Says:

    Say it with me, the Bucs need to draft a kicker at the end of the draft. Blankenship out of Georgia is a good candidate. If we can get a couple WR/DB to do kick off and punt duty, I say they keep two kickers on the squad. Don’t risk the season on not having a back up plan at kicker.

  49. miken Says:

    @ttbucs… ok Jameis is a good qb and I’m sure will have a lot of offers from other teams. One major flaw… yes One major flaw that kills teams chances of winning. Thats like saying Bleach is a great drug that can kill cancer, it just has one major flaw, it will kill the patient too. D will be good once the opponent doesn’t get a few extra possesions every single game on a short field.

  50. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Brady may not be the strongest passer anymore but at least I feel confident when he starts a game I want wondering when he’s going to throw the inevitable pick six.

  51. 813bucboi Says:

    adrnagy & lamarcus

    yall really gonna keep this up all offseason , during TC, duringPS and into the season?…..

    go buy preparation H….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  52. Oneilbucs Says:

    All this trash talk about Jamies is proven the fact that yall never liked him from day 1 . And it proved that the national media never liked him from day one . They are rejoicing over his struggles and I think B.A. set him up because he wanted a older quarterback the hold time . He played Jamies with keep slanging the ball I got your back and Jamies trust him . B.A. set this up from the beginning and he got all yall fooled .

  53. Pewter power Says:

    So pathetic people are calling out the rookie kicker because it put mr pick 6 on the spot and required critical thinking at a critical moment in the game. So dumb people want to resign a guy who has these types of excuses. This is why real people make decisions and fans debate it because they dont know as much about football as they think they do

    Think brady is risky at 43? How they hell is banking on a guy who leads the league every year in interceptions not risky. Going with him because he is younger is frankly stupid.

  54. Tbbucs3 Says:

    So ppl really would rather have a guy like Mitchell Trubisky or Teddy Bridewater who have VERY limited production skills and who will score very little points but throw 0 INTs than someone like Jameis or Farve whos gonna get you a ton of TDs and points but with risk involved.

    It baffles my mind.

  55. donuts Says:

    Oneil – the sheer fact there is no big FA interest in Winston speaks volumes about his NFL QB ability. BA/Koetter gave him every chance to succeed and Winston didn’t take advantage of it. He has only himself to blame. As humans, we have to own our failures as well as our success personal or professional.

  56. Oneilbucs Says:

    This why rookie quarterbacks should be able to choose where they want to play at . Just like when Dirk Kotter came on tv and said he didn’t want Jamies when they named him the head coach . But you know what the scariest thing is that Jamies ain’t going to put his trust in no more coaches and that’s going to be the thing that makes him successful watch in see . In stead of throwing the ball when he knows that the play ain’t going to work he will just take off or throw it to the guy that’s open and not to the guy that the play is for .

  57. miken Says:

    @tbbucs… baffles our mind why you compare Jameis to Favre. I don’t remember Favre throwing a bunch of picks when he is throwing a simple out and stares down his reciever. Do you think Favre would have been a free agent with no one bidding? Stop with the comparisons> Favre was the mvp of the NFL 3 freaking times man. Jameis is just trying to get a job. Come on man

  58. Oneilbucs Says:

    Pewter power think you for saying the excuses thing because I don’t want to hear no excuses for Brady . I don’t want hear anything about the runningbacks , offensive line or the kicking game or the defense . Because according to yall Jamies was the only problem . And I don’t want to hear about his age . Superbowl or even championship or bust.

  59. Tampa Bay Demon Says:


    1) – Jameis is NOT the only one to blame


    2) – he HAD to reduce the turnovers, and was not able to

    BOTH things are TRUE.

    I like Jameis a lot, and am sad that it did not work out here. I will definitely be pulling for him, wherever he goes. It just came time for he and the BUCS to go their own ways, as the best for both of them.

  60. Jmarkbuc Says:


    ”Getting tired of this narrative that the Bucs were soooo good at every positon outside QB when the reality is that Bucs had a very shaky team for much of the season at Defense, Oline, Kicker and RB.”

    That’s almost as bad as the narrative that JW threw for five thousand yards and 33 Td’s…so he was great.

    We all agree that the team had deficits, JW was the biggest one.

    The Patriots had deficits too, and made it to 12-4.

  61. Jmarkbuc Says:


    “He played Jamies with keep slanging the ball I got your back and Jamies trust him . B.A. set this up from the beginning and he got all yall fooled .“

    JW was the QB when Arians got here..what else was he supposed to do? He got rid of Fitz so JW wouldn’t be skeered, then BA told him to keep throwing to protect JW’s super fragile ego…. BA gave JW every chance, despite the ridiculous Int’s….

    JW took all that rope and hung himself with it.

  62. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Love the ppl who are so quick to write off 33 TDs and 5,000 yards almost as if It didn’t even happen.

    Jameis is responsible for leading the top #3 scoring offense in the NFL. We’re gonna write that off too?

    But then you’ll say well that was all because of the mighty Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, Jameis had nothing to do with scoring all those points. Baker Mayfield down in Cleveland had 2 great WRs as well and he did absolutely nothing this season.

    And Jmark the Patriots also had a historic defense in the NFL last season so not a great argument.

  63. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Tbbucs3, I promise you that I am NOT writing off 33 TDs and 5,000 yards. The amount of productivity that JW put up was mesmerizing at times, and made the BUCS ALOT of d@mn fun to watch. — It’s WHY I am sad that it did not ultimately work out for Jameis here.

