Rick Stroud: “The Bucs just had a sense -- having followed Brady through the years and knowing what they had on their roster -- that Brady would want to leave New England, which many teams didn’t think he would, and that they had talent here that he would be attracted to… In the interview they thought they were going to have to make a really strong pitch, but it turns out that he was almost trying to convince them they should do this. He looked at the team, knew everything about their players, even about the defense they played the last few weeks, and was well schooled on a lot of things and excited to be in Bruce Arians’ offense… It was interesting, he didn’t ask for anything. There were stories about him wanting control of the offense, or players that he would want to play with; he didn’t even ask for the number 12. What he did ask for at the end was one thing – he wanted the phone numbers to all his new teammates. When they got off the phone, they looked at each other and were like ‘it looks like we got ourselves a quarterback.’” (Full Audio Above)
Listen Tampa Bay Buccaneers insider Rick Stroud join The Herd to explain to Colin Cowherd how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled off one of the most notorious free agent signings in the history of sports, as the dormant franchise who hasn’t won a playoff game in nearly 20 years agreed on a deal with six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.
Brady signed a two-year, $50 million deal with a dangerous and budding Bucs team who boasts elite weapons on the offensive side of the ball the likes of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Breshad Perriman, OJ Howard, and Cameron Brate, coming off a season in which former quarterback Jameis Winston led the NFL in passing yards and was second in the league in touchdown passes.