The Tampa Bay Buccaneers already had a big decision this offseason on whether to continue with having Jameis Winston at quarterback going forward, but it seems like they have shifted their attention elsewhere.
According to Rick Stroud of TampaBay.com, the team plans to go all-in for Patriots QB Tom Brady during free agency.
Not only that, head coach Bruce Arians is reportedly “leading the charge” with Bucs ownership ready to what it takes to get the 6-time Super Bowl champion.
ESPN’s Dianna Russini added the Bucs are willing to give the 42-year-old control over the roster.
“Are there teams out there that are all in that I’ve talked to? I talked to Tampa Bay. They would love to have Tom Brady,” Russini revealed. “They are willing to give Tom Brady the things he needs, he wants. And some of those things he wants — control over roster, he wants to be part of making decisions on the play-calling. If you take a look at what Bruce Arians has done in the past, with Ben Roethlisberger, they’ve both been very public about how BA’s let Ben call plays, so talk about a match made in Heaven in terms of if that’s what Brady is looking for. If he wants control, Bruce Arians is a guy he should match up with.”
“It’s true. The franchise that has not reached the postseason in 12 years will do almost anything to land the quarterback who has been to the playoffs for 11 straight seasons and won six Super Bowls.
If we reach the legal free-agent tampering period Monday at noon and Brady is behind Door No. 2, Bruce Arians and the Glazer family will try to kick that sucker down for Touchdown Tommy.
This is not hype. It’s hope. This is fact, not fantasy. This is the plan. This is the Bucs’ play.”
Reports have said Brady is currently operating under the belief that he will not be back with the Patriots in 2020.
The 42-year-old threw for 4,057 yards, 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions during the 2019 season.