The Tampa Bay Buccaneers secured their starting quarterback for 2020 and potentially beyond when they signed Tom Brady last month, and they are sticking with Blaine Gabbert to help fill out their depth chart at the position.
Gabbert has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Bucs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.
Source: Tom Brady has his backup. Blaine Gabbert is going back to the #Bucs on a 1-year deal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 2, 2020
Gabbert signed with Tampa Bay last offseason, but he suffered a shoulder injury during the preseason and was placed on injured reserve in September. The former No. 10 overall pick was expected to serve as the primary backup behind Jameis Winston before he got hurt, and he has a good chance to secure that role heading into 2020.
Gabbert was drafted in the first round by the Jacksonville Jaguars back in 2011. He spent time with the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans after that before landing with the Bucs. He should be familiar with Bruce Arians’ system from his time with the team last year, though that system could very well change going forward.
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Tom Brady may have to throw more deep balls in 2020 than he has thrown in any other season of his NFL career, and it’s not unreasonable to view that as a potential problem for a quarterback who will turn 43 in August. That is obviously something the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked into, and they don’t sound the least bit concerned.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht said on ESPN’s “Get Up!” Monday morning that the team does not believe Brady’s arm strength has diminished based on the quarterback’s tape from last season.
“We felt that he had the ideal arm for Bruce and his system. He can still throw it deep,” Licht said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “We felt the mobility was still the same as he’s always had, which he’s never been able to out-run anybody but he’s good in the pocket in terms of eluding pressure with his poise and his instincts. We did not see a decline in his arm talent whatsoever and in fact we felt like he could play for over two years for us. Hopefully, that’s the case.”
The system Brady helped created in New England is one that emphasizes getting the ball out quickly and throwing a ton of short routes. Arians has typically coached with a much different style, as his quarterbacks utilize a lot of deep dropbacks and throws down the field. Brady’s arm strength may be put to the test more than ever in Tampa Bay, so time will tell if he’s still able to deliver the ball accurately downfield.
Of course, Arians has already said the Bucs’ offense next season will likely be a combination of the coach’s philosophies and what Brady is comfortable with. We shouldn’t expect to see Brady slinging the ball deep the way Jameis Winston and Ben Roethlisberger did while playing under Arians.
Ndamukong Suh is staying in Tampa.
As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the veteran defensive tackle is staying with the Buccaneers on a one-year deal worth $8 million.
Suh may not be the force that he once was, but he remains a quality NFL defensive lineman. His 2.5 sacks last season were a career low, though he did score two defensive touchdowns.
There is obviously a lot of excitement about what may happen on the offensive side of the ball in Tampa next season. However, the defense was improving as the season went on, and it will be imperative to keep that momentum going into 2020. Retaining Suh should certainly help with that as the Bucs look to be playoff contenders with Tom Brady under center.
Tom Brady has officially signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he is eager to get to work with his new team. He is also ready to showcase his leadership to the franchise.
The Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud published a great story on Saturday full of details about the process through which the Bucs landed Brady. Brady spoke with Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and GM Jason Licht over the phone and mostly quizzed them.
Brady let them know how serious he was about joining the team and left it up to his agent to talk money.
What did Brady want from the Bucs? Only one thing.
According to Stroud, Brady asked for the phone numbers for his new teammates.
Brady wanted to reach out and talk with them so he could connect immediately.
Brady may be turning 43 in August, but his desire to win has not wavered. In fact, he probably is fired up and feeling even more motivated to succeed and show the world he still has it.
Brady will be all business and has a lot of work to do to prepare for the upcoming season now that he will be in a new organization and new offense after 20 years of mostly continuity with the Patriots. And we’re guessing an early call from Brady will go to this man.
Predictably, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of the hottest tickets around now that they’ve sealed the signing of Tom Brady.
ESPN’s Jenna Laine shared data from Fanatics showing some of the remarkable rises in Buccaneer merchandise sales since Brady signed. More Bucs gear sold Friday than in the previous two weeks total, and the team quickly became the number one seller in all sports.
From @Fanatics: Tom Brady day-over-day jersey sales are up 900%. The @Buccaneers are the No. 1 selling team across their network today (jerseys and other merchandise). More Bucs gear has been sold today than the last two weeks combined.
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) March 20, 2020
Brady jerseys always sell, but now that he’s on a new team, they’re going to be the biggest thing going for a while. Bucs gear may get even bigger if rumors of other players wanting to join Brady in Tampa turn out to be true.
Tom Brady officially signed his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, and let’s just say the deal proves the team believes the 42-year-old is still capable of performing at an elite level.
Brady and the Bucs agreed to a two-year, $50 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The contract is fully guaranteed, and it includes up to $9 million in additional incentives. The Buccaneers have also agreed to not trade Brady or use the franchise tag on him when the deal expires.
Updated: Tom Brady's contract details with Tampa, sources tell ESPN: 2 years, $50 million deal, all guaranteed, that also includes another $9 million in incentives – $4.5 million in incentives per year. The contract also prohibits tags and trades.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 20, 2020
The no franchise tag guarantee may be the most interesting part of Brady’s contract, as it implies he has not ruled out continuing to play beyond the two-year deal. Brady has said he wants to play until he is 45, and he will turn 45 just before the start of the 2022 season.
There were numerous reports that teams were willing to pay Brady at least $30 million per year, and you have to assume the Los Angeles Chargers would have outbid the Bucs for him if given an opportunity. Brady took below-market contracts with the Patriots throughout his tenure with them, and he likely did the same with Tampa Bay.
With the details of Brady’s new contract now known, it seems even more obvious that his departure from New England was not about money. We have heard of several special accommodations the Bucs were willing to make for him, and it sounds like Bill Belichick simply did not want to bend over backwards for a player who will turn 43 before the start of next season.
Tom Brady is officially a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.
Following days of reports that he had agreed to a deal with the Bucs, Brady shared a photo on Instagram Friday that featured him signing his new contract. The 42-year-old said he is “excited, humble and hungry.”
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Excited, humble and hungry …if there is one thing I have learned about football, it’s that nobody cares what you did last year or the year before that…you earn the trust and respect of those around through your commitment every single day. I’m starting a new football journey and thankful for the @buccaneers for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do. I look forward to meeting all my new teammates and coaches and proving to them that they can believe and trust in me…I have always believed that well done is better than well said, so I’m gonna not gonna say much more – I’m just gonna get to work! #Year1 p.s. Jack Brady with the photocred
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“Excited, humble and hungry …if there is one thing I have learned about football, it’s that nobody cares what you did last year or the year before that…you earn the trust and respect of those around through your commitment every single day,” Brady wrote. “I’m starting a new football journey and thankful for the @buccaneers for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do. I look forward to meeting all my new teammates and coaches and proving to them that they can believe and trust in me…I have always believed that well done is better than well said, so I’m gonna not gonna say much more – I’m just gonna get to work! #Year1”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the contract is a two-year deal, as expected.
The image of Brady signing a contract with a team other than the Patriots is one that is surreal for fans in New England, but it is now a reality. It took a little while to finalize the deal due to complications from the coronavirus outbreak, but Brady was reportedly able to take a physical in New York on Thursday. He obviously passed.
Brady will now headline an offense that features star receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and that is likely one of the reasons he chose Tampa Bay. Patriots fans are wondering if Julian Edelman will try to join Brady after the hint Edelman dropped on social media this week.