According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Bucs aren’t ready to turn the page on Tom Brady just yet. In a Sunday report, Rapoport cited a source indicating the Bucs would do whatever is necessary for Brady to return. Rapoport also says that’s a possibility Brady hasn’t ruled out either. The star quarterback indicated as much when he said, “never say never” about a potential return on his “Let’s Go” podcast.
Of course, the likelihood of Brady un-retiring is still very slim. The 44-year old was clear that he wants to spend more time with family moving forward. He also has a plethora of business ventures that demand his time and energy too. But until Brady takes a return completely off the table, the Bucs will hold out hope their most important player returns.
Plan B QB Options For Bucs
If Brady doesn’t come back, the Bucs will be aggressive in pursuit of Plan B options. Rapoport reports that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson could be a target. However, the Seattle signal caller has said he wants to finish his career with the Seahawks. The Bucs will also do their due diligence on Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson, but Houston’s hefty asking price and Watson’s extensive legal/character issues make a trade very unlikely. At least, right now.
Watson, 26, didn’t play last season amidst a trade request and more than 20 allegations of sexual misconduct that are currently the subject of civil lawsuits, a police investigation and an NFL probe. Watson has denied wrongdoing. The three-time Pro Bowl selection has made clear he won’t play for the Texans again. Sources say Houston continues to target a trade before the league year begins on March 16.
PewterReport.com has indicated for weeks that the Bucs will aggressively pursue the top quarterback options this offseason. Wilson and Watson certainly qualify, but there are complications to both. Either way, if the Bucs intend to make Tampa Bay a desirable destination for a top quarterback – or for Brady to un-retire to – expect to see them fight hard to retain most of their free agents. The NFL world might be ready to bury the Bucs, but Tampa Bay is looking to fight another day.