As has been the case throughout Tom Brady’s tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whenever the team has been lacking, particularly on offense, Brady has reached out to free agents and even retired players to fill the void.
Without Brady’s influence, it’s safe to assume that players like Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, and Leonard Fournette would have never worn a Bucs jersey.
And that same trend appears to be continuing with the recent Bucs acquisition of veteran wide receiver Cole Beasley. It’s been reported that Brady had a direct influence on the acquisition, which makes sense given his history with the team’s signings.
With the barrage of injuries that have plagued the Bucs offense so far this season, Beasley’s acquisition should make Bucs fans feel a little more positively about their ailing offense.
However, not everyone was happy with the acquisition with Brady’s ex-teammate Julian Edelman being first among them.
Speaking about the signing during his role as an analyst, Edelman expressed a joking frustration that he didn’t receive a call from Brady considering that Beasley and him effectively play the same position of slot receiver.
While Edelman is in his second year of retirement at this point and seems very comfortable, who knows what could have occurred if he did receive a call from Brady instead of Beasley. After all, many thought there was no chance that Gronkowski would ever return from retirement and were proved very wrong.
Now, to be clear, Edelman was likely throwing the jab for humorous purposes considering he was smiling and laughing the whole time discussing it, but one has to wonder if there was a little truth somewhere in there.
There is still a long season ahead and plenty of time for Brady to potentially call up old buddies to come play, Edelman included, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
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