Buccaneers ‘would have turned every brick’ for a QB if Tom Brady had stayed retired

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Within the space of two weeks, Russell Wilson, Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson and Matt Ryan were traded from their respective teams for a net difference of a dozen draft picks. It was the quarterback frenzy of March.

For Bruce Arians, Tom Brady has always been the apple of his eye. But if the GOAT were to remain retired, the Buccaneers were willing to go all in on acquiring a new starter.

The process had actually already begun.

“We started by uncovering as many rocks as we could,” Arians told NFL Network’s Steve Wyche during an interview at the annual league meeting. “We would have turned every rock. … Jason was making his calls. We were in the middle of all that stuff when Tom decided to come back and thank goodness we were able to say, ‘No thanks, brother. We love it.'”

With Brady, of course, the Bucs couldn’t be in a title fight anymore. The 15-time Pro Bowler is coming off one of his better seasons, finishing second in MVP voting. He’s also certainly annoyed by how his team ended last season, going from 24 points down to the Rams in the NFC Divisional Round only to lose on a field goal at the buzzer.

How Brady played during the season and how he felt afterward left his coach hopeful that he would change his mind. Forty days after announcing his retirement, Brady was officially back.

“The way he played last year was arguably his best year ever,” Arians said. “There’s no drop-off – week 16, play-offs, it was on fire. And there won’t be a drop-off this year. After the season I said, ‘Tom, how are you feeling?’ He said, “This is the best I’ve felt physically in years after a season.” So I say, ‘Okay, we’ll definitely keep that light on, brother.'”

While many in the league never believed Brady was really ready, rumors surfaced that a rift had developed between him and Arians, including reports that the 44-year-old was looking to play elsewhere in 2022. the mention of this makes Arians laugh.

“I have no idea where it came from,” he said. “Someone has to write a story about something every day. Tom and I have a great relationship. Even in retirement, ‘Where are you?’ “I’m in Italy.” ‘How are you?’ “I’ve got the kids here.” You know, I’m just looking at him. I can’t get him back on the golf course because he travels too much, so I can’t win enough money from him.”

In reality, Brady’s return to Tampa Bay led to those of cornerback Carlton Davis and center Ryan Jensen, and influenced the addition of wideout Russell Gage, guard Shaq Mason and defensive back Logan Ryan. With their seven-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback in tow, the Bucs have only one goal for the coming season.

“They know what Tom brings and we have a shot at another ring. And that’s it. That’s the bottom line,” Arians said. “It’s all about the ring again. Not reloading, not seeing who’s going to do this, who’s going to do that, how we’re going to fit this guy in. Everyone knows his role again now. …

“The smile hasn’t really come off my face. I drink too much, but otherwise it’s been a constant party. It’s been huge for us to have Tom back.”

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