Tired of the Tom Brady to Tampa Bay talk, yet?
Get used to it. Because it ain’t going anywhere until he makes his decision.
Some big names in the industry keep pointing to the Bucs as a potential suitor for the six-time champion’s services, which is pretty wild, but makes some sense in the big picture. You can go ahead and add ESPN’s Ben Linsey to the list.
Linsey recently released his thoughts on the one player each team must sign in free agency. I’d go ahead and do the corny schtick of “and guess who he picked” in the next line, but alas, I already alluded to Linsey’s column.
He believes the TB to TB scenario would be a perfect fit for both parties. And I’m not talking the Teddy Bridgewater-version of TB.
In case you don’t have ESPN+, this is what Linsey wrote:
“Brady wasn’t the same Brady last season as the one we have all grown used to seeing, but his 79.0 overall grade still ranked 12th at quarterback. The big problem was the Patriots’ lack of playmakers on offense. A one-two punch of Chris Godwin and Mike Evans has to sound pretty intriguing to Brady as he considers where his career will end, as both guys were top-10 wide receivers by PFF grade during the 2019 season. The Buccaneers have the cap space to make it work, and a much-improved defense with Brady orchestrating a talented offense could have the Bucs as legitimate contenders in 2020.”
But that’s not all, folks!
Matthew Berry - ESPN’s main fantasy football analyst - also offered up his thoughts on the situation. He was able to “gather intel” last week and relayed the information to us simpletons:
“There was lots of talk coming out of Indy about Tom Brady, and that speculation won’t die down until the future first-ballot Hall of Famer makes an announcement. But two things I can tell you: As of combine week, almost everyone I spoke with believes Brady will play for a team other than the New England Patriots this season. And secondly, I’d rank the non-Patriots teams likely to get him in this order: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders.”
Man, it sure is getting smokey in here, isn’t it?