Will Bucs Players Band Together?

January 22nd, 2023

After nearly a week to get over one of the most embarrassing losses in Buccaneers history, it’s time for Tampa Bay players to focus and use their influence.

Joe is referring to key Bucs banding together, hopefully in an organized manner, to recruit pending free agent Tom Brady for the 2023 season. (Note to Team Glazer, lead/spark the charge on this. Leave no stone unturned.)

Joe talked to Lavonte David about this subject and asked David if he thought players would be intimidated by Brady and not try to press him to come back as a result.

David said he couldn’t speak for every player but David said he will not hesitate to sell Brady on a return. And David expects to go there with Brady soon.

Essentially, David said Brady recruits players all the time, so now it’s time to turn the tables on him.

Joe genuinely believes Brady is undecided on next season. It’s unclear how many offers Brady will have and what/where they will be. So that means a window remains open for Team Glazer, Jason Licht, Todd Bowels and the players to work together to get the job done.

Joe realizes about one-third of fans polled here last week want to move on from Brady, but Joe is not in that camp, not for 2023.

106 Responses to “Will Bucs Players Band Together?”

  1. Jack Clark Says:

    Bucs players please do everything you can to bring Tom Brady back! 🙏

  2. Mort Says:

    You’d love to see him finish his career with the Bucs, no matter what.

  3. Bucsfan13 Says:

    So fans want Brady out, and yet you hear players wanting him back. Maybe, just maybe the players know more than the fans. They practice with Brady everyday. They’re in the locker room with him. Maybe they know Leftwich was the problem and not Brady. Lavonte isn’t a kiss ass BS type of guy. I believe him. He could’ve easily said they’re ready to move on. He has no trust in Trask!!

  4. Jabroni Tony Says:

    Bucs players should band together and ask for a new coach. Brady’s not coming back for the IBS Experience Part II.

  5. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Look at the 49ers playing defense. They know how to play zone while the bucs look lost in zone coverage everytime.

  6. BashingBucs2520 Says:

    Move on from Brady. The Bucs need to take back one buc place and kick out all the TB12 sports personnel. It’s no longer their playground. Get rid of the Julio Jones types and build a roster that is young with players that just want to play football. Problem is the Glazers have no clue – they are Star struck with Brady.

  7. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Band together for a washed up quarterback?…..pass

  8. Oh no here we suck again Says:

    I don’t get it. Some bucs fans act like moving from Brady will yield better results. We have sucked for a long time and I don’t remember the last time we had a decent quarterback. They make it seem like we have a history of developing quarterbacks and bucs have won multiple divisions, nfc conference playoffs and years of success. These people need to wake up. Lol hilarious to see them say move on. Let’s enjoy TB as long as we can. He may not even want to come back but stop kicking the best qb this franchise has have ever had like he’s nothing.

  9. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Really blows my mind how many on here still think that a 46 year old coming off a dreadful season can still play

  10. Jabroni Tony Says:

    Haha 😂. Posting with two accounts. Your hilarious or pathetic or both. You should spread them out a little .

  11. Old School Bucs Says:

    The fans in Tampa dont deserve Brady! I thought Philly fans were the wordt until this year. Tampa fans are the worst. However, I do believe Brady Returns to Tampa with a 2-3 year deal. Yet, Titans could be a major temptation for Brady. Imagine the only QB in history with 8-9 superbowls on three different teams!!! Something that will never be touched.

  12. Bucs Fan Since ‘76 Says:

    I’d love to see Brady back, but I just don’t see it with Bowles returning as HC.

  13. NEfan Says:

    Ttsucs, I guess Roger’s, Mac Jones, Wilson, Goff, Geno Smith, Watson, Mills, D. Jones, Fields should all retire. Idiot.

  14. Tye Says:

    Bucs players doing their best to convince Brady to come back…

    Brady’s only response over and over: NOPE, Bowles is HC!

  15. D-Rok Says:

    I think Brady needs a better line (duh? duh!) and if we get a few linemen, and some speed on O, he might return. I would welcome his return, but NOT to the same team as this year. It’d be a waste of his talents.

