Tom Brady Watch: How Buccaneers do/don’t make sense

For the first time in Tom Brady’s 20-year NFL career, the quarterback has the potential to be a free agent. Even though it isn’t for over a month, a number of teams have already been linked to the quarterback. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll look at each of those teams and go through the pros and cons.



Like some of the other possible teams, there aren’t a great deal of positives with Tampa Bay. Head coach Bruce Arians likely would be one of them, as he’s a fun coach to play for, especially as a quarterback. Arians is known for his passing offense and loves to throw the football. Look at Jameis Winston last season leading the NFL in pass attempts and passing yards. That would likely appeal to Brady.

The Buccaneers also have some decent weapons in the passing game in wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, as well as tight end O.J. Howard. Brady could certainly get behind throwing to these players, who in Evans and Godwin’s case, love to make plays down the field. 

It is notable the Buccaneers have the fourth-most cap space in the league next season at just under $80 million, so if they could convince Brady to sign, they would also have the ability to add more pieces.


It’s hard to envision Brady playing in Tampa Bay and wearing a Buccaneers uniform. They play in the NFC South, which if teams reach their potential, it has the chance to be one of the toughest divisions in football. Tampa Bay’s defense is among the worst in the league, so Brady would have to do a ton in order to win games.

In terms of a city, Tampa Bay is certainly not at the top of Brady’s list, especially when it comes to advancing his TB12 brand. While Florida is nice, TB12’s clientele certainly is not in that area, and also, would Gisele Bundchen want to frequently visit that area?


Not much thought was really given to the Buccaneers until NBC Sports’ Peter King went on Dale & Keefe and called them a “sleeping giant” in the Brady sweepstakes. It feels like a long-shot for it to actually happen, but they should not totally be discounted.

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