According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the team’s head coach Bruce Arians are willing to give Tom Brady control over the roster if he decides to take his talents to west Florida.
Russini also revealed that the market for a 43-year-old quarterback, even with six Super Bowl rings to his name, isn’t as robust as one might be led to believe.
“The reality is, from just talking to sources around the league, it seems Brady is a lot more interested in teams than teams are actually interested in Tom Brady,” Russini said during her appearance on Get Up on Tuesday.
The list of teams that have at one point or another reportedly expressed interest in Brady include the Raiders, Buccaneers, Bears, Browns, Chargers, Cowboys, Colts, Titans, 49ers, Panthers, Steelers, and, of course, the Patriots.
The Chargers, Titans, Raiders and 49ers have gotten the most ink lately when it comes to a potential landing spot for TB12, but Russini says don’t sleep on the Buccaneers who are expected to part ways with Jameis Winston.
“Are there teams out there that are all in that I’ve talked to? I talked to Tampa Bay. They would love to have Tom Brady,” Russini revealed. “They are willing to give Tom Brady the things he needs, he wants. And some of those things he wants — control over roster, he wants to be part of making decisions on the play-calling. If you take a look at what Bruce Arians has done in the past, with Ben Roethlisberger, they’ve both been very public about how BA’s let Ben call plays, so talk about a match made in Heaven in terms of if that’s what Brady is looking for. If he wants control, Bruce Arians is a guy he should match up with.”
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NFL teams can begin negotiating with free agents beginning on March 16th.