The Brady Sweepstakes

March 7th, 2020

Impact of signing Tom Brady.

It seems someone over at BSPN believes the best thing that can happen to the Bucs in the coming weeks would be to sign free agent quarterback Tom Brady.

Ben Linsey lists all the reasons why getting Brady would be the smart move for the Bucs.

Brady wasn’t the same Brady last season as the one we have all grown used to seeing. … The big problem was the Patriots’ lack of playmakers on offense. A one-two punch of Chris Godwin and Mike Evans has to sound pretty intriguing to Brady as he considers where his career will end, as both guys were top-10 wide receivers during the 2019 season. The Buccaneers have the cap space to make it work, and a much-improved defense with Brady orchestrating a talented offense could have the Bucs as legitimate contenders in 2020.

A few things are at work here, which makes Joe dubious of this move.

First, yes, the Bucs have the cash to sign Brady, but let’s not pretend it is unlimited. To sign Brady, that tells Joe one of two things will also happen: bye-bye Jason Pierre-Paul or bye-bye Ndamukong Suh.

Why is that? Because Joe is also sure Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians is going to have to make concessions if he lands Brady. The first would be for Arians to come to Jesus and realize his running backs are a sad lot and that area needs upgrading.

Brady will also likely demand the Bucs spend Team Glazer loot for a right tackle and maybe also a right guard.

So if the Bucs grab Brady, will there be enough cash to go around for Brady, JPP, Suh, a running back or two and at least another offensive lineman, and the draft picks coming in April?

That is, if Arians and Brady can come to an agreement on how to best mold the offense to best fit Brady, which isn’t an Air Coryell offense.

Joe just has a hunch wherever Brady goes, he’s going to have a significant voice on how the offense is to be constructed and run.

Remember: Arians said his first priority is to try to keep the defense intact. Joe isn’t sure that will happen if the Bucs land Brady. This is very likely going to be Brady’s final NFL contract so he’s not going to come cheap.

49 Responses to “The Brady Sweepstakes”

  1. REDZONE BA Fan Says:

    @Joe – HA! ME

  2. SteveK Says:


    Do you think FAs would take less to play with Brady if he came here? I think there is a better chance of that happening then a FA giving a discount to play with Jameis

  3. Steve Munoz Says:

    You sound so negative towards anything that involves moving on from Jameis! Stop! We’re Bucs fans not Winston fans

  4. BrianBucs Says:

    Ben Linsey is 100% correct.
    I hope the Glazers have their private jet fueled up and ready to head to Foxboro.

  5. Tye Says:

    I lean more towards a trade for Derek Carr or Andy Dalton is more likely to happen than Brady signing with the Bucs… or if Brady goes to the Titans than the Bucs could get Tannehill…

  6. REDZONE BA Fan Says:

    @JOE – Accidental keyboard issue! thanks for moderation.

    Brady as Bucs QB:

    ME13 & Godwin > No way will both reach 1000 yrds by game 11 or game 17, with offense led by Brady. (Neither will care, if winning and playoffs.)

    Who will be RB? Rojo? Draft pick stud? Brady needs RB, more than JW needed RB.

    Great D? Who will Bucs bring back, to keep score 25 points or less?

    Brady is GOAT, and can hide issues. Brady wants his 7th ring. Prove he can do it w/o Belicheck.

    Key for Brady – is the O-LINE protection….What will Bruce/Licht do in draft?

  7. Joe Says:

    Do you think FAs would take less to play with Brady if he came here?

    Generally, not dudes who are as old as Suh and JPP. They are near the end of their careers. They know it is highly unlikely they will have jobs after football where they rake in eight-figures a year. So they want to get paid.

    JPP already has a ring. Suh played in a Super Bowl.

    Joe could see JPP going to a team that has a chance to win but guessing he would follow the money. Suh is a mercenary.

