Jason Licht: There Is No Quarterback Controversy

May 1st, 2021

Bucs starting QB Tom Brady.

Last night, after Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht was finished with his work on Day 2 of the draft, he reassured Bucs fans who may have been wringing their hands.

Despite the Bucs drafting quarterback Kyle Trask in the second round, the starting quarterback job is Tom Brady’s for as long its desired by the park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking, tequila-shooting, smartphone-phobic, waffle-grilling, trophy-throwing, roller-coaster-scared, numbers-rules-peeved, Bucs-Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

With the news Thursday that Aaron Rodgers, in part, has had a major hissy fit over the Packers drafting Jordan Love in 2020 and is threatening retirement unless he is traded, and the not-so-long-ago news that reportedly Brady was miffed at the Belicheats for drafting Jimmy GQ in 2014, Licht was asked if he had cleared the decision to draft Trask with Mr. Seven Rings.

It’s all good with the soon-to-be 44-year old quarterback, Licht said.

“Oh, I think it will go very smooth,” Licht said of the Trask selection and what they may or may not mean for Brady. “Tom is the ultimate team guy. And I don’t think Tom is worried about anybody taking his job.

“We had some casual conversations throughout the last few weeks that if the scenario might come up where we could take a quarterback — I don’t have many conversations with Tom about the draft — he was totally fine. He understands. He wants what is best for the team.”

And Licht made it crystal clear as long as Brady can stand upright, the Bucs starting quarterback job is his.

“Tom is going to play as long as Tom wants to play,” Licht said. “He has earned that right.”

Now also last night Joe noticed that when Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians spoke, he mentioned there were internal discussions about taking Trask with the No. 32 pick overall, the Bucs’ first-round selection.

A loyal reader of Joe’s on Twitter wisely pointed out this may have to do with the fifth-year options afforded first-round picks. If Trask is going to sit the next two or three (or four?) years with Brady starting, that fifth-year option could come in handy keeping Trask’s price under control.

46 Responses to “Jason Licht: There Is No Quarterback Controversy”

  1. SB~LV Says:

    lol… the only controversy is the sanity of those engaged in that conversation!

  2. bojim Says:

    Who would even think that?

  3. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Well that’s good. Trask is the next Brady/Montana according to some.

  4. Mitch Says:

    I think the 5th year option would have been nice, but I still think they drafted the right position first in EDGE and still got their guy for the future in the 2nd.

    Also, Rodgers comes off as the new age wannabe cool guy but is mentally soft when it matters type.

  5. Medicated Pete Says:

    His right arm is a dangling fettuccini noodle but he’s still better than Trent Dilfer

  6. geno711 Says:

    I am not saying that Trask will work out because I do not know.

    But in one respect, as you have already mentioned, this could just be so nice for Trask and the Bucs in the end.

    Kyle gets to learn from Arians, Clyde, Byron, Tom (advisor), Tom, and Blaine. He is not pressured to be a savior for Bucs fans. All of us want Tom Brady playing for at least the 2 years he is under contract. Then if Tom Brady is gone two years from now, a young man with a good mentality to work hard on his craft, has the good size this coaching staff appreciates and works on his release, defense recognition, and footwork with real pro’s across the board.

    This coaching staff does know how to coach. It is obvious. I really would bet that Kyle Trask in year 3 would play very well for this team if Brady ultimately decides to retire. 2.3 seconds may be ingrained into him by that time – why would that be so hard to believe.

  7. Casual Observer Says:

    Of course, it’s a gamble. But I wouldn’t bet against Trask developing nicely to succeed the GOAT. Worth the risk (if you want a biscuit.)

  8. SB~LV Says:

    Nothing preventing the Bucs and Trask from agreeing to a 5th year option contract

  9. Youngbucs Says:

    Like I said he might not see the field until his 5th year option 😂I’m might be pushing it.

  10. Nprbuc Says:

    Brady feeling threatened by Trask? Take off the bong mask! I haven’t commented much as I just enjoy reading the Joe’s takes and some of the silliness that follows on this site. The Bucs have had an A draft so far with gems yet to be uncovered. Our team knows what they are doing and why. We Couch Coaches know only enough about the decisions being made to be dangerous. Trust in the GM and coaches. They do this for a living. 😀 Thank you Joe’s for an outstanding site and helping make sense out this crazy draft business.Best blog available for all things Bucs!

  11. The Red Mirage Says:

    Complete non-story. Just an excuse to type Brady’s nickname paragraph. Again. Your better than that Joe.

  12. SKBucsFan Says:

    Who would think there is a controversy? If you do, then give your head a shake. If it falls off, then kick it for me please.

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    I didn’t see the need to draft a QB at this point in time, cause who’s going to develop him while they’re trying for 2?….But what ev’s. Then he might not see the field for years.

    Kind of a wasted pick imo.

  14. Infomeplease Says:

    With a lot of hard work, this team, with it’s depth at so many positions, May very well become the next “America’s Team”. Go Bucs!

