“I Think He Likes The Fact That We Tell Him Who We’re Thinking Of Signing”

May 11th, 2021

The “two-way-street” between Tom Brady and decision-makers at One Buc Palace when it comes to personnel decisions was explored yesterday for a national audience.

Rich Eisen was the guy probing Super Bowl Bucs general manager Jason Licht on Peacock. 

Eisen called it a “touchy” subject to be approached ”gingerly.”

Licht said there’s nothing to dance around.

”It’s a fair question, but he came to our team because of the great coaching that we have, the great head coach and the great players,” Licht began. ”He wants to play with great players. There’s never been a conversation of ‘you better get this guy’ or ‘well, we don’t want that guy’. I’ve never talked to him about the draft. Bruce [Arians] and I did mention to him leading up to the draft that we may take a quarterback; we would do that with any great quarterback, let alone The Goat. But I hate to sound cliché, but he trusted in the plan that we wanted to bring everybody back.

And there were really never any side conversations about, ‘How far along are we with this guy? What should I do? What can we do? Move on from him.’ He’s not like that. He’s a great leader. He’s got the players’ trust and he trusts us.”

Licht went on to clarify that Bucs officials keep Brady in the loop on personnel moves before they happen, and that Brady is eager to influence a potential signing. Brady reached out to Giovani Bernard and Leonard Fournette, Licht implied, to recruit after the Bucs brass gave the green light.

”I think he likes the fact that we tell him, you know, who we’re thinking of signing every once in a while, particularly if it’s going to help him on the offense,” Licht said. ”But in terms of having a meeting where we go over the board and talk about all of our plans. That’s just not his style. He trusts us, like I said.”

Joe believes Licht, but Joe also believes there’s a lot of gray area when it comes to Brady’s influence, especially in 2020.

Regardless, it all works beautifully, perhaps more perfectly than it has with any team in the modern era.

26 Responses to ““I Think He Likes The Fact That We Tell Him Who We’re Thinking Of Signing””

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    TB12 must’ve been taking a whiz during the 2nd rd debacle and phone call

  2. lambeau Says:

    Mutual respect–I wonder why it’s so hard to come by in Seattle, Green Bay, New England, Houston, Philadelphia, etc.

  3. SB~LV Says:

    Professional curiosity…
    pinch me !
    A wonderful opium dream in the typical hell of being a Buc fan

  4. Swampbuc Says:

    Those old bucfan gremlins who have given me PTSD for cheering for this franchise since 1976 are now telling me a meteor will hit the RayJay the day before the opener and force the season to be played as all away games.

    It’s simply been going too well.

  5. Crotch McGss Says:

    Headline is right but facts are flipped. Pretty sure Arians and Licht like that Brady lets them know…

  6. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    MP you must be so happy for perceived negative Buc news. It must have killed a troll like you to see the Bucs win it all.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    All Brady had to say was…”I’m a little concerned with his arm”….or anything like that and Trask would have been toast.
    Licht said…..Brady doesn’t say “Don’t take that guy”……no….he doesn’t have to go that far.


    The main thing wrong with being a “one trick pony”….(single subject)….is that when you are wrong, you are wrong on everything.

  8. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Ignore the trolls.

  9. PSL Bob Says:

    Give it a rest Pete. We’re kind of picking up on how you feel about Trask

  10. Buc50 Says:

    Everyone knew the Bucs liked Trask except for Stoned Pete. Trask is a Buc now so move on.

  11. 40tds Says:

    MP is REALISTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Is killing him not to use exclamation point!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Trask may be a future HOFer for all I know, but can someone please explain to me how he contributes this year or next, within the context of 17 game schedule and more physical toll on players from playoffs?
    I get it, he’s a pick for the future- fine, what about now when the team is assembled for another run. Trask fans seem to think there wouldn’t be another QB prospect in 2 years available or a FA QB fit.
    Not hating on Trask, just want to hear a convincing justification for spending a 2nd round pick this year for an inactive player this year.

  13. geno711 Says:

    This article makes the most sense to me.
    More than Brady hand picked all the players.
    Brady was the main influence on Gronk coming for sure.
    Other free agents came to the Buc’s because they think the Buc’s can win with Brady at quarterback.

    Brady is just kept in the loop and then calls some guys to entice them to come over.

    But Brady is also running the Arians offense with input from Brady as the season continued. It was clearly not the New England offense at any point last year.

  14. Hodad Says:

    Why wouldn’t you want the GOATS input? He’s been in the league for 20 years playing with, and against some of the greatest in the game.

