Buccaneers: Was Tampa Tom Brady’s first choice in free agency?

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Tom Brady and the Buccaneers look like a perfect fit in free agency retroactively, but perhaps Tampa wasn’t always Brady’s first choice.

No one likes dealing in ‘what ifs.’ Let’s face it, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are Super Bowl champions, so little else matters, but was this always the first choice for both entities? Based on a short clip from Tom Brady on The Shop, it seems like there was another way that free agency could’ve played out.

While the clip could be chopped up to create drama where it didn’t exist in the original interview, it seems like Brady was questioning the decision by one team to stick with their quarterback over the GOAT.

This statement could be referring to numerous teams, but it sure seems like this was in reference to Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers.

All of this is purely conjecture, but it fits on paper. There was mutual interest between Brady and the 49ers with San Francisco needing a new quarterback to help them get over the hump and for Brady to join an immediate contender.

The 49ers’ decision to stick with their quarterback of Brady cost them dearly, as Brady went to a team that was out of the playoffs while San Francisco was coming off of a Super Bowl appearance. The 49ers went on to experience another season of Jimmy G injuries while the Bucs won the Super Bowl.

We can all be happy that Brady was extremely instrumental in winning the highest honor for the Bucs, but the clip and Brady’s strong choice of language make it seem like some bitterness remains.

People rarely use the explicative that Samuel L Jackson made popular about a person or situation that they don’t feel strongly about. Perhaps Brady simply saw this as a slight more than anything else, but there is a chance that he was legitimately disappointed by the decision of this other team to not offer a contract.

In the end, everything boils down to the fact that Brady and the Bucs won, and every other team didn’t. Tampa is still the team to beat in the league, and that isn’t changing for as long as Brady remains.

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Whoever this mystery team is, regardless of who it is, they clearly made a mistake. Fortunately, the Bucs didn’t.

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