  8. Bird Says:

    You ready for that

    40 mil

    It would take that at 43 age

  9. MadMax Says:


  10. gp Says:

    Impact of signing Tom Brady.???
    Somewhere about the third game of the season, Blain Gaggert will be called upon to finish the season for injured Tom Brady

  11. MadMax Says:

    Mr. Godwin, please be friendly with changing your number 🙂

  12. gp Says:

    Saw the typo
    Decided to leave it

  13. gp Says:

    Bad move for Brady
    Bad move for us
    4-12 with Blain accounting for at least two of those

  14. REDZONE BA Fan Says:

    @Joe – Brady or other new QB. What is your opinion – if and when ME13 logs < 1000 yds, and no playoffs? Will WR's be happy? absent of playoffs?

    JW as QB, has elevated WR/TE careers/earnings/contracts….Hump/Brate/Perriman… And ME13 & Godwin stats. And those WR are AWESOME in their own regard. But a QB had to give them real opportunities.

  15. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Redzone you beat me to it. We have two of the top ten WRs because of Jameis. There is just no way they are both top 10 with Brady at the helm.
    Not that it would matter though if we went to the playoffs. I just thought it was funny that these WRs are glorified for both being top 10 but no mention of who was getting them their numbers.
    Without Jameis they aren’t both top 10.

  16. D1 Says:

    Red zone,

    Not just a QB. But there’s the scheme, the lack of a running game, no defense,
    On and on.

    There’s nothing wrong with spreading the credit. But if you do, leaving out all the other factors in lieu of just the QB is not intellectually honest or just plain honest.

    As far would receivers be happy with no playoff games and less production. I have to assume you believe that no playoffs and production is bringing joy joy feelings to the guys. Whatever, it’s not a smart question to pose.

  17. SteveK Says:

    Thanks Joe!

    Fair enough. Dudes want paid.

  18. EA Says:

    Brady is not leaving the Patriots and the Patriots aren’t letting him go, it’s all media hype.

  19. westernbuc Says:

    Running back and tackle can be fixed through the draft. He played behind a worse line last year with zero weapons. Throwing to Mike Evans and Chris Godwin? He’d salivate at that, It’s not about the money for Brady. He wants to go somewhere ready to win. All that matter is if he thinks the Bucs can win a Super Bowl in a year or two.

  20. Pete I Says:

    “Sources close to the team said that the frequency of Winston’s interceptions became a running joke between certain members of the coaching staff and they would occasionally try to guess when those interceptions would occur.”

    Well there it is then. Great quote….

  21. Defense Rules Says:

    Free Agency … PLEASE hurry up. The delusions are spreading.

  22. Defense Rules Says:

    Joe … Every one of my comments now going to the cooler, yet every one getting posted later. Gives one the impression that they’ve been ‘red-flagged’. Who’s the keeper of the dungeon? The IRS?

  23. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If we bring Brady in…..we will need to spend a high draft pick on a QB…..that will make it more difficult to draft a RT or RB because we will likely need to use a high draft pick on a DT to replace Suh.
    Brate would likely be retained with Brady….I suspect he would insist on it.

    I just don’t see Brady happening for the Bucs…….Rivers or Bridgewater more likely.

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

    The LAST thing the Bucs need in 2020 is Tom Brady !

  25. Formerly Tampa 2 Says:

    Rivers, Bridgewater, Carr, etc., same as Brady. An improvement & much better chance to win.

  26. Chris from Gville Says:

    Does anyone else question whether or not Brady will be Brady as we know him without Belichek? I see why everyone would love this move, but I don’t think it would work out for us. I’d prefer one more year of Jameis personally, but would rather have Bridgewater

  27. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    Since it’s the “Silly season”, let’s see some pictures of Tannehill and his extremely hot wife.

  28. MTM Says:

    These articles being critical of being able to afford Brady versus Winston are laughable. Like some how Winston is going to play for league minimum. At least with Brady the QB position is top tier. With Winston it’s just shedding tears.

  29. THETRUTH Says:

    They don’t have to let JPP or SUH go if they sign him. All you do is rework brate and the center’s contract. Nassib will be bye bye that’s ok. Plus I believe the cap may be going up for this year with the new contract.
    Brady 34m Shaq 17m SUH 10 and JPP 12 (63 mill still way under and that’s with reworking contracts ) those deals can also be made kore cap friendly.

