Rondé Barber On Tom Brady

March 23rd, 2020

Talks new Bucs QB.

Bucs icon Rondé Barber was a guest recently on WFLA-TV Channel 8 and had a virtual sitdown with WFLA Sports Director Dan Lucas.

Joe means “virtual” because thanks to the corona, people are not wanting to leave their house so Barber did a FaceTime/Skype-type sitdown with Lucas.

Barber had several interesting things to say about the Bucs. Joe knows who Barber hangs with (he’s very tight with Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians and he is part of Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht’s kitchen cabinet. So it doesn’t take a tarot card reader to figure out where Barber is getting his intel).

Barber firmly believes the Bucs can make a run this year, namely because Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is here and not his predecessor. Barber flat out said Brady’s predecessor was losing games and holding the Bucs back.

As for Brady, Barber admits he’s stoked.

“I’m excited about it,” Barber laughed of the Bucs signing Brady. “He brings a different type of [relevance] here back to Tampa. Attention will fall squarely on this market again which I think will be as important as his play on the football field. It is an exciting time. I don’t think anyone is upset with this move.

“It should be a good marriage for a couple of years.”

Couple of interesting points Barber made. He said don’t be surprised if the Bucs draft a quarterback on the second day of the draft so that quarterback will be ready to pick up when Brady leaves the Bucs in two years (or longer?).

Barber also said the weather advantages of the Tampa Bay area and lack of state taxes are way overblown in drawing Brady to the Bucs.

“This is an attractive place to come, not just because of the weather and the taxes,” Barber said. “Tom Brady is coming here because he thinks he can win.”

You can see the full interview in the WFLA-TV Channel 8 interview below.

27 Responses to “Rondé Barber On Tom Brady”

  1. Bucs2020Champs Says:

    We add a running back and tackle in the draft look out I like Jones from Houston hoping we can trade down get some extra picks get Jones and a running back ie Swift, Taylor, Dobbins, or Cam Akers in the second then get your young QB with the extra acquired picks

  2. '79 Defense Says:

    It’s great that Barber is a fan like the rest of us. Amazing how much attention this move has gotten the Bucs. –Not to rain on the parade, but worst case corona scenario, if Brady never plays a down for the Bucs, it will be a topic for eternity if he would have led the Bucs to a SB win.

    Joe, how many years does one have to have comments moderated? At one point, I was off moderation and back on it the next day with nothing unusual posted.
    Lately my posts are showing up many hours later than usual.

  3. adam from ny Says:

    holy sheet…ronde is going to be the next head coach of the bucs…he’s hangin’ with arians and licht and self grooming…maybe he’ll be taking over in a few years, once BA heads back to georgia

  4. #1 Pick QB 2 Cent Brain Says:

    He’s just saying what the ALL22 film says Jameis and the turnovers hurt this team weekly and helped the opponents

    Hard to overcome that on the field and it’s mentally draining from the player I know that was drafted here

  5. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    On paper, we have the talent to go all the way. Let’s see if the draft will fill in the few holes we have to make this team nearly unbeatable.

  6. StonedBuc Says:

    Byron will be the next bucs head coach after arians walks into the sunset with brady.

  7. geno711 Says:

    Seems like Jake Fromm in the 3rd round could be a possibility.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see us give up our 1st next year for some draft moves this year…..
    RT, RB, S, QB…….to get really good ones, we need more than our 7 picks this year….

  9. John Says:

    Ronde I’d a straight shooter

  10. Bucsalltheway Says:

    Adrian killins rb…should be on the radar hes small but he mimics djax game from speed and shifting and his cutting is lamar jackson dynamic…risk it for the biscuit lol

  11. SteveK Says:

    How about a trade back or two, collect some picks, and grab a handful of round2-3 guys? Would love to see us take the top talent that’s hanging imright there. Unless a stud is there at 14, do it.

  12. Robert Says:

    The Classiest Buccaneer in history.

  13. El_Buc941 Says:

    Joe i read somewhere that after the brady signing and Brate contract restructure Tampa still has about 48-49mil in cap space. If so, why havent we signed more FAs or teaded for one? I mean we could go and resign Suh at 12 mil a year and have 36-37 leftand maybe even get jadaveon clowney to add to the pass rush. Maybe go sign Peterson to reinforce RT and maybe get another CB for depth?

  14. Pa Privateer Says:

    I am getting more interested in Jalen Hurts as a late round QB

  15. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Again, you don’t find good QBs in the third and fourth rounds. It is win now time, don’t be wasting draft picks on scrubs who have Mike Glennon type ceilings.

