Mike Evans Sure Doesn’t Think Tom Brady Returns

February 16th, 2022

Mike Evans talks Tom Brady. (Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.)

Either Mike Evans is a damn good poker player or he is convinced former (?) Bucs quarterback Tom Brady has taken his last snap for the Bucs.

In a recent interview Evans did for Yahoo!, he was really down in the dumps when he began talking about Brady and his exit from the Bucs.

It seems prior to the Tuesday morning retirement announcement Brady had on social media a week after the Bucs lost to the Rams in the playoffs, Brady had a group text chat with the Bucs’ skill position players.

It sure seems from that group text that Evans became convinced Brady is done. And while Evans didn’t detail specifics from Brady, you can tell by the way Evans talks and how depressed he is about the subject he doesn’t believe Brady is playing people.

“He texted us right before [his social media posts], put us all in a group chat, the Bucs skill guys and, you know, let us know how he felt about us and things like that,” Evans said, “So, greatest player ever, hardest worker, most prepared guy at his job. At any job, I mean, he’s so prepared. He makes sure everybody else is prepared.

“I mean, we’re going to miss him so much. It’s going to be a huge blow. It’s going to be tough to replace a guy like that, obviously.”

Evans admitted that when he noticed Adam Schefter’s tweet the Saturday before Brady sent his text, breaking the news, he watered up. To that point, Evans said he was having a helluva day.

Weren’t we all?

23 Responses to “Mike Evans Sure Doesn’t Think Tom Brady Returns”

  1. adam from ny Says:

    maybe something went down that’s remained inside info and we are just not privy to it…

    it supposedly was a tight locker room, so maybe it just hasn’t leaked out to what exactly made brady retire, or at least abandon his post on the ship

  2. adam from ny Says:

    also mike is a real team vet and team leader…and future hall of famer…

    one good thing that came out of this whole brady thing is mike probably witnessed a whole new level of competing, and preparation to compete while working with tom…

    and he can carry that moving forward – so that can’t be a bad thing at all…in fact he can take some of these goat like lessons and traits he witnessed and pass them on and instill them in future bucs…

    tom brought a little bit of that new england style and ethic to tampa, and left an imprint with anyone who knows it’s good to be a sponge when a goat is in the building

  3. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Brady signed a 2 year deal, just maybe that is part of the 10% of what he says is that actually the truth.
    As it has been quoted from Brady many times on JBF, 90% of what Brady says is BS.
    Brady did the Bucs and himself a solid last year, working the Salary the cap to make another run for a Lombardi.

    We will see if what Brady had originally done, by signing 2 year deal, is part of the 10% or the 90%

    No matter what happens, Brady will be on the roster until June, because the Bucs are not going to have 32 million of dead money, that is for sure.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  4. Dean Giusti Says:

    Back to being insignificant for the next 20 yrs.

  5. #1bucsfan Says:

    Deff getting tired of all this Brady will be back. Like he retired let’s move on. We get a new QB this year n a lot of new faces a diff positions. No matter who is QB or WR or DE let’s go Bucs. The kyle trask era is about to begin lol

  6. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Getting a little tired of the drama. With Brady the Bucs were a virtual lock to win the division at the very least. Brady quit. Get over it. Build a team around Trask and move on. Brady didn’t pack up all the talent on the team and take it with him. We have a base to build on, and the rest of the teams in the NFCS play the same schedule we do. Our guys are better now than what they were when Brady came here. It’s not that Brady doesn’t want to play anymore. He doesn’t want to play for this team. He doesn’t want to play for the Bucs. He was a hired gun. We still have a team. We still have a QB. Build on what we have with Trask. No more hired guns that destroy our cap. Licht drafted Trask with a plan in mind. The plan just got moved up a year because Brady took his under inflated ball and went home. It’s time to move on.

  7. 1sparkybuc Says:

    And NO to the pervert in Houston. If there’s any justice left in the state of Texas he will spend the next 20 years locked away with people more than happy to give him what he wants.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Mike knows better than all of the media schmucks combined….but Mike really doesn’t know because Brady probably doesn’t know…..until Brady knows, we don’t.

  9. Hodad Says:

    Brady mentioned how hard it was learning a new offense. He for sure won’t do that again. He has to be prepared, and know what he’s doing. He’s not going to job into s foreign offense anytime soon. So there’s only two teams he could step in and play for. Us, and the Raiders with McDanials as coach. He’s not building a home in Miami with a giant yacht to move to the desert. So the only team that makes sense is the Bucs where he’s comfortable. Where he’s really comfortable is out of football. He’s not coming back.

  10. Jordan Says:

    Lovie Smith defended Jameis Winston left and right through all of his legal allegations/“issues”

    I don’t see why he wouldn’t do the same for Deshaun Watson

    He’s not the GM or owner of course, but they chose to hire him for multiple reasons. Could be one of them for all we know.

  11. adam from ny Says:

    what if:

    tom gravy is no idiot…what if after the rams game he went to talk to BA at some point because he was totally pissed about bowles fianl coaching moves…

    and said to BA: “fire bowles or i’m done bruce”…

    and now they are having a quiet little mexican standoff…

    what if…

  12. adam from ny Says:

    typo: ^^^

    bowles final coaching moves…

  13. Razor Ramone Says:

    I’m with you Adam, hopefully that maniacal drive to be the MOST prepared team every Sunday has rubbed off on enough guys (especially young guys) to keep this team pointed in the right direction. It would be a great legacy. Go Bucs!!

  14. Robert Says:

    well, at least ME is again the best player on the team.

    and I am with adam. no reason that game did not go to OT

  15. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Someone posted this, and I tend to agree with it “It’s not that Brady doesn’t want to play anymore. He doesn’t want to play for this team. He doesn’t want to play for the Bucs.”

  16. Niles Says:

    Speaking of Mike Evans, here is what he said in an interview posted on the NFL’s website just a few days ago:

    “I know Kyle is a really talented guy. He sat behind Tom, watched a lot, observed. He’s a really talented guy. He has really great arm talent, and he’s a student of the game.” – Mike Evans

    Sounds like all you Trask-haters need to call Mike Evans and explain to him why he’s wrong!

  17. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Evan’s said it himself, Brady gets those around him prepared to. Not the case with the couching staff, they weren’t around they were preparing for interviews and BA as always the synsequencial delegater asleep at the wheel AGAIN! He was probably preparing for his next MMA training session.

  18. Listnfrmafar Says:

    I was going to write coaching not couching but we can leave it at that.

  19. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Not sure what I wrote that warranted Joe removing it but it’s gone. Censorship at it’s finest. Go Brandon!

  20. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Oops there it is, sorry Joe, just took time coming out.

  21. Wesley Says:

    He’s done people need to except this. Stop listening to some the b.s. media.

  22. AB Says:


    except if he was giving any ultimatums it was to Licht about BA…not to BA about anyone else…

    there is too much of a lax, unstudied atmosphere to the Bucs for Brady’s liking…

    midway through the season he was explicitly talking about ‘many years’ in Tampa, playing at 45, playing until he sucked, etc…

    obviously something changed throughout the course of the year that made him think differently – and the primary thing was his continued exposure to the Bucs (maybe he wanted OBJ, maybe he is pissed that BA had to be the bully with his ‘get the F*** out of here’ handling of AB, etc.)

  23. steele Says:

    I would trust the perspective of Evans and members of the offensive unit over the speculations and hot air of national sports mediots. (I would not, on the other hand, trust goofball Gronk, who always cheerleads.)