In case anyone was still wondering, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht cleared up the Tom Brady situation. Arians and Licht, speaking from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, left no doubt where the Bucs and Brady stand. Unfortunately, there is still plenty of doubt about where the Bucs’ quarterback situation stands.

Yes, the Bucs would welcome Brady back as their quarterback. And, if the star signal caller un-retired, the Bucs would do whatever it took to make the financials work.

“I think with a Tom Brady, I personally, never want to completely close the door,” Licht said. “Now, I don’t have any information that suggests that he is going to come back. I’m very good friends with him. We talk, [but] we haven’t talked about that. Don’t want to apply any pressure in that regard right now. But he’s Tom Brady. If Tom Brady wants to come back, we’d welcome him back.”

Bucs QB Tom Brady and HC Bruce Arians

Bucs QB Tom Brady and HC Bruce Arians – Photo by: USA Today

No, the Bucs don’t expect Brady to un-retire. They’ve heard his reasons for retiring, and they believe he’ll stay that way as a result. As Licht said, they’ll leave the light on for him. But they certainly aren’t banking on his return.

“I have no information,” Licht said. “I’ve talked with Tom, but not about this. Just because we’re friends. I’ve talked to Tom several times. But not about this. So I don’t have any information that he’s going to come back. But on a player like Tom Brady, you just never shut the door.

“So until we make a decision on what we’re going to do, or what presents itself. Sometimes the decision isn’t made by [us], sometimes it’s made by other factors. But, yeah, never say never. But I don’t have any new information saying that he’s coming back.”

Yes, the Bucs are still unlikely to draft a quarterback early this year. They believe in Kyle Trask enough to let him have a chance. And it sure doesn’t sound like Licht or Arians are fans of this quarterback class.

“We drafted Kyle Trask [in the second round] for a reason,” Arians said. “He fits everything we want to do [at the] quarterback [position]. I really, really liked what I saw for a year. So I doubt drafting is an option. For all the other guys, it’s going to be a trade. Well, you don’t trade by yourself – you’ve got to have a partner, so that could be out of the question.”

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson – Photo by: USA Today

No, they don’t expect to be able to trade for another team’s premier starting quarterback. Most teams don’t want to part ways with a great quarterback with no clear Plan B on their roster.

“There’s always some chatter,” Licht said on the trade market. “There’s always some talk. It’s usually a little more talk than it is action.”

“Trades are just out of the question,” Arians said. “You have to have a partner. These guys aren’t just willing and calling. ‘Hey you want my guy?’ Who is behind door No. 2 for them? So I don’t see very many of these guys moving. There might be one. Max two. Guys that we think could take us to the Super Bowl. I like about eight of them. But they’re all playing for somebody else. I don’t see teams giving up quarterbacks.”

No, the Bucs won’t trade Brady to another team. And he hasn’t asked for a trade or indicated he wants to play elsewhere at all.

“Nope, it’s bad business,” Arians said. He’s referring to the fact that the Bucs could never get a trade return matching Brady’s value to them.

What about for a king’s ransom?

“Five No. 1 [picks]? Maybe,” Arians said, laughing.

It’s going to be hard for the Bucs to find an elite quarterback this offseason. But they can absolutely build their roster back up to entice a top signal caller at a later date. They did it with Brady two years ago. There’s no reason to believe they can’t do it again in the future.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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Dude
Dude
4 months ago

Brady’s gone, and we have no idea what Trask can bring to the table. He throws a beautiful ball, that’s about all I know about him in the NFL. I hope they give the kid a chance this summer and in training camp. Especially if they can’t bring in an All-Pro, or Pro Bowl caliber quarterback. I’ll pass on a lot of these gap stop QB’s out there like Bridgewater, Jameis, and the rest. Fire up Trask and let’s build up our defense and see what he can do!

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Dude
4 months ago

Many people think I would root for Trask to fail which is complete stupidity. If the Bucs plan on starting Trask though they better do it like Belicheck did. Get a damn good defense, a solid offensive line and a running back to tote the ball and take the pressure off of him.Right now I’m not sure the Bucs have any of the three since Ali Marpet retired. The Bucs have holes in the defense, specifically in thier pass rush. None of thier RB’s scare anyone although they are respected. What the Bucs need to do is draft for the… Read more »

scubog
scubog
Reply to  drdneast
4 months ago

I for one, am glad you’re not hoping Kyle Trask fails just so you can come on here and bellow the phrase, ” I told you so!”, that so many people enjoy. Since Tom Brady announced his still unofficial retirement there have sure been a lot of supposed long-time fans ready to abandon ship. There’s no doubt that neither Trask, nor any other QB the Bucs could reasonably acquire, would be Tom’s equal. Yet the team still has a lot more talent than most of the rosters of past seasons. I don’t know why folks jump to the conclusion that… Read more »

fredster
fredster
4 months ago

Yes that is all Bucs can do. Build the roster as best they can and try to attract another great qb. Right now they are screwed.

Eddie
Eddie
Reply to  fredster
4 months ago

Not when Arian diced Brady after when he has done. on the field and by extending his contract.

Erik Jager
Erik Jager
Reply to  fredster
4 months ago

I liked the way Fredster state the Buccaneers’ situation in simple words. Get a cheap free agent QB and play Trask. Between the insane schedule and the Buccaneers’ numerous free agents, the Buccs were no longer a serious contender. Brady took a look the Buccaneers’ situation realizing that retirement was a good idea.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
4 months ago

The assumption by Ledyard at the end is that Trask cannot and will not be an elite quarterback. I find that rather amazing, since nobody ever thought Tom Brady would be an elite quarterback, even after his Pats won their first Super Bowl together at the end of the 2001 season, his second in the league, which the Pats won in spite of Brady not because of Brady – it was their defense and running game that won the championship that year. Brady’s quarterback rating in 2001 was a mere 86.5 with 2,843 yards of passing, 18 TD to 12… Read more »