Former Sports Illustrated NFL reporter and current NBC Sports columnist Peter King, one of the most respected voices covering football, listed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a dark horse destination for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in free agency this offseason.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: PewterReport.com

Brady, who has won six Super Bowls in 20 seasons in New England, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his Hall of Fame career. Patriots owner Robert Kraft has publicly stated that he wants Brady back, but there would be several suitors in free agency for the greatest quarterback of all time – even at age 42 – including Oakland, Indianapolis, the Los Angeles Chargers and Tampa Bay.

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will also be a free agent after spending his first five years in Tampa Bay, and is coming off a year in which he threw for a league-leading 5,109 yards and a career-high 33 touchdowns. But Winston also had a league-high 30 interceptions and became the NFL’s first 30-30 QB, in addition to setting a record for most pick-sixes in a season with seven.

Tampa Bay finished 7-9 and has posted just one winning season with Winston at the helm, versus three years with double-digit losses. The Bucs may want an upgrade at the quarterback position to help the team make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

In speaking with WEEI’s Dale & Keefe radio show on Thursday, King said the Bucs have a lot to offer Brady, including a chance to work with noted QB guru Bruce Arians and a pair of Pro Bowl wide receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

“The one that I believe is the sleeping giant in this is Tampa Bay, and when I say that, if Jameis Winston is realistic with what his contract demands/requests, whatever are, in my opinion he will be the quarterback of the Bucs next year. But, I don’t know that. I am hearing some things out of Tampa that he might be, and his agents might want a little bit more money than the Bucs want to pay. And we’ll see if that pans out. We’ll definitely see.

“Look, they have a pretty good offensive line and they’ve got two excellent receivers. They’ve got a really good young tight end, and they have a very imaginative head coach and offensive coordinator in the passing game. I can’t tell you absolutely what they would do or what they are going to do, but I can tell you that they are fascinating to me because Bruce Arians isn’t coaching forever. I think he is one of those guys that all quarterbacks say, ‘Man, it would be cool to work for Bruce Arians’ because he’s such a fun offensive mind.

PPatriots QB Tom Brady - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
PPatriots QB Tom Brady – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“Hey, look, everybody can say, ‘No, not that team. No, not this team.’ But, we’re talking about Tom Brady and we’re talking about a guy who obviously once he comes to your team does so much for it, including sells tickets like no other person in this free agent market is going to be. So, I guess I look at it and say when I think of Tampa Bay and Tom Brady, it makes as much sense to me as any of these other teams out here with the possible exception of the Chargers.”

Tampa Bay is in “win-now” mode with Arians turning 68 this year, and general manager Jason Licht having just one winning season out of six at the helm of the franchise. So acquiring a proven winner like Brady certainly makes sense, especially with Tampa Bay’s weapons on offense and an improving young defense.

With Raymond-James Stadium typically having 15,000 – 20,000 empty seats shy of capacity, the Glazers would love to have Brady’s star power create the type of buzz that would instantly fill the stadium and attract national attention and media coverage to the Buccaneers.

PewterReport.com has pondered the Brady-To-The-Bucs scenario several times this month, and it will be interesting to see if Brady does hit free agency, and ultimately where he lands in 2020.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

22 COMMENTS

  1. Im still not sure how i feel about tom in this offense. Hes the goat and I wouldnt hate it, but again, its a stop gap. And unless you’re drafting a guy, you better have a plan if tom gets injured. And our line isnt all that great ,not sure what king was looking at. They are right aboit average statistically speaking. And we have zero running game to help tom. But yes, it would sell a but load pf tickets

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  2. Tom Brady would cause Tampa to quickly go from 31st Pl. in attendance to selling out and I think they would have a good chance of winning but for now it’s only a dream, Waiting five years for this Winston nightmare on Bucs street to end.

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  3. I’d rather not sign a 43 year old qb..that’s just me though.

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  4. Peter King thinks the Bucs line is “pretty good”? Hasn’t he heard the superfans on PewterReport? Doesn’t Peter King know the Bucs need a new LT, RT, RG, and C according the fans on here?

    Also, Tampa fans would be all over Brady the first of many times he lost to New Orleans or Atlanta. “He stinks!”, “He’s over the hill!”, “Brady isn’t what he used to be!”, “Thanks Jason Licht…for nothing! As usual!”

