In a clip released on Monday previewing the appearance of Bucs QB Tom Brady on Friday’s episode of the HBO show “The Shop Uninterrupted,” the Super Bowl LV MVP has a bone to pick with one unknown NFL team. In explaining his free agent decision to join the Bucs, Brady mentioned that one unnamed team exited negotiations late in the process.
“One of the teams, they weren’t interested at the very end,” Brady said. “I was thinking, you’re sticking with that motherf*****?”
Who is this mystery team? That remains unclear.
Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
San Francisco, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Chicago, Las Vegas, Tennessee and the Los Angeles Chargers were all rumored to have some level of interest in Brady. It’s highly unlikely Brady would have referred to Drew Brees this way, so rule out the Saints.
The Colts also seem unlikely, since they opted for Phillip Rivers that same offseason, and weren’t “sticking with” anyone. Tennessee would be surprising too, considering Brady had just lost to the Ryan Tannehill-led Titans in the playoffs.
The 49ers were led by Jimmy Garoppolo, Brady’s old teammate, and reside close to Brady’s hometown team. There could have been some animosity there if the 49ers opted to stick with Garoppolo instead, but Brady’s old backup had just led the team to a narrow loss in the Super Bowl. It was certainly understandable that San Francisco would want to see how its investment in Garoppolo would play out. In hindsight, obviously it didn’t work out well given the 49ers’ 6-10 record.
Chicago stuck with Mitch Trubisky and added Nick Foles, so those brutal decisions certainly fit Brady’s description. At the time Los Angeles had Tyrod Taylor as their starter, which would understandably draw Brady’s criticism as well. Las Vegas could have opted to stick with Derek Carr, too, but would Brady have disrespected him to this extent?
We’ll probably never know, but it sure is fun to speculate!