  16. SB~LV Says:

    Time to move on!
    You can’t be blind to his age and athleticism. I don’t want to be at this uncertain point this time next year.
    Either way Bowles is a failure as a NFL head coach

  17. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @Tbbucs. Did you not read Joe’s article. This is Lavonte wanting Brady back. You fans and Ira might want to dump Brady, but it seems like his teammates want him back. Maybe, just maybe, wasn’t the main problem.

    Oh, by the way, how did that mobile QB do against that Bengals D. You fans always want to come after Brady for his bad performances. We scored more points than the Bills today against the Bengals. Also sure seems like the 49ers are struggling against this Dallas D..,

  18. OMFS88 Says:

    It’s over, this team is the Bucs of old until further notice.

    Lucky for them they got me to click some “accept terms to buy next seasons tickets” otherwise I’d be so far gone.

  19. Jabroni Tony Says:

    Bucsfan13. Good point. Yeah I’ll take LVD, Evans Godwin Shaq Wirfs word over Irv and Ttsucs.

  20. Bubby Says:

    On one hand, Brady is only decent qb we’ve ever had. On the other, our offense was epically bad.

    In the end, I don’t think he gives two craps what Lavonte and the guys want. He’s gone (again) and the Bucs don’t own his rights this time around.

  21. TiredBucsFan Says:

    I pray he comes back. I am confused about David recruiting him back when David is a free agent too. Or am I wrong?

  22. SB~LV Says:

    Odd that the GM has not made any statements about his intentions and visions of the Bucs in 2023 after a demoralizing and AWFUL season!
    Leaderless GM
    Leaderless HC
    Brady has said he felt outside pressures this time last year and spoke too soon.
    Well don’t tell me that Glazer’s are going to hold the GM back from addressing the QB and HC positions in 2023 until Tom Brady announces if he wants to play in 2023.

  23. Buc4evr Says:

    Need to unload Hicks, Jones, Perriman, Neal, Miller, Brate, JTS, Dean, Giovanni, Wells, Rudolph, and maybe Smith? Restructure team and go after Carr. Need youth and speed and not Brady.

  24. sasquatch Says:

    I think it’s delusional to think this team will make a Superbowl run with Brady in 2023. There’s going to be too much turnover. They’ve kicked the can down the road to the tune of 50+ million and they’re going to have to perform miracles to get under cap. Miracles means saying goodbye to some guys and replacing them with cheaper and younger options, which means less experience, more errors, less reliability, growing pains. I don’t see any way around it. Brady should not be re-signed.

  25. sasquatch Says:

    Furthermore, signing Brady makes the cap miracles even harder to achieve.

  26. Rod Munch Says:

    Anyone who wants Brady to leave is in one camp, the loser camp.

  27. Jabroni Tony Says:

    Sasquatch. I believe the Bucs owe Brady 36 m next year. The only way to cut that is to sign him.

  28. Mark2001 Says:

    Why would Brady come back to thos team, if he can make as much in the booth, and not be embarrassed by a failing and aging on the field supporting cast?

  29. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Joe, I would love to have Brady back. I do not for a moment think he is ‘washed us ‘ as some here claim.

    That said, if we can get a younger QB who is as good? Maybe a 32 year old?

    Then I think we should move on it. A longer term solution makes more sense.

    And because Brady wants to take his time, we really cannot wait on him.

  30. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Jabroni Tony Says
    ‘Sasquatch. I believe the Bucs owe Brady 36 m next year. The only way to cut that is to sign him.’

    Or if another team signs him. And I’m not certain your number is accurate.

  31. NEfan Says:

    Brady pushed his money out if he goes to another team Bucs still owe him his $35M.

  32. Jabroni Tony Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai. I don’t believe it matters if another team signs him. They still goes against the cap. I could wrong but that’s how I understood it to be.

  33. SB~LV Says:

    Rod Munch you were wrong on Jameis too ..

  34. Jack Clark Says:

    All of the 49ers defensive backs are “magically” in the right spots to hold Dak Prescott to only 6 points and our “scaredy cat” head coach Todd Bowels wants to blame it on our players not practicing hard enough

  35. NEfan Says:

    Jack, didn’t see either teams db’s 15yds deep.