  15. Cobraboy Says:

    SB~LV is correct: the CBA does not state a 5th-year option is off the table.

  16. alton d green Says:

    I knew this day was coming but after 1 yr?????????????? Tom Brady just took the Bucs from Whoopi Goldberg to Ms. USA!!!!!!!!!! Somebody needs a freakn hobby

  17. ModHairKen Says:

    How stupid. That’s like telling somebody when you strap a two-year-old into the car seat that “don’t worry he won’t be driving.” I mean seriously what is somebody saying, “gosh the Bucs must be really upset they only won the Super Bowl last year. That’s why they drafted a quarterback.”

  18. Kentucky Buc Says:

    It’s sad that you even had to say this Joe.

  19. Cdog76 Says:

    I thought 5th year option was only for 1st round picks.

  20. ModHairKen Says:

    Also you don’t draft a guy in the first round, when he is not a first round talent, solely because you want to get a fifth your option.

    Because Trask will sit on the bench for the next three years, when his contract is up, he will not have any play on tape and zero interest. There will be 1001 flavors of the month coming out in the draft over the next four years.

    And that’s the way it is.

  21. Rich 12 Says:

    Brady is going to retire sooner than later, a plan must be in place
    Jason knows exactly what he is doing..I would bet money that trask works out better than all the haters say..

  22. SB Says:

    Medicated Pete Says:
    May 1st, 2021 at 11:34 am
    His right arm is a dangling fettuccini noodle but he’s still better than Trent Dilfer


    PFF Draft
    Kyle Trask on throws 20+ yards downfield this season:

    Rocket 38 completions (1st)
    Rocket 16 touchdowns (2nd)
    Rocket 0 interceptions

    Keep taking those meds and being a Sheep Pete.

  23. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Rogers was pissed because he wanted weapons not a backup QB. Brady has what he wants. Still, injuries happen. Would’ve liked to see more defensive depth. I don’t dislike Trask as prospect.

  24. Show Me the TDs Says:

    Thanks, Captain Obvious!

  25. TampaTown Says:

    Medicated pick

    I guess a night’s sleep didn’t do you any good. You need to consider taking a Xanax, smoking a blunt, or since it’s Saturday, start drinking right now, maybe all three. You need to r-e-l-a-x

  26. 6throundpick Says:

    Licht: Tom has earned that right.

    And that about sums up the difference between the NE style and TB style. Please be reminded that TB12 save Krafty more than $180M, according to one Boston Globe article. And Belichick used to use TB’s team-friendly rate to bring the rest down…can’t have you making more than TB12.

  27. BradentuckeyBuc Says:

    Thirsty, click bait at its finest.
    Kentucky beat me to it but Rodgers had every right to be teed. Theyre making a super bowl run and he NEEDED more tools on offense, so instead they draft his heir with a extremely valuable pick…nonsense!
    Brady already has an overflowing toolbox…Trask is a luxury pick with no glaring needs on either side of the ball.

  28. buc15 Says:

    We could sign Jesus himself and there would still be zero qb controversy

  29. Oneilbuc Says:

    Man yall have to get off the Brady playing 4 or 5 more years because he’s not. I know it’s a lot of Patriots/ Brady fans on here. And I’m cool with it and understand how you feel. But to the real bucs fan we have to give him a chance. Brady was not a great quarterback in college . He didn’t even start in college so that’s why he failed to a 6 round pick . That’s why the Brady Belichick argument was plan stupid. Belichick develop Brady and he set Brady for a year and a half . People act like Brady came in and was already ready to start he wasn’t. If it wasn’t for Belichick you would have never heard of Brady. So I give both of them credit for their succes. Bill gave Brady good to great defenses to play with that won a lot of games for the Patriots . Some of yall are to young to remember that about Brady. So it’s going to be the same thing for Trask to be successful. He’s going to need a good runningback who can put up 1,200 yards a season because of the extra game that’s why I say 1200 that means he’s a threat. Our defense I think will be good enough. To me don’t have to become a hall of fame quarterback it would be nice if he do . I just hope that the bucs learned from the pass when comes to developing a quarterback . Throwing the ball 45 times a game ain’t gonna help him develop .

  30. Oneilbuc Says:

    Buc15. Brady must be your god to say some stupid stuff like that !!

  31. Pewter Power Says:

    That’s a media thing bringing up something that sounds absolutely absurd after winning the super bowl how could there possibly be a quarterback controversy. For all these Kyle trask fans he’s the last quarterback on the depth chart today, BA is ol skool why would he be ahead of anyone with years in the system?

  32. Bucsfan4_life Says:

    The Red Mirage Says:
    May 1st, 2021 at 11:44 am
    Complete non-story. Just an excuse to type Brady’s nickname paragraph. Again. Your better than that Joe.