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    • I also find it funny that people really think Peyton Barber is a good rb to keep with his whopping 3.1 ypc. I like barber, but he isn’t needed.

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  5. I don’t agree with Peter King when he suggests the Bucs have a pretty good offensive line. Tom Brady is not the most mobile guy and I fear he would take a beating behind this line unless there are some upgrades this off season. In my opinion the O line is the weakest link of this team.

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  6. Brady will be in N.E. this is just BS talk.

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  7. I would rather the Bucs trade for a QB that ran Bruce Arians offense who has 2 years left on his deal at $30m/yr.

    I would also be perfectly satisfied if another former Bruce Arians QB un-retired to work with all these weapons in a beautiful climate.

    Short of those two names I haven’t named, I am on board with the keeping the current Bruce Arians pupil to continue his ascent.

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  8. “Avocado Ice Cream!, Get your ice cold, Avocado Ice Cream right here folks!”, “A Tom Brady treasure folks! Get that superfood that is as delicious as it sounds right here!”, “Be like Tom and eat ice cream! Avocado Ice Cream!”

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    • Q: Why do they call the liquid from an almond “milk”?

      A: Because if they called it NUT JUICE, no one would buy it!

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  9. Bring him on. Patriots have many holes to fill. Can’t afford him any longer. I’m fine with signing Winston, but this would definitely be an upgrade. Draft a Quarterback in th second round for the future.

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  10. Brady heads an offense in New England that is mostly dink and dunk from what I’ve always seen. He used to have Moss back in the day but they play a very safe move down the field, not what Arians and Leftwich try to run. With our Oline he would be ground into dust unless they use the Draft to go all Oline and try and change that.

    I would not want to get into a bidding war for someone to be here for a year or two. Unless the perfect replacement is Drafted as well and waiting.

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  11. Peter King is a mile wide and an inch deep. He has no idea what’s going on here. It would be dumb to go after Brady because we would get played just like with Bill Parcells and Brian Kelly and whatever other scenario like that has happened in the past. Plus he would have to learn a new offense. He doesn’t have the arm to execute it and he would melt down playing here in this heat.

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  12. No thank you…..

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  13. Slow news day… TB12 will be in NE next year… and yes, Brady would get killed behind our O line….

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  14. Talking about Tom Brady reminds me of a healthy recipe I just came across:

    2 cups fresh Kale
    2 tablespoons Avocado oil
    1/2 cup fresh parsley
    2 tableshoons Flax seed
    3 oz. of Coconut Milk

    Get your favorite saute pan out and place it on the range at high heat. Add the Avocado oil. When the oil shimmers, add the flax seed and cook until fragrant, about 60 seconds. Remove from heat. Set aside.

    Add kale, parsley, coconut milk to your blender and pulse until it forms a smooth shake.

    Pour into a glass and top with the toasted flax seed, including any remaining oil.

    Voila! You’re now ready to enjoy it by throwing it directly into the garbage can!

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  15. Pretty good O line? Yeah If you want run game to be bottom of league and QB to run for his life….what is he talking about? They put up big numbers on offense despite this O line not because of it. Some games they were just flat terrible.

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  16. I’ve thought about the same possible “Buc-Luck” scenario Sombrero. I suspect the Colts would want compensation.

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  17. Not to worry Brady is all about winning, there’s no way he comes to the deeply embedded culture of losing, bad decisions and no accountability we have at One Buc.

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  18. Not a damn thing wrong with our offensive line when it comes to pass protection, they are actually in the top ten of all of the NFL. Not so much when it comes to run blocking but that is an RB concern not a QB concern. The Glazers might like Winston but they like money more and Tom would sell this place out. If Tom wants to come to Tampa, he will be your starting QB next year. My guess….. he will be wearing a patriot jersey next year.😒

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  19. I wonder how many of those 10 yard slants he could complete when he is running for his life and getting sacked 40 times like Winston has had to deal with!

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  20. I think bringing old man Beat up Brady to Tampa would be a huge mistake guys. He’s still got a little something left in the tank. But he’s gotta learn a new system. Franchise jameis and give him another year.
    Might as well. We’ve rode with him this far. And you never know, This could be the year..for Jameis.

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