Weeks After Retiring From Bucs, Cole Beasley Says He Still Has “Hunger” To Play

February 7th, 2023

Had his fill of family?

Joe thought this was weird at the time and as the months have gone by, Joe’s initial thought has only been reinforced.

Something is and was very odd about how former Bucs receiver Cole Beasley left the team this past season. In early October, Beasley said he retired after only a few weeks with the team because he wanted to spend more time with his family.

After a few weeks, he re-signed with his old team, the Bills.

Really missed that family, eh Cole?

Joe brings this up because Beasley last week told Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News that he plans to continue playing in 2023 and that he still has an appetite for the game of football.

“At this point in my career, I’m still hungry and my body feels good,” he said. “I still feel like I can do it and I can compete and play at a level that I’ve been playing at before this season.

“Obviously, I want to be somewhere that I can win, and I know that’s [in Buffalo], also. If that option is there, I would definitely do that. We’ll just have to see.”

So why is Joe bringing all of this up? Beasley retiring (quitting?) on the Bucs so he could spend more time with his family, so he claimed, didn’t wash with what Beasley told Joe just two weeks before he retired.

Tom Brady had been very active the past three seasons in recruiting stud veterans to the Bucs. That worked like a charm until this past season when Brady’s targets flopped.

Brady may not have lost his quarterbacking skills but his football vision was sure slipping.

When the Bucs signed Beasley, Joe asked Beasley if Brady was hounding him to come to Tampa Bay. Beasley, standing maybe four feet from Joe, looked right at Joe and said the opposite was true.

“I will be honest, I was hitting [Brady] up a lot,” Beasley said. “I have been wanting to play with Brady for a long time. I’m excited about the opportunity and am excited to get back at it.”

So what happened? It wasn’t like Beasley wasn’t getting playing time. He had four catches in two games on five targets coming off the bench.

Joe is convinced Beasley got a taste of failed Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and bailed. Of course, there is always the chance the Bucs deemed him unworthy after two games and to spare embarrassing him, they gave Beasley the option to throw in the towel/quit.

Something sure spooked Beasley.

20 Responses to “Weeks After Retiring From Bucs, Cole Beasley Says He Still Has “Hunger” To Play”


    I think what spooked Beasley is that he found that he sucks.

  2. Mike Johnson Says:

    Poor guy. Probably took to many Hits.

  3. Goatfarmer Says:

    The Bowelswich shiite show was too obvious. Smart guy.

  4. Crickett Baker Says:

    At the time, my feelings were the same as Goatfarmer’s.

  5. Chris Says:

    Beasley looked terrible in his two games with the Bucs, but yes everything is Byron’s fault

  6. Brian Says:

    Draft Hedden Hooker

  7. adam from ny Says:

    he is the one defector from the brady years…

    also @Mike Johnson ^^^ might be onto something as well…the dude was super productive in his prime, tough as nails, and used to get knocked & rocked after many catches

  8. Rod Munch Says:

    I missed it at the time, but after he retired from the Bucs, Beasley said the Bucs told him he wasn’t going to get playing time as guys got healthy.

    IE, Leftwich told him to take a hike, because he’d rather have Miller and Perriman out there.

  9. ANONYMOUS Says:

    Hey Rod,
    Where did you hear that? I didn’t catch it on any Bucs site. Or did I miss it?

  10. Fansince76 Says:

    Beasley just wanted to be able to say to his grandkids that he caught a few from the GOAT that is why he was hitting up Brady to get on the team.
    once he caught a few and saw the offence sucked he bailed.
    what an A hole.

  11. Rand Says:

    Beasley knows he’s washed up but looking for an easy quick payday.

  12. Dooley Says:

    Beasley was on the Pat McAfee show a few weeks ago before the Bills playoff game, and mentioned Tampa had him running 36 reps on day one lol bro was tired and over the humidity

  13. Hodad Says:

    He probably thought he’d be used like Edelmen, or Wes Welker some of the same slot types that had such great success with Brady. Then the reality set in that Leftwich can’t adjust to that scheme, and receivers talents so he bolted.

  14. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Fuk Cole Beasley! IMHO, he is a POS for “retiring” from Tampa, only to go play up in Buffalo.

  15. NEfan Says:

    He said a PLACE where he wanted to WIN!!! He is a veteran and he made a few nice catches on the Bucs. He saw how Blows runs his ship and BL’s incompetence and like Brady just did said I am outta this cluster F.

  16. unbelievable Says:

    Lol he made like 2 catches while here, and looked like he was running n mud both times.

    I think Rod is correct- I remember hearing something similar, that his playing time would decrease as other WRs got healthy.

  17. Goatfarmer Says:

    Poetic justice. Mrs. Beasley is sitting at home watching TV just like Bowelswich is.

  18. DrunkinYbor Says:

    Didn’t he say something about our practice routine and he left because of it.

  19. Keith m Says:

    Dude was burnt out in practice. He openly talked about it when he returned to Buffalo. He was taking 70-80 reps a day here in Tampa. Buffalo limited his practice reps. Working with Byron’s uncreative offense didn’t help.

  20. Purplepirate Says:

    “Beasley said the Bucs told him he wasn’t going to get playing time as guys got healthy.”

    Not exactly. BEASLEY said HE didn’t believe he was going to get playing time as guys got healthy. He didn’t say that’s what the bucs told him. Never mind we never really got healthy, making this excuse even sillier.