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

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!

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SufferingSince76
SufferingSince76
1 year ago

Their loss, our gain.

Horse
Horse
1 year ago

Yes God told me it was Tim Tebow.

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17
1 year ago

My guess among the team’s speculated about here is either SF or CHI. I can’t recall whether or not those teams were truly heavily in on Brady. It doesn’t seem like Chicago would have been a team he even really considered joining (they’re a dumpster fire who was not clearly particularly close to contending), which makes me think it wasn’t them. SF with Jimmy G makes a lot of sense to me. Maybe his reaction on that clip is somewhat personal, as I’m guessing he felt that way when the Pats spent a 2nd round pick on Jimmy rather than… Read more »

surferdudes
surferdudes
1 year ago

Didn’t he want to be close to son so was looking for an east coast team? That would mean it’s none of the west coast teams. I also don’t see Brady wanting to end his career playing outdoors in Chicago.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
Reply to  surferdudes
1 year ago

That East coast stuff came out after he signed. I think that was just a benefit he noted after signing. Brady was definitely interested in SF, his hometown team. Everything I read said that was his first choice, but I’m betting he has rethought that by now. Sometimes when things don’t work out it turns out to be the best thing that could have happened to you. My bet is Brady was talking about Chicago since they are the only team of the bunch that had a truly dreadful QB. Looking at the teams that were involved almost everyone of… Read more »

Runole
Runole
1 year ago

Obviously, It was San Francisco. No mystery Kind of funny since Lynch has always had some grit in his crotch for the Bucs franchise.

WVBuc
WVBuc
1 year ago

The speculation about which team has all been absolutely wrong. I haven’t seen one reasonable take from anyone. Numerous broadcast/internet personalities are all taking advantage of what is going to be a nothing burger. This is about views and clicks but when the actual show is seen in its entirety and full context is revealed, there is no outcome that includes Tom Brady taking a public shit on another team or their QB. He hasn’t spent over two decades being reverential and respectful to the game of football to throw it away by trashing someone publicly. The context will explain… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by WVBuc