A dark horse “threat” appears to have emerged for Tom Brady’s impending free agency decision.
For most of the offseason, three teams have been mentioned as likely destinations for the six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, if he were to leave New England. The Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders and Tennessee Titans all have reasons to believe Brady could have interest in signing with them.
Lately, though, a dark horse franchise has been mentioned as a potential threat. The Boston Globe reports that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could “steal” Brady away from the likely frontrunners.
“While most of the buzz has revolved around the Chargers and Raiders, the Bucs have quietly been lurking as a major player in the Brady sweepstakes,” the Boston Globe reports.
A league source told the Globe that the Bucs are one of three teams getting mentioned the most for Brady’s free agency, along with the Chargers and the Raiders.
Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians admitted on Tuesday that the Bucs could go after Brady in free agency.
“Philip (Rivers) is another guy. We’ll see,” Arians said at the NFL Combine.
Asked for examples of NFL quarterbacks he'd pick up the phone for in free agency, Bruce Arians said "Tom Brady. Philip (Rivers) is another guy. We'll see."
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) February 25, 2020
The Bucs have yet to reach an agreement with Jameis Winston, who could move on to a different team in 2020.
Arians has had success with a veteran quarterback before, as Carson Palmer led his Cardinals to a Super Bowl in 2009. Perhaps Brady could do the same in Tampa Bay.
The Bucs possess multiple elite weapons on offense and with Drew Brees getting up there in age, Cam Newton’s health in doubt and the Falcons reeling, the NFC South could be for the taking.
Tampa Bay will have heavy competition when it comes to Brady’s free agency, of course, but it appears everyone should be taking them seriously.