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    I am with you 100%……don’t think we needed to pick a QB this year…..and it makes no sense to keep 4 QBs on the active roster….keep 3 and one on the PS…

    But, even though I didn’t want a QB…especially in the 2nd round…I’m not going to take it out on Trask…..he didn’t pick himself…..

  16. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    ^^^ I am going to take it one step further. Don’t know anything about Trask. I would not have taken a QB with a 2nd RD pick, and I really like all of the other picks. Don’t want to carry 4 QBs, that seems like a stupid waste. But…

    I am going to assume Licht knows what he is doing… seems like a reasonable assumption. And that Licht sees potential in Trask – that he might be able to be a starting QB. Last assumption is that I think Licht knows more than any of the posters on here… actually, make that “all of the posters on here combined”.

  17. SB Says:

    Alan………..HOW in the world do you not get the fact that the Bucs are looking at the future??!! By pulling off the nearly Impossible feat of bringing back the whole roster we weren’t even TRYING to find a starter for this yr. We are stacking up for the future and depth.
    Take the blinders off man.

  18. 813bucboi Says:


    what makes you think any of the rookie will contribute this year or next?…

    the 1st round DE might not be able to get on the field over nelson and cam gil….i’d take nelson over this rookie right now….

    why wait 2years to plug a hole when you can plug it now….lol…

    drafting trask allows him to learn with no pressure for at least 2years….

    what makes you think a DT or CB or DE or LB or OL would come in and make a bigger impact than trask….

    a 2nd round DT aint getting in rotation over VV, Suh, Nachos, Gholston, Steve Mc, K. Davis….

    we’re going for 2…we dont have time for a CB to take reps away from Davis, Dean ,SMB, whitehead, winfield, edwards….

    LVD and DW dont come off the field….Minter is there in case of injury…you want to trust a rookie(last pick in the 2nd round) to become the field general?

    we have our starting OL coming back plus 2 backs….the kid outta ND wont see the field….

    the rookie WR may see ST snaps….

    folks complaining about 4 QBs…no way we’re keeping 5 RBs….lol…

    the trask pick was great!!!…and we can still pick a QB 2years down the road if needed….JL doesnt have all his eggs in the trask basket….lol…

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  19. 813bucboi Says:



    the bucs drafted all their “gatekeepers” in this years draft…lol…

    this draft was about depth and development for the future….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  20. Alanbucsfan Says:

    If you’re inactive, you can’t be “next man up”
    A deeper active roster improves the chances of winning.

  21. 813bucboi Says:

    Alanbucsfan Says:
    May 11th, 2021 at 10:36 am
    If you’re inactive, you can’t be “next man up”

    why not?…that changes from week to week…

    flexibility helps create a deeper roster…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  22. adam from ny Says:

    when i was a kid, most qbs were drafted only to sit on the bench for years…many years…like 3 or 4 years and just learn…then they got their shot once they were seasoned…

    then in the more recent era qbs have been drafted and immediately thrown to the wolves – i never understood why this changed – except for financial reasons – since this relatively new way to draft a qb was formatted, the league has produces so many more busts than bomb azz quarterbacks…

    trask is an old schpol type qb…and handling him in an old school manner might be just what the doctor ordered for the kid…he might sit behind brady like a student of the game, and then slide into the position like a well seasoned pro, if handled like they did it back in previous eras…

    just saying

  23. adam from ny Says:

    and hey if he sucks…everyone will just call our qb “trash”


  24. Ray Says:

    Adam from ny. I often wondered the same thing about sitting QB’s to give them time to learn the system and the make-up of the NFL. We all know that there are plenty of QB’s that were thrown to the wolves and a year or 2 later after being chased around, Hit and even injured that they just could not make it. Look at what happend with 1st rounder from last year Joe Burrow or even RG Griffin who looked promising but after injury just was not the same. Not saying that this could happen with Burrow but you just don’t know. The list of 1st, 2nd year QB’s goes on and on about how they were highly regarded and then not…

  25. Mike C Says:

    Medpete, we get it! Stop before you become the next Npup.

  26. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Drafting Trask this year gives the Bucs a quality player who will be familiar with the coaches, system, and players. The TRANSITION from Brady to Trask, whenever that happens, will be much smoother than having to throw a rookie into the fire. Brady’s influence on this team will be carried on in the future with Trask, not anyone else in the QB room. Transitions are important. A rookie coming in after Brady is gone might as well have read about it in the history books. Trask will take the handoff and run with it.