    At the end of the day, the turnovers are just too much to overcome, and as much as I like Jameis, I am not sure he is ever going to be able to get past it as an issue. I truly hope that he does, and will be rooting for it.

  64. LazyMoak Says:

    Coach Sean Payton first NFL member to test positive for the coronavirus……

  65. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Jameis Isn’t the Bucs QB anymore. Gonna have to deal with that.

  66. Tbbucs3 Says:

    ^ Few Bucs fans are more excited to welcome Tom Brady than me.

    At this point for me, it’s more arguing about how people view the quarterback position than Jameis.

    I will always value production > # of turnovers when evaluating quarterbacka while at the same time reliazing they are both very important.

    Not enough people appreciate Jameis for the production because too many people are blinded by the turnovers and personal hatred of JW.

  67. bucsfan951 Says:


    youre right! barrett did lead the team in penalties. wanna know who was 4th on the team?


    barrett penalty yards: 54
    winston penalty yards: 56

    you were saying about penalties and such?

    i mean, its not like he turned the ball over 35 times which lead to 121 points being scored by the opponents or anything…

  68. 813bucboi Says:


    BL is responsible for leading the top #3 scoring offense in the NFL.

    there!!!…fixed it for you…..

    if he was solely responsible for the top #3 offense, brady wouldnt be here….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  69. 813bucboi Says:

    Not enough people appreciate Jameis for the production because too many people are blinded by the turnovers and personal hatred of JW.

    wrong again!!!!

    it all boils down to WINS!!!!!!…..

    if JW had 5k & 30INTs BUT won 10games this year, he would probably be the highest paid QB right now….

    but he failed…

    JW IS A BUST!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  70. SOEbuc Says:

    I say again. The Bucs passing oline was not so terrible. Jameis threw for +5,000 yards and most of his 30 interceptions had nothing to do with him not having enough time.

  71. Ivan The Insider Says:


  72. JayBucBoi Says:

    First, the Bucs will be much, much better! Second, Peter King did say our Bucs were a dark horse team in the Brady sweepstakes. So of course he’s not shocked!

  73. Justanotheridiot Says:

    If Jaymiss gave any team best chance to win he would get signed.. No team wants him even as a backup but the nuthuggers still want him? Glad BA calls shots not you guys.

  74. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Tbbucs3, I really hear you when you say a value a QB more for overall production than turnovers. That is why i enjoyed watching Jameis so much. – I was willing to put up with the turnovers, because i knew I could count on the production…. never throwing short of the sticks on 3rd Down….. regularly converting 3rd and 15s. — most NFL fans do not have that.

    If it were the 70s or 80s…. JW would be a perennial pro bowler, and considered one of the best in the business. He is a true throwback. Born in the wrong era, maybe, as times have changed.

    I will tell you what though. He brought the production, and was fun as hell to watch. At the end of the day, in THIS time… the turnovers were just too much.

  75. BigMacAttack Says:

    I think 4000 is a little conservative here. I think Tom will throw 50 TDs and 6000 yds.

  76. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “BL is responsible for leading the top #3 scoring offense in the NFL”

    Gimme a break. The guy who couldn’t design a competent running game.


  77. Tye Says:

    Colt McCoy just got signed with the Giants and so many other QBs have already filled both starting and backup files… JW is still available and still no interest…
    Every team knows how many yards he threw for and tds BUT they aren’t knocking down his door… The fumbles and ints nullify all that… WHY? It’s now his legacy… 30-30 record, most pick 6s record… Anyone can stick with him for the good… The bad is where is counts.. if you can handle the bad, then partner with them.. his bad was way to bad…

    If someone gave you the best cake in the world and said they added a pinch of feces, would you eat it?… Sometimes the bad FAR out weighs the good…
    32 teams have spoken with their action… The experts!

  78. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    Could it be Jameis Winston’ s failure to step up has hidden the true turnaround in the rest of the culture for our team? Maybe we could have gone 9-7 or 10-6 and found ourselves playing in the post season.

    We will never know. That is water under the bridge now. The past is behind us.

    This season will tell the tale. The future looks bright! (Barring catastrophe resulting from the virus.)

    Ever the optimist.
    Go Bucs!!! In BA I trust!

  79. Tye Says:

    But hey, maybe he can play for the Vipers!

  80. Robert James Says:

    Thanks peter king! No kidding!! If you are not an fsu fan you know if a good qb comes in he willl light it up and you know the d was good and now they wont deal with two extra turnovers a game

  81. Rod Munch Says:

    Well Winston went 9-7 without his kicker blowing two games. Then add another W in Tennessee that the refs stole. So really this was a 10-6 team last year. How much better than that baseline is Brady? Probably 11-5 would be my guess – the same guess I had for Winston. But with a different way of getting there, I think with there will likely be some early struggles as everyone gets onto the same page and it will probably cost a game.

  82. miken Says:

    @rod… didn’t the D when the Seahawks game by only giving up 5 points when the O could Only score 14. And didn’t the when the KC game with the late pick in the endzone? And How about week 17 when we beat the Panthers 17-16, thank to Grahm Gano missing 3 fgs!!! We should have lost that game. It was a long time ago and matters little, but works both ways. Other teams kickers have given us w’s too. That team got a few lucky bounces for sure.

  83. GhostofSchiano Says:

    “IF” the O-line does a better job of blocking. They damn well better or Brady will be on IR quicker than a dollar disappears at Mons venus.

  84. Joe Says:

    quicker than a dollar disappears at Mons venus.

    Excellent! 🙂