  36. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Jack Clark played scare with that soft zone coverage. What a joke

  37. AmauryGuzman Says:

    NEfan seriously his defensive scheme is awful. Pitch and catch.

  38. ElioT Says:

    Well Lavonte is a free agent.

    Garbage article. Lazy.

  39. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Fans: Brady sucks. He’s immobile. He’s afraid to take hits. We would’ve beat Dallas and 49ers with a mobile QB
    Reality: The 49ers and Dallas have dominant defenses with great pass rushes

    Bucs fans: Our defense is good.
    Reality.:Our defense struggles against good QBs. We couldn’t get a pick on Dak.

  40. Jack Clark Says:

    Can’t wait to read Joe’s article next week to find out “Who is Todd Bowels going to blame next?”

  41. Tbbucs3 Says:


    Your point almost makes sense … except for the fact that the Bucs offense didn’t just struggle against good defenses but they struggled against EVERYONE.

  42. SOEbuc Says:

    I agree with Shannon Sharp. Everyone else gets blamed but Brady and he had a terrible year and the stats don’t lie given the last two years. 2 games 24+ points? If he goes somewhere else or stays with the Bucs, he might be going two years too late with another team he doesn’t know.

  43. NEfan Says:

    Bucsfan, you don’t beat teams that score at will on uour D. It must be a full moon tonight because all the morons are out.

  44. Jack Clark Says:

    SOEbuc Says:
    January 22nd, 2023 at 8:28 pm
    I agree with Shannon Sharp. Everyone else gets blamed but Brady and he had a terrible year and the stats don’t lie given the last two years. 2 games 24+ points? If he goes somewhere else or stays with the Bucs, he might be going two years too late with another team he doesn’t know.

    Define “terrible” year for a quarterback. Brady was #3 in total passing yards with a respectable completion percentage and below 50% interception to touchdown ratio with an injured offensive line and an incompetent offensive coordinator. If everyone else on our team played as good as Brady this year then we’d still be in the playoffs.

  45. DBS Says:

    So much for the defense is on the field to long and worn out. 9-9. I don’t see 31 points on the board. On either side of this game.

  46. Jabroni Tony Says:

    Jack Clark. You could’ve stopped where he said he agreed with Shannon Sharpe.

  47. HC Grover Says:

    I think the Bucs are Doomed for 23. Bowels Doom. No upside.

  48. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “Brady was #3 in total passing yards”

    Context matters….the Bucs called the most pass attempts in the league by a mile……so Brady’s basically yards mean nothing

  49. Jabroni Tony Says:

    Bucs should follow my lead. I’m going to evacuate my Bowels.

  50. Rod Munch Says:

    Tbbucs3 Says:
    January 22nd, 2023 at 8:41 pm
    “Brady was #3 in total passing yards”

    Context matters….the Bucs called the most pass attempts in the league by a mile……so Brady’s basically yards mean nothing


    Winston lead the league in yards per attempt and air yards in 2019. Did you care about that stat then?

    Also attempts are a meaningless target when stupid Leftwich is calling 15 WR screen passes a game.

  51. Rod Munch Says:

    SB~LV Says:
    January 22nd, 2023 at 8:07 pm
    Rod Munch you were wrong on Jameis too ..


    Wrong about what? He went, what, 6-3 in New Orleans? The guy broke his back this year, that’s why he wasn’t playing. You think they actually thought Dalton gave them the best chance to win? LOL!

  52. Rod Munch Says:

    NEfan Says:
    January 22nd, 2023 at 8:05 pm
    Brady pushed his money out if he goes to another team Bucs still owe him his $35M.


    This is correct. The only relief is if Brady resigns or retires, then the Bucs can do some accounting tricks to bring down that number. But if he signs with any other team, then the full $35m cap hit goes on the 2023 cap. It’s why, if Brady leaves, you’re Tanking with Trask. The Bucs have all sorts of dead money, from Julio to David to Hicks to Brady, etc. That’s how you kept the team together this long, and I have zero issues with that.