  16. Hodad Says:

    BA said he was looking at D, Watson in the draft when at AZ so yeah, I could see him taking a Jalen Hurts. I’d be happy with a third round QB to groom. Players like Hurts, Fromm, Eason could be available. Deep draft class, deep FA class for QB’s. Got rid of the ATM at the right time.

  17. TampaTom Says:


    When did our current qb get drafted???

  18. Defense Rules Says:

    El_Buc941 … Spotrac hasn’t yet updated their numbers for Brate’s restructuring, but Over-the-Cap has. They show Brate now at $4.0 mil (as opposed to his earlier $6.0 mil). The Bucs now apparently have $24.9 mil in salary Cap space to play with. Take out the rookie pool (around $8 mil) and that leaves us with $17 mil (minus a ‘pad’ for injury signings, etc) for signing FAs. We’ll also have a number of guys in there who won’t make the team (we have 58 signed altogether), so we’ll pick up some more there.

    Suh won’t make $12 mil a year, but $9-$10 mil isn’t out of the question IMO. Bucs HAVE to re-sign him. That’d leave us with enough to sign a quality veteran to be our starting Safety and another quality vet to be our backup QB. Would still like to see us re-sign Ryan Smith, and MAYBE even Barber as our 3rd back (Dare’s on the roster for that spot right now). All the rest of our ‘holes’ can be filled through the draft.

  19. Defense Rules Says:

    Pa Privateer … Jalen Hurts would be an interesting pickup IMO & could be used this year to create some unique attack schemes. But I still have trouble seeing him as the Bucs future starter for some reason. He was too inconsistent over the course of his last season IMO, but it might’ve been the team around him. Still, you never know; the light bulb may go on in the Pros and he turns into a beast. I wouldn’t spend our 3rd Rnd pick on him, but one of our 4ths might be worth the gamble.

  20. TOM Says:

    There is no way Suh is worth 9 or 10 mil. Maybe 6 or 7 tops. Look at what McCoy signed for with Dallas. Suh shouldn’t expect much more. Also don’t need Barber or R. Smith. Like Eason or Fromm more than Hurts. Also as a sleeper QB that Morgan kid from FIU.

  21. SeffnerBuc Says:

    Is getting a QB on the 2nd day of the draft really going to help us in the long run? I’m worried that everyone is assuming that any QB off the street could just automatically be good, just because they sat under Brady for 2 years.

    If there’s a QB sitting there in the 3rd round (or later), maybe there’s a reason why they haven’t been picked up. And, for the most part, those QBs aren’t franchise QBs, no matter how good the coaching or mentoring they are receiving is. Only 2 late-round QBs that I can think of off the top of my head that ended up working out…Russell Wilson and Tom Brady. I’m sure there are others but it is extremely rare.

  22. SkBucsFan Says:

    Can’t find a QB in the 3rd? As opposed to what? The many 1st rounders that go on to have limited careers? I’d rather take one in the 3rd round than waste a pick on a 1st rounder that gets you nowhere over their 5 year career. Save the first two rounds to continually build the trenches.

  23. MarineBucsFan Says:

    We always seem to be one or two picks away from the elite player that we need. If we can’t get one of the top 4 tackles or Kinlaw, trade back and collect picks. Because the drop off of significant IMO.

  24. 813bucboi Says:


    agree with both your post but if there is a run on QBs in the 2nd, we may have to take hurts in the 3rd….

    imo, hurts = DAK….he would benefit extremely by sitting behind brady for 2 years learning and perfecting his craft….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  25. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Dak Prescott is an apt comparison for sure 813 and Hurts game is not the only comparable but also his draft position…4th round.

    And then there is the ever popular Gardner Minshew…6th round.

    We are simply talking about odds…longer as you drop in the rounds but not absolute…for success at the#1 spot or failure in the sixth round. It all boils down to the talent of the scouting/coaching staffs.

  26. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Tampa Tom please name the other 6th round franchise QBs? I will wait! If you can name one other I can give hundreds that flamed out immediately.

  27. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    This franchise has struggled for 40+ years to find a franchise QB and all of these naïve fans think we can just burn a 4th rounder and it will work out great. The 4th round is typically where you find fringe guys that hope to become backup safeties and rely on special teams play if they are going to make the team. If a QB falls to the 4th round there are significant flaws in his game because teams reach on for guys that have just some of the measurables they are looking for. I would argue that Justin Herbert is nothing special at all but because he is tall with a big arm he will be a top 10 pick. Jordan Love is a huge gamble but he will almost certainly go in the first round. That chump that falls to the 4th round will have all kinds of warts. This is typically where you look for a career backup QB at best.