Will QB Brady Show Up For Bucs OTAs?


If latest historical past is any indication, don’t count on Bucs quarterback Tom Brady to indicate up for OTAs (organized group actions) this offseason.

Bucs normal supervisor Jason Licht mentioned that the 44-year outdated Brady has been speaking with new head coach Todd Bowles about whether or not he’ll take part or not.

“He and Todd have had fixed communication with that,” Licht mentioned. “It’s voluntary proper now. He’s going into his twenty third season. Clearly he is aware of methods to maintain himself throughout this voluntary portion. I do know he and Todd have had a number of conversations about that. No worries by any means.”

Brady didn’t take part in OTAs in his last two seasons in New England so he may spend extra time together with his spouse and youngsters within the offseason. After retiring for 40 days to spend extra time together with his household, after which abruptly un-retiring, don’t be stunned to see Brady skip OTAs once more. He appears intent on spending as a lot time as he can together with his household this offseason.

Brady has but to undergo OTAs in Tampa Bay. There was no offseason program in 2020, Brady’s first yr with the Bucs, because of COVID-19. However, needing to be taught the playbook, Brady gathered some teammates and held his personal exercises at Berkeley Prep Excessive Faculty in Tampa.

Final yr after successful Tremendous Bowl LV, former head coach Bruce Arians advised the veteran starters to avoid the group facility and work out on their very own.

Bucs OC Byron Leftwich and QB Tom Brady – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I simply advised them, ‘Don’t be right here,’” Arians mentioned. “I’d like to have them within the conferences, watching movie, do some group constructing. We’ve had some guys come out and in. However so far as for those who had been a starter, you weren’t gonna be on the sphere anyway.”

Brady led a handful of offseason exercises on the Yankees coaching advanced subsequent to the stadium as a substitute. In the meantime, Arians and the coaches labored with creating the group’s youthful gamers, who acquired extra reps.

Brady is now coming into his third season within the Bucs offense and has mastered it. That’s evidenced by him main the league in passing yards and touchdowns final season and guiding the Bucs to a 13-4 report.

The OTAs, that are on-field group exercises, start on Tuesday, Could 17 after the 2022 NFL Draft. There are 9 OTAs which, like a lot of the offseason exercises, are voluntary. The one exception is the obligatory mini-camp on June 7-9.

Licht additionally commented on two different questions pertaining to Brady. He referred to as the entire rumors and hypothesis about Brady presumably desirous to play in Miami “chatter.”

“It’s chatter,” Licht mentioned. “We’re targeted on placing our group collectively right here with the draft. We’re all excited and we’re all in lockstep. Tom, Todd, myself, Byron [Leftwich] and the whole teaching workers.”

Licht was additionally requested if Brady was going to have any enter into the 2022 NFL Draft. Whereas Brady has made his emotions identified about a few of Tampa Bay’s free agent targets, Licht mentioned the long run Corridor of Famer stays out of the draft.

“He stays away,” Licht mentioned. “He trusts us. That’s simply not in his nature anyway.”

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