  30. Jeagan1999 Says:

    My best guess is Brady goes to Titans, Chargers or Raiders, Rivers ends up in Indy, Dalton goes to NE and the Bucs either sign Bridgewater (and draft Eason or Hurts to groom) or swing a trade for Derek Carr. (And Jameis ends up in Miami, Vegas or LA)

    But if Brady did come to Tampa, he would be thrilled to have Evans and Godwin as weapons…..Not to mention OJ Howard and Brate! Brady was spoiled with Gronk at TE, and he is a QB who loves to get his TE’s involved in the passing game.

    One thing is for sure, the next 10 days are going to be interesting!

  31. Pewter power Says:

    No I don’t think he would demand an upgrade at guard here would look at film and see how both tackles were slow as hell and are weak links not our guards. The run game will instantly improve with that kind of quaterback under center. Say what you want but defenders look forward to Winston throwing the ball underneath where the majority of his mistakes happen

    Only thing stupid about this scheme is constantly seeing oj Howard matched up against d lineman like when he allowed Geraldine first sack of the season

  32. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    People DO realize that Brady’s decision making AND getting rid of the ball quickly are what makes him GREAT!

  33. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    My very good source (me) tells me that bc the Glazers like SPLASH, they sign Brady to a $35M contract, then sign Antonio Brown to a prove it deal, resign Shaq & JPP, draft a RT in the 1st, RB in the 2nd, and S in the 3rd and Payton Manning is hired to be the new GM.

    IMO, I love all of these moves. I think Payton will be an awesome GM and AB is a no brainer

  34. Ed Says:

    Whatever the Bucs would have to pay Brady would easily be covered by sellouts at Raymond James, sales of Brady’s new jersey’s, improved coverage of the team by national media.

    Remember, the NFL is the biggest sports brand in the US and Brady’s ability to win games with far lesser talent than the Bucs have would easily push the club to 10 win or plus territory.

    No brainer, if he wants to come here, you do it.

    Just like when the Bucs leveraged multiple draft picks to bring Gruden from Raiders, the franchise instantly changed. The same effect happens here.

    For Buc fans it would be a new lease on Sunday afternoons seeing Raymond James packed with fans.

  35. Bill Ragu Says:

    Joe thinks Jamoist is better than Brady. His man love for America’s turnover machine knows no bounds. #NoPlayoffs

  36. BucsFIRE Says:

    Ragu Sauce,

    However your obsession with the man is apparently unprecedented.

  37. Gambelero Says:

    Brady isn’t playing for the Glazer progeny, who have proven theimselves to be among the three worst ownership groups since their dad passed on control.

    He’s not interested in playing for a team with an oline as poor as ours.

    He’s more interested in slot receiver and tight end talent than wide receiver talent.

    He not interested in playing for a “set in his ways” boomer coach.

  38. Craig Says:

    The only way to get him here would be giving him a controlling interest in the team. It might be a good thing for everyone but the Glalzers aren’t going to do it.

  39. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    @””JOE….You sound so negative towards anything that involves moving on from Jameis! Stop! We’re Bucs fans not Winston fans…””
    I’m glad that more members are seeing this blog for what really is been transformed:
    a JW agenda/propaganda blog, that has nothing to do with Bucs improving or succeeding, if JW is not include.

    BA = LovieS 2.0

  40. BA Redzone Says:

    @D1. Not a Smart question to pose? Regarding ME13 and Godwin happiness if no playoffs and sub-par stats?

    1. I stated both would prefer playoffs in lieu of stats – winning matters!
    2. Regarding if stats matter to receivers, Ask UDFA’s Humphrey and Brate how happy they are with their money. How did Hump do this year in TN as a featured receiver? Brate’s numbers are down due to BA’s offense (scheme)and infatuation w OJ. If this year was their “contract” yr, do you think they have the same coin in their wallets? Uh, don’t think so! Yep, stats matter. Perriman shined when focused on by JW. Not so much in his other 5 stops. You think Perriman going to get paid this offseason for any other reason? Stats matter to receivers.
    3. ME13 and Godwin are studs in any offense; but w Teddy at the helm, or Brady, my opinion, is we will NOT have 2- 1000 yard receivers. If playoffs- woohoo, all good in Bucworld! But if for some reason, we miss playoffs, and at same time ME13 has his first sub-1000 yd season, that dude will not be happy. Godwin tasted Pro-bowl for first time. Hmm, due to stats. He was same awesome stud his first few years, no Pro-bowl. That is not to imply that both guys will flounder with another QB. Again – studs Who want to win. But don’t kid yourself, stats matter to guys who are paid to catch for a living.