    You know that moniker is macros or pasted, no way he types that every time lol

  33. Youngbucs Says:

    Oneilbucs how do you know how long he plays? You have been wrong about everything you’ve said on these threads for 2-3 years. Especially your thoughts and predictions about Brady. Oneilbucs saw an elite QB last year and mad smh.

  34. Youngbucs Says:

    Oneilbucs you are aware that Brady was 1 of the best QBs last year right? You are aware that he is 1 of the best in the league still right? Get over it you beat the drum for mediocre QB play. Then get an elite QB and can’t wait to get rid of him you are a moron when it comes to football. Our opinions are our opinions but why are yours always wrong?

  35. Joe Says:

    Complete non-story. Just an excuse to type Brady’s nickname paragraph. Again. Your better than that Joe.


    With all the ruckus Aaron Rodgers is raising this week and knowing how Brady was miffed about the Jimmy GQ draft pick in New England, to not ask if Brady is cool with the pick is pretty irresponsible.

  36. David Says:

    People think it’s a controversy because he didn’t like the Jimmy G pick a few years back. And Aaron Rodgers didn’t like love last year. This is different. Brady is 43. When you’re a little younger you want the team to provide you help. He is 43 now, Trask and sit for two years. There isn’t much else they could do to help him, the TEs and receivers and line are all great and they already beefed up the running game. This is the perfect guy to sit in learn

  37. Youngbucs Says:

    Another thing if it so easy to develop a young QB because all he needs is a run gm and defense. Wouldn’t ever team have a franchise QB???? This is a QB driven league yes u need defense yes u want to run the ball. But let’s stop trying to diminish how hard it is to play QB and even harder to find 1. It’s levels to playing QB and a lot of that is on the QB also!!!!

  38. windbaggery Says:

    Duh… A rookie QB with average athleticism and an average arm doesn’t even merit discussion of creating a QB controversy with the GOAT. RUFKM?

    Trask excites noone.

  39. Bucanero Says:

    It’s not Trask’s fault but it was a bad pick. This draft should have been about being all in with Brady and going for two not about the future QB side project when Brady retires. Bummer pick by management. We were in control of the narrative and now we are going to have the bobble heads making a distraction out of this. The Bucs just bought a lot of nonsense noise for no reason. Bad decision by management.

  40. Cainishere Says:

    Brady understands and is probably excited to teach the youngster a thing or two. To think Brady is threatened by Trask is ludicrous. That’s not what teams are about. Oh and this stupid comparison about Bill and Brady who gets the credit is obvious. With Brady Bill has a winning record. Without Brady Bill has a losing record. Nuff said.


    Unlike Belichick that would sell his son for a dozen of donuts it appears Bucs are loyal to him. A confident Brady is a dangerous man. He has to be on cloud 9 playing in Tampa.

  42. Redhotpirates Says:

    History tells that an old QB, and still good and intend to play 2+ years, dislike the arrival of a young promising QB from the 1 and 2 round.

    To say that there is no subject here guys because Brady is a lot better than Trask, is not what history tells us.

    The commitment of BUCS organisation to Brady is important here. Joe is, again, as usual, right!
    You don’t need to look a long way back in history to see how it can affect a team. Just one year ago a certain J. Love was taking in GB,… look at the mess with A Rodgers now. Pretty scary if you want my opinion,…

    Well, of course, Brady as a lot better relationship with BUCS, and Brady has a lot of incredibles WR here. The best! The BUCS O-Line is far superior, and we can say that of almost the entire team. Arians is a fantastic coach.

    BUCS had to make sure Brady don’t feel push however.Must. And if Brady and Kyle Mesh well, the sky is the limit.

    But it’s a tricky thing to add a new QB in the first 1-2 round with an aging QB. This is playing with fire,… if you look at the history in sports.

    Everything will be well in the BUCS case. The situation of Brady here is lightyears away from GB!


  43. Bbro Says:

    Whoever would even imagine this must be entertaining their first season of football that actually got on board when the boat celebrations begun 😂

  44. #1bucsfan Says:

    Super stoked about the first 3 picks. JOE WONT agree here but what we did not only gave us some depth while going for 2 but it sets us up for the future at the same time. JOE said he doesn’t want to hear the word development but sorry you have to be able to multi task to keep yourself relevant in this league. Don’t want to be a flash in the pan just cause Brady was here. We can still go for 2 and develop players for the future which is exactly what our first 3 picks are. Tyron will help keep jpp and saq fresh hopefully with out much drop off. Trask keeping fingers crossed won’t see the field but only in the 4th when we are up by 28 points lol the oline men can play anywhere on the line and will be great depth and all 3 most likely of developed right will replace a aging starter and keep on ticking with a skipping a beat. Let’s go Bucs

  45. unbelievable Says:

    Ummm…. duh?

  46. BUCFAN4LIFE Says:

    Trask KNOWS that he’ll hold the clipboard and LEARN from TB12. until he retires . That WILL be time well spent for Kyle’s development for sure . Can’t go wrong there learning from the “Maestro” .