  53. mg Says:

    Craps on Tampa he will roll numbers in Vegas.

  54. Rod Munch Says:

    Do they have early lines up for 2023? Whatever the Bucs number is, the smart bet is to go under.

  55. BigMacAttack Says:

    I wanted to move on from Brady, but having information about Coaches I have now that I didn’t have a week or two ago, I’d be happy if he comes back. I’d really like to see the Bucs build a top 2 or 3 defense that can hold up for a whole game. Bowles needs to tell Brady he’ll go back to being the DC if Brady can get Sean Payton to come be our head coach, depending on what compensation the Saints would require. Haha never gonna happen

  56. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    Bucs are relevant with Brady…. Ain’t 💩 without him

  57. Bradyfan Says:

    The 49ers should be blowing out the cowboys right now. purdy sucks. its first and 10 at the 10 and you cant get a touchdown?

  58. BashingBucs2520 Says:

    How likely would the Saints trade Payton to the Cowboys for Prescott? If that would happen then I see Brady going to Dallas.

  59. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Shannon Sharpe is a known Brady hater. His sole purpose for blaming Brady was because he dislikes him and is white

  60. Bradyfan Says:

    Brady hates dallas’s guts. He was a diehard 49ers fan when he was younger. He’d probably retire rather than go to dallas. Plus who wants to deal with jerry jones?

  61. Jack Clark Says:

    Next week Todd Bowels will blame the water boys for not serving dihydrogen monoxide at room temperature

  62. Bradyfan Says:

    Yeah shannon sharpe is definitely a brady hater. I see it all the time. That recent take about Byron getting fired because of Brady was ridiculous. Did he see the playcalling of Byron? It was 17 games of poor playcalling. Also, having the worst rushing attack in the NFL is Brady’s fault. no thats on the coaches

  63. Tbbucs3 Says:


    When Brady is throwing 66 times against the Cowboys, then yes, passing yards can absolutely be a misleading stat

  64. Bradyfan Says:

    I do fault Brady for recruiting Julio and Russell Gage though. He should never be a GM in the league. He’s like GM MJ. They were disappointments. Cyril Grayson and Tyler Johnson wouldve prob been healthier and better than those two

  65. Ok Says:

    Irelevancy is coming TBuc but don’t worry you’ll have new QB fto make you excited for while your team wins three games, With no miraculous fourth-quarter comebacks. Enjoy the next 20 years. Lol maybe Florida state will be good again!! Just don’t forget the quarterback, that won you a Super Bowl score 30 points and every game it should’ve got your back to another one the year after. The most ridiculously stupid fan base I’ve ever seen.

  66. mg Says:

    Johnson had to jump on every catch…. and then drop it.

  67. sasquatch Says:

    Gage was hurt all year. That was just bad luck. He’s a damn good player and made some clutch catches down the stretch. If he’s healthy, he’s a solid #3. No sane person can fault Licht (not Brady) for signing that guy.

  68. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Dak looked average this week. Happens when you play a team that plays defense. Bucs defense let the cowboys receivers roamed free. It was a joke.

  69. SB~LV Says:

    Okay …. OK
    The fanbase is the problem with the Bucs play and coaching

  70. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Toilet Bowles is a horrible coach. His game plan stunked.

  71. HC Grover Says:

    Lynch has put together a great team in Frisco.

  72. Bradyfan Says:

    Tbh tho we would’ve had no chance against SF if we beat the cowboys.

  73. SOEbuc Says:

    Lol. It’s a very rare I agree with Shannon and that’s why I had to mention it.

    Bucs stats 4u:

    YAC (3)
    Big catches >24 (25). Might be last without week 16.
    %first down/receiving (28)
    Drops (3)

    There is something very wrong when you can’t connect with Evans for a TD from week 4 to week 16! And then Evans gets it saying he can’t get separation, not Brady’s fault. Evans broke franchise receiver TD record back to back in 2020 and 2021.

    I’m not going to say Byron and Bowles weren’t terrible, but there was mostly the entire coaching staff from SB and 2021. Injuries are not an excuse, especially with the GOAT. I watched the games this season and he was very not close too 2020 and certainly not 2021.

