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As we get to less than 24 hours until the legal tampering period for free agency on March 16th, the picture for the Tom Brady sweepstakes is starting to get a little more clear. And the Bucs remain in contention to land the coveted superstar.

The Tennessee Titans were presumed to be one of the top teams in the running to pursue Brady this offseason, but they re-signed quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a four-year deal worth $118 million on Sunday, per ESPN’s Jeff Darlington. This takes the Titans out of the race for Brady.

NBC Sports analyst and Pro Football Talk co-host Chris Simms reported as well on Sunday that the 49ers, who were believed to be Brady’s first choice, are out of the running for Brady and will choose to stay with Jimmy Garoppolo.

Simms then said that he thinks it’s down to just the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Bucs to land Brady in free agency. The amount of money per year given to Brady could be a deciding factor for where he goes.

“From everything I’ve heard, it’s down to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots,” Simms said. “I don’t think that the New England Patriots are going to be willing to give 30 million dollars a year type of money. As we know, Bill Belichick drives a hard bargain and he treats it like a business no matter who it is, even if it’s the GOAT. He’s not going to just give free money.

“Between Tampa Bay, who I bet would be willing to spend bigger money on Tom Brady and maybe give him $30 million a year, as opposed to New England, who is probably going to offer him something in the $20 million dollar range. And we can’t forget that Brady is going to cost $13 million against the salary cap whether he’s on the team or not for the New England Patriots this year. So that’s why they want to find a manageable number. That’s where it stands as I know it right now, it’s Tampa Bay or New England for Tom Brady.” 

You can see the full video of Simms deciding the entire matter here.

 

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Pete Wood
1 year ago

Patriots aren’t willing to pay Brady thirty million a year. Titans sign Ryan Tannehill for thirty million a year. Huh? Ryan friggin’ Tannehill? What’s wrong with this picture? Can we assume Tennessee thinks Brady isn’t worth thirty million a year?
I am still trying to make sense of all of this, but if Bucs are willing to pay Brady thirty million per year, they would seem to be in the driver’s seat.

229 billmahoney
1 year ago

Keep winston bradys got maybe 1 year left Winston’s the future

FLBoy84
1 year ago

Don’t believe it’s as simple as Tampa or NE just because SF is out. Still have Indy, LAC and possibly LV to consider as well.

WhatTheBuc
1 year ago

If the bucs do a deal with Brady and then decide that they want Winston back, he may be available. Someone please show me a report that any team is interested in signing Jameis to a starting job. I’m not a Winston hater. I like his leadership, work ethic, and passing ability. Winston just makes bad decisions and it’s hard to coach that out. Brady is still a better QB at 43 and gives us a better chance to win now. Winston may be better down the road but the opportunity for Brady is now.

SappAttack
1 year ago

The world is a crazy place right now

Dman
1 year ago

When you look at all the top QB’s over the years that have left their long time team thinking they have a few more years left, none of them have worked out. [closest I can remember is Farve w/ the Vikes.] Tom Brady isn’t who is is just by himself, it’s Robert Kraft and his incredible organization, it’s Bill Bellichick and his unequaled ability to coach up and get the most out of every player and his assistant coaches. It’s called the Patriots Way. The bet here is that Brady will be Brady once he’s left the nest. And with… Read more »

twspin
1 year ago

Big mistake our Bucs pushing for a has been. Its Brady’s time to..walk off into the sunset. But like all others, he refuses to do so. Which leads me to believe he’s not as bright as we thought he was. Poor guy will be carried off the field if he plays for us. He won’t last a season with our line.

BucWonder
1 year ago

No risk it no biscuit. Take your best shot. Offer Brady 100mil over 3 years with half guaranteed.

I hope not but I still think he stays in NE though.

Go Bucs!

SenileSenior
1 year ago

As Mr. Spock in the old, old Star Trek TV series would have said. “Fascinating!”.

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Go Bucs!!! In BA I Trust!

bucscriv
1 year ago

Bucs would easily take 3 yrs of Brady with 1 trip to the Super Bowl than sticking with Winston. Yes, Winston is younger and has a bigger arm, but Brady has how many Super Bowls? Brady is a smarter quarterback that would use timing with receivers to make a shorter pass look like a 50yd bomb. Again whoever the quarterback is he needs to be protected. No more duck and chuck, no more watch ooouuuttt from your o-line, or my bad…I’ll block better next time. Draft O-line, pay for o-line depth and draft another running back. That will go along… Read more »

BigSombrero
1 year ago

Guess we’ll see.