    ME13 and Godwin are the face of the Bucs on offense. So if they are not happy next year, for whatever reason, yeah D1, it matters.

  41. rrsrq Says:

    FA – Brady (QB)
    FA – Melvin Gordon (RB)
    FA – Leonard Williams (DL)
    FA – Anthony Harris (S)
    Sign our own – Shaq, JPP, Nassib
    1. Best available or trade back and take RT Josh Jones, DL Kinlaw or Edge Chaisson
    2. Isaiah Wilson (RT – UGA) or BA
    3. Jalen Hurts (Taysom Hill effect)
    4. RB – A. J. Dillon
    5. Best Available WR
    6. LB Shaq Quarterman

  42. WestChap Says:

    We’ve come a long way in only a few weeks. I now believe TB12 is leaving NE whereas before I would have bet anything it was just click bait. Ditto on Jameis… I now believe Bruce is done with him whereas I would have bet anything all the talk before was just public negotiating.

    Now that we’re here its as simple as “why not us?”

    Brady isn’t chasing money, so all the capologists trying to fit a $40M QB into a winning roster can relax. As for legacy padding, we have talent at key spots and what’s better than being first QB to play at home in SB and the undisputed team savior after 15yrs+ of mediocrity? Our big weakness is friendships… no way do a few Foxboro chats with Licht equate to Vrabel in Tenn.

    So… we all saw the heart emoji to AB and we all know we likely can’t afford Perriman… and, yes, I know AB is nuts but how about we bring him in as the speed burner so Tom has someone in camp that he cares about? Heck, if Tom can help AB sort out his life… you get double legacy points for being a quality human and AB’s talent on the field. Rumor has it that AB is free to chat with any team at any time given he’s not under contract, right? He might even agree to 24 hour supervision and some bubble wrap to protect him from himself…

    Bruce, you should have only one question this bright Saturday: Where is AB? (Ok, 2 questions) And, how do I get his number? One tweet should do the trick!

  43. Tampa Bay Demon Says:


    I really don’t like the AB idea. I have heard a couple of people mention that, and I am not sure why. We just don’t need him.. AT ALL.

    I think the only reason Brady “liked” AB in NE, was that he had nothing else to throw to.. (with an unhealthy Edelman and literally nothing else).

    Brady would certainly not have that problem here. He has a TON to throw to.

  44. soggy Says:

    I really do not think brady would come here but for those that say he would not last here well you can not sack a qb much if he does not have the ball very long, accurate fast decision and release that is needed in any QB not just for the bucs.. and with a qb like that the defence has to adjust making it more difficult to sack. Jw lacks all of that..

  45. WestChap Says:


    I 100% agree on AB in isolation. But, as a means to an end (TB12 in TB) I could live with it now that AB is showing some signs of remorse and sanity… and I only mention it because TB responded to AB’s tweet. They must have developed some connection beyond just AB’s talent for TB to stay involved with him publicly (late night chats while AB stayed with The Bradys in NE?). Again, without TB I’d run the other way but if it helps land him…

  46. View from 132 Says:

    Ridiculous. He is a QB. What demands did Montana make of the Chiefs? What did Favre make the Viking GM do? If he wants to be a GM, he should retire and be one.

  47. Howard Cosell Says:

    glasers go-to plan is sign a big name but washed up vet to stir up a little ticket sales and relevancy before the harsh reality of another year of buc football sets in like a black cloud

  48. Howard Cosell Says:

    * Bucs sign Brady
    * Brady is out for the season before the 1st game is over
    * Bucs go 2-14 and pick a QB in the first round
    * First round QB is bust, Bucs trade or release him


  49. SteveK Says:


    How would Brady get injured? Injuries happen, and if your prediction rang true, we’d be in position to draft Trevor Lawrence. I like his chances to being a great QB better than Jameis’ right now, and he’d be on a rookie contract.