  74. Bradyfan Says:

    I can sleep well tonight cause the cowgirls lost.

  75. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “maybe Florida state will be good again!!”

    Don’t worry, they already are

  76. DBS Says:

    Tbbucs3. Don’t BS people. I live here in Tallahassee. 1 Bowl game in how long. How long was their last National Championship? The are a little better. They are a little better. Not Good yet. And I don’t even get in to college ball.

  77. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    Argggghhhh it’s a Bucs life!!! Buc’d up! But we got that 2nd bowl

  78. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    I say bring Brady back! Only chance we got

  79. stpetebucfan Says:

    “It’s unclear how many offers Brady will have and what/where they will be.”

    BINGO! Everybody here seems to operate on the assumption that every team wants Brady. That’s just not true. NONE of the playoff teams need or want him.

    One of the best teams to miss the playoffs, better record than the Bucs, the Detroit Lions have Jared Goff, they don’t need Brady.

    The truth is Brady is 45 and obviously teetering on the edge of the end of his career if he didn’t fall off the ledge in the horrid last game. His INT in the Endzone early set the tone for that contest. The many missed targets didn’t help either.

    What team wants a QB who MAY not even have ONE more great or even good year much less two. Why that would be a team with enough talent to win an SB. So are the Bengal gonna replace Burrow. Would the Bucs rather have Burrows now or TB. How about the Chiefs..Mahomes? The Bills Allen?

    SF has a slew of QB’s including a rookie who just put it on the Cowboys.
    Speaking of the Cowboys do we really believe Jerry would dump Prescott for a single year of Brady?

    Ironically the Bucs actually represent Bradys best shot at winning. The OL is solid and deep when it gets healthy. Backups got a lot of starting time this year. White and Lennie can both catch the ball…Otton was only a rookie and shows promise.

    Here is the conundrum. The Bucs perhaps have enough talent to reach the big game with someone like Burrows or Mahomes. Brady is talented enough to get to the post season again but he is no longer a game changer. He HAS to have a great team around him. If Brady is truly smart he’ll retire with a brain that will still be able to chat and play with his grandkids.

  80. Danny Says:

    Brady – gone
    David – gone
    Barret – gone
    Gage – gone
    Jones – gones

    and that’s for starters. They don’t have the money for average crappy players like Brady. Bye bye Brady!!!!!!!!!

  81. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “I live here in Tallahassee”

    And that somehow makes you more qualified to say whether FSU is good or not. Lmaooo

    10-3 is pretty dang good in college football

  82. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    Bye bye Brady = Bye bye relevance! Perfect year to bring back our beloved creamsicle uni’s

  83. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Spot on Stpetebucsfans, too many on here still think a 46 year old Brady is in his prime, it’s absurd

  84. The Anomaly Says:

    ZERO chance Brady comes back here.

    Bowels is a crap leader.

    The Glazers are a joke.

    Brady will go elsewhere to prove he still has it.

    JBF needs to wake up

  85. Buccos Says:

    I thought Brady was washed until the Carolina game where he threw 3 long bombs to Evans that hit him in stride. One of them was 60 yards in the air. When I left that game I realized that Brady was still elite. There is still no one I would rather have for a game winning drive. The Bucs should do whatever it takes to resign him. And I am a Trask fan.

  86. Your Mom Says:

    Which team has the worst attendance? Washington. Which team’s owner (for now) loves money more than winning? Washington.

  87. Buccos Says:

    Or else go get Aaron Rodgers and see what he can do with our offense

  88. Redeemer Says:

    Stpete, Brady only had a few interested teams in 2020. No, of course the bills, Bengals, cowboys and eagles don’t want him. Depending on how Purdy plays in the title game, SF might though. Same with the dolphins. Their done with Tua anyway no matter what they say. The raiders have already made their QB decision, they don’t want Carr. You’re also vastly overrating the bucs roster. To say they’re Brady’s best chance to win is just wrong IMO. He either plays in Vegas, Miami, or if Purdy falls on his face SF. Don’t tell me one of those three teams doesn’t give Brady a better shot.

