So What Quarterback(s) Were The Bucs After?

March 28th, 2022

Enjoying franchise rebirth.

So Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians said he’s been “drinking too much” since Tom Brady unretired. Hey, you’d be doing shots every night too if the team you coached had Brady fall in its lap out of the sky.

(Joe thinks it is a safe bet some Bucs fans have raised a Big Storm Brewing beer each night since Brady unretired. No harm in that!)

Joe guesses NFL Network reporter Steve Wyche caught Arians in a hotel bar in South Florida on Saturday night where NFL owners and shot-callers have gathered for the annual spring owners meetings. (Joe and Ira are down there as Joe types this.)

In a piece Wyche filed Sunday morning, Arians was awfully candid about how the Bucs were in the market for a quarterback prior to Brady returning. And no, just from Arians’ words it sure didn’t seem like the Bucs were after free agent Blaine Gabbert, at least not aggressively, reporter Marc Sessler recounted.

“We had started to uncover as many stones as we possibly could,” Arians told NFL Network’s Steve Wyche during an interview at the Annual league Meeting. “We would’ve turned over every stone. … Jason did his calls. We were in the midst of all that stuff when Tom decided to come back and thank God we could say, ‘No thanks, brother. We’re out of it.'”

Now, the Bucs needed to make one phone call (if necessary) for Gabbert. You call his agent, offer him starter money, done.

So just by Arians’ words, it sure smells like the Bucs were in the process of working on a trade. To whom and for whom is anyone’s guess.

Were the Bucs really in the market for Deshaun Watson? Did Licht know the Browns wanted to wash their hands of Baker Mayfield? Were the Bucs going to take a stab at Carson Wentz?

This is all very interesting to Joe and suggests Gabbert wasn’t behind Door No. 1 or even Door No. 2, but perhaps Door No. 14.

12 Responses to “So What Quarterback(s) Were The Bucs After?”

  1. SB Says:

    To turn over every stone is called ‘due diligence’. If they didn’t do so they don’t deserve Jobs at that level. Gonna be funny when TB doesn’t go to Miami, Orlovsky has to have feathers in his teeth and we win another SB!

  2. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    @SB I agree!

  3. cmurda Says:

    If TB goes to Miami, it will be in 2023 at the earliest. I’ll worry about 2023 in 2023. Tom has earned the right to do as he wishes in the future. In 2022, he’s 100% playing right here for the best NFL team on the planet. Go Bucs!

  4. Ash Says:

    Would be awesome if they kept turning over those stones and making those calls for some pash rush up the middle might not be in the draft at all and if it is not at 27.

  5. westernbuc Says:

    Like I said before Brady came back, if Gabbert is the starter then why isn’t he on the roster?

  6. Stanglassman Says:

    They were 1 of the half dozen teams trying to get Watson. I think they would have made it clear that they weren’t otherwise.

  7. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    Breaking news!!!
    The Miami dolphins are finalizing a deal for Tom Brady for 10 first round draft pics.
    Pictures at 8.
    Go fish!!!

  8. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    It doesn’t matter anymore who they were fishing for cuz they caught Moby Dick.

  9. Irishmist Says:

    Mayfield’s the only QB short enough to fit under a stone, so…

  10. Razor Ramone Says:

    Coincidence that all signee’s contracts are for 3 years? Hmmmm. Go Bucs!

  11. Bojim Says:

    Paying Gabbertt starter money is like paying McCown starter money.

  12. Mike Johnson Says:

    Slow down on your drinking there Bruce. Why bring back those health problems? Remember what caused you to leave the Cardinals.