I guarantee the Patriots are rooting for Brady to sign in Tampa. He was lower rated at QBR than Winston. They could turn around and sign Winston for $18m and look like geniuses, as usual.

BUC-ASS-BOB
1 year ago

When I think about Payton Manning taking Denver to Super Bowl win and making them instant winners I get excited about Tom Brady coming here.
My wife wants order Buc Jersey Brady 12 tonight.
She feels sorry for Jameis because no one wants him. awe!:

Spitfire
1 year ago

Damn, For the record, Montana went to KC and brought them to the AFC Championship Game.

First off I think this is just a ploy for Brady to get the most he can from NE. If he does in fact come here then we better spend the entire Draft on Olinemen and bring in someone like Conklin. That and they are gonna have to build in a lot more check down passes and a RB, which honestly they need to do anyways.

seat26
1 year ago

The idea that a 7/9 team that has been in the basement is one QB away from being a Superbowl team is absurd. Brady has at best one year left. This team has lots of needs beyond QB, regardless of what Management thinks. Sign Winston or tag him and let’s move on. We can pick up his replacement in the draft in the first 3 rounds and address our other needs as well.

captain ahab
1 year ago

Buc-Ass-Bob, You have a wife? If so I feel bad for that woman. You are probably the most negative poster on this board, would imagine you are just a miserable person in general.
How about some positive comments for a change, you might like the change and the board certainly would.

SenileSenior
1 year ago

If the Bucs (BA that is) think they cannot win a Super Bowl with Jameis at this point they might do everything they can to bring in Brady. They could tailor the team to him and go for it.

I just haven’t been able to read BA’s mind so far.
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bucoffmatey
1 year ago

Please fix the forum so I can reply to some of these comments. Geez, talk about no fun.

Dman
1 year ago

Spitfire – you’re right, I forgot about Montana and the Chiefs.

Big Wheel 80
1 year ago

No riskit no biscuit we haven’t seen the playoffs in 12 years all I want is for us to win and we can’t do that with 20 or 30 turnovers from the qb

cgmaster27
1 year ago

Buc ass the year manning “took” denver to the superbowl he had 9 tds and 17 interceptions. The defense won that superbowl, if brady has those stats next year, were 4-12. Cmon man at leaste pretend to know what youre talking about.

BigSombrero
1 year ago

Peyton Manning had 100 INTs in his first 5 years. Winston had 88. Brady threw a pick 6 to end his teams season in 2019. Same as Winston. No one shows Brady’s failure, yet its all you hear about with Winston. Brady had a lower rated passer rating in 2019. Bucs are gettin punked and the fans are 100% ON BOARD. Pathetic. It’s a Bucs life. Be prepared for an awesome overpayment of an overdone has-been. Even if you think he’s the GOAT, he’s 43. Perspective: He’s 3 years older than Byron Leftwich. This fantasy is soooooooooooo stupid. ONLY THE… Read more »

BigSombrero
1 year ago

Brady was a lower rated QB in 2019 than Winston and Winston had 30 interceptions!!!!

Stew on that fact Bucs fans who love Brady, including COACHES!!!!!!

BigSombrero
1 year ago

To be clear: Brady was 18th in QBR and Winston was 17th. QBR is a metric which takes many factors into consideration. Interceptions are a huge demerit. If Winston cleaned up his INT’s to half, he would have finished in the top 5 QB’s with Russell WIlson, Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Tannehill and others.

Brady couldn’t have done anything to increase his QBR. His arm is TOAST, contrary to puff pieces reminiscing about Brady circu 2007-2015.

Charlie
1 year ago

Oh, this would be amazing. For those clamoring that Winston is better or has more overall upside. You’re just stupid. And yes All-Time greats have switched teams and had success. Manning was good enough in all 3 years in Denver for them to have a chance at Championships. Montana, Favre. If Brady had even half the weapons he would have in Tampa in New England last year, the Pat’s are the ones probably representing the AFC and not the Chiefs. Lots of you guys wanna forget, this guy once held the NFL record for passing TDs in a single season…with… Read more »

BigSombrero
1 year ago

I’ll trade you an 43 year old who was the 18th rated QB and passed for 4000 yards/24 Td’s for a 17th rated QB who is 26 years old and passed for 5100 yards/32 Tds – STRAIGHT UP.

DEAL????