  89. Rick Says:

    Bowles has no soul – just like our team. Brady is afraid to get hit – obvious all season. Our D is soft – VERY soft. Players will leave as soon as Brady does – many wanted to go last year until Brady came back..then they returned too.

    Let’s start from scratch. Am tired of the Brady saga. Thanks for the Super Bowl, now go to Miami (where you wanted to go last year anyway). Regardless, whether we start sucking next year or 2024 – it’s inevitable until Bowles is gone.

    This team lacks passion and heart – like the coach. Period.

  90. John Says:

    This is the only division he is winning. We’re gonna have to hit a lot of the regulars and get new blood in here quick. We need more guys that have that hard nose attitude.

  91. Bradyfan Says:

    I give a 0 percent chance he stays with Toilet Bowles as Hc. Tbh if I were the glazers I’d fire bowles or have him become the dc again. And Id start interviewing coaches from the 49ers, bills, bengals, chiefs etc. Its time to poach a coach and start fresh and hope u get a brian daboll or mike mcdaniel. Toilet Bowles has single handedly destroyed the winning culture of the last several years in a year.

  92. Goatfarmer Says:

    Bucs players should band together and demand the firing of Toad The Incompetent, The Incontinent Bowels.

  93. Todd Says:

    If Brady comes back the Bucs still win the bad NFC south again . If he goes to the raiders good luck with Herbert and Mahomes. If he goes to Miami he’s got to deal with josh Allen and a good jets defense and all they need is a better QB the. Wilson.

  94. Tony Says:

    Here’s something that people have not thought of let’s say brady stays he needs a coach while I applaud Todd boys he’s not a head coaching material what happens if the bucks went after save Sean Payton give him the same deal we offer John gruden back in 2001 you think the saints will decline that. We get a coach then Tom Brady knows and trusts he’ll be back I think he’ll be back regardless and all the people who say oh he’s 46 years old let’s see you go out there and do what he does at 46 years old

  95. Crickett Baker Says:

    GEEZE! The coach is bad. The QB is bad. The GM is bad. The owners are bad. The team is too old and bad. Umm..Are you REALLY Bucs Fans? WHY? I wish some of you would give it up, face your reality and go to a different team’s fan site.

  96. Crickett Baker Says:

    PS. I bet the Titans would love to have Tom if he won’t play for us.

  97. Todd Says:

    Go ahead and rebuild and have a Josh McCown or Mike glennon again those years were really fun as a Bucs fan lol . So screw a rebuild this organization doesn’t know how to rebuild well.

  98. Goatfarmer Says:

    Average Bucs rebuild takes 12 years. No time left for that.

  99. JBBUCS_06 Says:

    Let Brady go….need more mobility at QB. How many times did Purdy or Dak scramble or move around in the game? Brady is too old and too scared to stand in the pocket anymore. He’s playing “co serve myself” QB. And rightly so, why risk it at 45, with millions, future outside of football, etc? Let him go. Take our lumps.

  100. NEfan Says:

    Stp & ttsucs,
    Dallas (Dak sucks)
    9ers, Brady plays last night that game is a blow out, Parsons didn’t get near Purdy. Dink & dunk O.

  101. CoryC Says:

    NEfan, smh, just smh.

  102. Tbbucs3 Says:


    Your delusion is showing

  103. Bradyfan Says:

    imma brady fan and you delusional bro lol

  104. Goatfarmer Says:

    Who is the Bucs head coach? Who? Now give years into doing it, the only winning season is his first. In which he totally choke gagged the game before it got going with a horrible game plan and poor team prep. His young team cam out super tight.

    He can’t even win with Brady.

    Who is he?

    What’s his name?

    His name should be expunged from the archives. He deserves a place a rung or two below Leeman Bennett.

  105. Leroy Manning Says:

    Will all do respect Tom Brady was the one of the greatest to ever play the game. With that said, we REALLY NEED to move on. Tom’s time has come and gone. One of the worst things he did was come out of retirement. He is nothing more than a distraction at this point. Just my humble opinion.

  106. Leroy Manning Says:

    *With all do respect that is….