In case anybody was nonetheless questioning, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and common supervisor Jason Licht cleared up the Tom Brady scenario. Arians and Licht, talking from the NFL Scouting Mix in Indianapolis, left little doubt the place the Bucs and Brady stand. Sadly, there’s nonetheless loads of doubt about the place the Bucs’ quarterback scenario stands.
Sure, the Bucs would welcome Brady again as their quarterback. And, if the star sign caller un-retired, the Bucs would do no matter it took to make the financials work.
“I feel with a Tom Brady, I personally, by no means wish to utterly shut the door,” Licht stated. “Now, I don’t have any data that implies that he’s going to return again. I’m superb mates with him. We speak, [but] we haven’t talked about that. Don’t wish to apply any stress in that regard proper now. However he’s Tom Brady. If Tom Brady desires to return again, we’d welcome him again.”
No, the Bucs don’t count on Brady to un-retire. They’ve heard his causes for retiring, and so they consider he’ll keep that method consequently. As Licht stated, they’ll go away the sunshine on for him. However they definitely aren’t banking on his return.
“I’ve no data,” Licht stated. “I’ve talked with Tom, however not about this. Simply because we’re mates. I’ve talked to Tom a number of instances. However not about this. So I don’t have any data that he’s going to return again. However on a participant like Tom Brady, you simply by no means shut the door.
“So till we decide on what we’re going to do, or what presents itself. Typically the choice isn’t made by [us], typically it’s made by different elements. However, yeah, by no means say by no means. However I don’t have any new data saying that he’s coming again.”
Sure, the Bucs are nonetheless unlikely to draft a quarterback early this yr. They consider in Kyle Trask sufficient to let him have an opportunity. And it positive doesn’t sound like Licht or Arians are followers of this quarterback class.
“We drafted Kyle Trask [in the second round] for a cause,” Arians stated. “He matches every thing we wish to do [at the] quarterback [position]. I actually, actually favored what I noticed for a yr. So I doubt drafting is an possibility. For all the opposite guys, it’s going to be a commerce. Nicely, you don’t commerce by your self – you’ve received to have a accomplice, in order that could possibly be out of the query.”
No, they don’t count on to have the ability to commerce for one more staff’s premier beginning quarterback. Most groups don’t wish to half methods with an ideal quarterback with no clear Plan B on their roster.
“There’s at all times some chatter,” Licht stated on the commerce market. “There’s at all times some speak. It’s often a little bit extra speak than it’s motion.”
“Trades are simply out of the query,” Arians stated. “It’s important to have a accomplice. These guys aren’t simply keen and calling. ‘Hey you need my man?’ Who’s behind door No. 2 for them? So I don’t see very many of those guys transferring. There is perhaps one. Max two. Guys that we predict may take us to the Tremendous Bowl. I like about eight of them. However they’re all taking part in for anyone else. I don’t see groups giving up quarterbacks.”
No, the Bucs gained’t commerce Brady to a different staff. And he hasn’t requested for a commerce or indicated he desires to play elsewhere in any respect.
“Nope, it’s unhealthy enterprise,” Arians stated. He’s referring to the truth that the Bucs may by no means get a commerce return matching Brady’s worth to them.
What about for a king’s ransom?
“5 No. 1 [picks]? Possibly,” Arians stated, laughing.
It’s going to be exhausting for the Bucs to discover an elite quarterback this offseason. However they will completely construct their roster again as much as entice a high sign caller at a later date. They did it with Brady two years in the past. There’s no cause to consider they will’t do it once more sooner or later.