Dude
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Interceptions, which you forgot to mention, are deal breakers. No one wins with turnovers. Especially turnovers that lead to points. Like Winston’s NFL record setting “7” pick 6’s. That’s -42 points alone for the Bucs just off those 7 Int’s. Then factor in the results of the other 24 TO’s and it gets much, much worse. Unfortunately, you can’t win with those kind of numbers. Brady had 8 Int’s for 2019. Then you factor in Tom Brady’s G.O.A.T. Championship numbers vs. Winston’s, “You look at my numbers, I’m ballin’,” attitude, there’s no comparison. Confidence without results is B.S., plain and… Read more »

BigSombrero
1 year ago

@Charlie You must not watch Tom Brady much. He doesn’t throw to the deep threat. He throws to Welker/Amendola/Edelman underneath coverage. HOF WR Randy Moss NEVER lead the team in receptions or yards. NOT ONCE!!!!!!!! He dumps off to RB’s like James White/ Rex Burkehad/ Dion Lewis. He has a “between the tackles” thumper like Lagarrett Blount/Sony Michel. I shake my head at how inept so many of you fans are. Do you even watch the games or do you just read the press clippings from suck up sycophants Chris Collinsworth/MIke Tirico/Peter King? Montana, Favre, and Manning were not 43… Read more »

twspin
1 year ago

Why would you spend the vast majority of your salary cap on an over the hill player? You see how the Titans came to their senses..Quick! Take that money and fortify our O line and get a good RB. Franchise Jameis and lets get going. Brady’s days of leading teams to the promised land are over. New England knows it. And thats why theydon’t want to break the bank on him. Everybody plays the fool in life..sometimes. But its time for our franchise to wake up..and smell the coffee.

BigSombrero
1 year ago

BTW, no one remembers Michael Jordan as a Washington Wizard. It’s a footnote best forgotten. No one says how great Montana did in Kansas City. FOOTNOTE!!!

Question: Where did the great Johnny Unitas finish his carrer at age 40?

It wasn’t as a COLT. He was a Charger for his last pathetic season.

PS: NO ONE FUCKING CARES!!

The Bucs are making a seriously stupid self inflicted wound if they bring Brady in. Any fool who thinks this equates into a championship, much less 2 or 3 championships is just plain stupid. There is literally a Z-E-R-O percent chance!

The Wall
1 year ago

So, let me get this right. Nobody out there fits into Arians offense except Winston, right? Arians didn’t utilize our tight ends, which most of the world thought was going to be a strength going into last year. I don’t remember using many check downs either. Looking at Arian’s offense, I’m not sure Brady would have fit in an Arian’s offense three years ago, let alone today. Based on the forever, unchangeable Arian’s offensive system, Winston is our only choice, right? Maybe Arian’s should think about making some adjustments himself before we sign up for another chaotic year with Winston.… Read more »

SaskBucs
1 year ago

The writing is on the wall for Jameis. It’s obvious now. Most of us understand the upside to Jameis but just like a 43 yr old who is less mobile is a risk, so is a QB who can throw a mind numbing pick at any time. Difference is one is the GOAT and I gotta assume that has a more positive effect on the team as a whole. Brady and Teddy look like the 2 options and from a business standpoint it’s a no brainer. I believe with the Dline retained, a veteran secondary player added, a couple O… Read more »

Captain Sly
1 year ago

LOL Some people will say anything to get their way! Although I’m not for breaking the bank for a 43 yr old Brady he is a clear upgrade compared to our turnover machine Winston for any $$$ amount. For me the options are clear: Sign a veteran QB who knows how to protect the football and Draft a QB who will be groomed to take the reigns in 2021….. This team needs to re-sign this defensive front, build this Offensive Line and find a veteran Safety to close up the back end of the secondary. The worst thing that they… Read more »

Dude
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

You make a great point about signing Brady and drafting a QB. Who else would be better for a rookie QB to sit behind and learn? That alone would be worth the investment even if Brady didn’t take the Bucs all the way to the promise land during his tenure here if signed. Now that would be planning for the future!

The Wall
1 year ago

Totally agree Captain Sly!

Dman
1 year ago

Signing Brady at $30million+ won’t leave much cap space for the other priorities we’ve been talking about for the past three months. No way Bellichick let’s go of Brady if he thinks he’s still got it and take them to a SB.

Dude
1 year ago

I bet Belichick has been wondering all along if he could win a SB with another QB besides Brady. He wouldn’t be much of a coach if he didn’t at least ponder the idea at some point in time over the years. I’m sure he would be up for the challenge.

gcolerick
1 year ago

Captain Ahab….all I can say is maybe you should take a dose of your own medicine. Your comment certainly does not border on the positive side.

twspin
1 year ago

I see what our Bucs are doing..Leting Jameis hit the open market. Then signing him for what They want to pay him. which is probably about 10 or 11 mil per yr. Careful though, it might backfire. You never know.

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