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Much has been made about the impact Tom Brady has had on the Bucs current roster construction, particularly the addition of former teammates tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Antonio Brown, as well as former Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette. Fans and some media have given Brady considerable credit on the Bucs’ signing of these players, especially Brown, whose addition to the roster after Arians had flat-out rejected the idea of signing the troubled wide receiver months earlier, seemed to indicate Brady’s influence on the Bucs’ brass.

But on Wednesday, Bucs GM Jason Licht provided some helpful clarification to Brady’s role in Tampa Bay’s roster construction.

“I would say Bruce and I both talk to Tom,” Licht said. “Why wouldn’t you, with the résumé that he has? I think it gets a little bit overblown. Tom isn’t banging down the door saying, ‘We need to sign this guy. We need to sign that guy. Bruce, we need to draft this guy’. We ask him his opinion at times [and] he gives us his opinion at times, but he never mandates anything, and he’s actually been a joy to work with.

“I think a little bit of that gets overblown. We like to advise with him on certain things, just like Bruce does with the game plan, but there has never been any kind of animosity or directive from him. In fact, most of the things that we do, we don’t consult with him on.”

Arians chimed in: “Yeah, I’m not sure he knew who Tristan Wirfs was last year.”

Licht added: “And he didn’t know Leonard Fournette was coming into the building (last year as a free agent signing).”

That last comment by Licht is interesting, as I recall seeing fans throughout the season assuming that Fournette was playing over Ronald Jones because Brady preferred the former top five pick. That may have ended up being the case, but it seems Brady had no impact on the Bucs reaching out to Fournette after the Jaguars’ released him.

It’s also clear that while Brady is certainly roped into discussions on certain players, most notably Gronkowski and Brown, he is far from the decision-driver that many painted him to be during the regular season. He has thoughts and opinions on players and scheme like every accomplished quarterback does, but he’s quite comfortable to be the quarterback of the team while the general manager and the head coach are…the general manager and the head coach. That kind of mutual respect and kinship between the three Buccaneers’ leaders is a big reason why the team ended up as Super Bowl champions a few weeks ago, and it’s a big reason why they’ll be able to compete for a title next season too.

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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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Horse
7 months ago

Okay, good to know.

Billy
7 months ago

Would love to see Brady back load a 2 year extension for $10 Million and play for like one dollar this year. So much will be accomplished by kicking that can for a few years, betting on the cap going back up to pay for it. This team will be “Better” in 2021. I mean like 16-0 type better with this D. You prioritize Shaq and LVD because with this O Line and Brady its the smart thing to do. Godwin aint going anywhere though. We are reaching Brady pays ABs salary at this point. Grink too. Maybe even tag… Read more »

ScottC543
Reply to  Billy
7 months ago

Tag Fournette????? No freaking way. Way too much money for a RB, especially Fournette. He’s good, but he’s not THAT good.

bucballer
Reply to  Billy
7 months ago

Tag Fournette? That’s just crazy talk! Why would u franchise a player that u recently picked up on the waiver wire? Playoff Leonard is a good RB. Not great. He plays a supporting role on this team. He is not the bell cow! I would prefer to keep him. He performed well down the stretch for us. He is not a talent worthy of a Franchise Tag. That’s reserved for one of ur stars, of which he is not one of.

bucballer
Reply to  Billy
7 months ago

Let’s be realistic in our expectations? 16-0? Nice thought, but probably improbable. Let’s start by winning our division. That’s where playoff dreams begin!

Eddie
Reply to  Billy
7 months ago

I think some team out east already tried with that type of offer to Brady last year. Nothing new here, as will be with the result

ScottC543
7 months ago

Everything I’ve seen or heard about TB12 is that he is the consummate team player, helping his team in any way he can. Trying to dictate to the GM and/or the coach isn’t what players who have the team’s best interest at heart do.

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