Buccaneers GM Jason Licht: Tom Brady pitched himself on initial phone call

Ryan Hannable
March 30, 2020 - 9:48 pm

This may not be a great look for Tom Brady.

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Appearing on ESPN's "Get Up!" Monday, Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht detailed the first conversation he had with Brady during the week of free agency. He made it seem like Brady was pitching himself to the Bucs, instead of the Bucs pitching themselves to Brady.

"We had a great conversation — Bruce (Arians) and I — we talked to (Brady) for over an hour and a half," Licht said. "And he made it clear in the conversation that he was very, very interested. It was almost like a recruitment on his part, telling us why it would make sense for him to come to Tampa Bay. The next call we made, we signed him, but it was at that phone call that we realized, that we felt like we had him."

These comments almost make Brady look desperate in a way. If he had a number of teams interested in his services, why would he be pitching himself?

Licht also said he believes Brady could play past his two-year contract.

"We feel like he could still play for over two years for us, and hopefully that's the case," he said.

Lastly, he's just looking forward to seeing Brady on the field working with gifted wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

"The tape showed to us that (Brady) had plenty of arm. In fact, we thought that he had an ideal arm for Bruce in his system," Licht said. "He can still throw it deep. We felt like the mobility was still the same as he's always had, which, he's never been able to outrun anybody. But he certainly is good in the pocket in terms of eluding pressure and with his poise and his instincts. We did not see a decline in his arm talent whatsoever."

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