Bucs training camp is just four days away, but the world hasn’t moved on from the mystery team that Bucs QB Tom Brady referred to on “The Shop”. One month ago, Bucs QB Tom Brady recalled teams’ pursuit of him during the 2020 free agency period on the HBO show. In explaining his decision to join the Bucs, Brady mentioned that one unnamed team exited negotiations late in the process, much to his disbelief.
“Looking back, I’m thinking ‘There’s no fuc-ing way I would’ve gone to that team. They said they didn’t want me! I know what that means! I know what that feels like! And I’m going to f— you up because of that.”pic.twitter.com/DZ32TnRdI5
“One of the teams, they were interested, then all of a sudden they weren’t interested at the very end,” Brady said on The Shop. “I was sitting there thinking, you’re sticking with that motherf*****? Are you serious?
“I look back and I say, ‘there’s no f***ing way I would have went to that team! But they said they didn’t want me! And I know what that means. I know what that feels like. And I’m gonna f**k you up because of that.”
Speculation has been rampant as to which team Brady was referring to in the interview. I’ve written at length about the strong likelihood that it was the Titans. That belief has been supported by reporting from Benjamin Allbright and on The Rich Eisen Show.
But Brady remains mum on any explanation. In an interview withJim Gray for a special SiriusXM Town Hall event that airs Wednesday at 6 pm on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports radio channel, Brady would not bite when prompted to reveal the team.
“There’s private things for me that are going to remain motivational for me,” Brady said. “They know who they are … it’s fine. Everyone has a choice to choose. I think what you realize is, there’s not as many smart people as you think. That’s just the reality. I think it’d be a no-brainer if you said, ‘Hey, you’ve got a chance to get Wayne Gretzky on your team.’ Or ‘you got a chance to have Michael Jordan on your team’. ‘Oh, we don’t need him, no thanks. We’re good’.
“In my mind, I’m kind of thinking, ‘OK, let me go show those teams what they’re missing.’ At the same time, let me go prove to the team that did bet on me, and the team that really showed they really wanted me, and committed to me, that I’m not going to let them down.”
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