Bucs G.M. says Blaine Gabbert could be eventual successor to Tom Brady in Tampa

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While Tom Brady seems intent on playing in the NFL as long as possible, at some point there will be a post-Brady world in Tampa.

It could be in two years, three years or even longer than that before another quarterback is called upon to be the starter for the Buccaneers. Nevertheless, Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht mentioned a name they are already quite familiar with as being the possible successor to Brady in Tampa when that time comes.

Via Taylor Jenkins of PewterReport.com, Licht said that Blaine Gabbert could be the guy they’d turn to as he has impressed them during his last two years in Tampa.

“First of all, I love his energy,” Licht said. “I’ve really gotten close to Blaine this year just being on the sidelines. He’s a really smart guy but he is one guy, my scouts and I talk about this a lot, he’s just one guy that I love to watch throw every day in practice because he has got a cannon. He’s very accurate with his throws as well and he can just really whistle them in in tight windows. If he had been forced to play, he played in the Detroit game, but if he had been forced to play more I think that he would have really opened a lot of people’s eyes about how talented he is, especially being in the same system for a couple of years.”

After signing with Tampa in 2019, Gabbert missed all of his first season with the team due to a dislocated shoulder suffered during the preseason. Gabbert appeared in four games this season for Tampa He completed 9-of-16 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns in limited relief opportunities in place of Brady.

Gabbert has made 48 total starts for four different teams during his 10-year NFL career. He hasn’t been a regular starter since starting 13 games over two seasons for the San Francisco 49ers in 2015-16.

Considering all Brady does is continue to perform and win, he may still be playing into his 50’s. So the question of who will ultimately take his place in Tampa is one that likely won’t need answering for a while.

35 responses to “Bucs G.M. says Blaine Gabbert could be eventual successor to Tom Brady in Tampa

  1. Licht only said this because he knows Brady is probably gonna outlast Gabbert’s career, so he’s safe from his prediction lol.

  2. Brady is gone as soon as that SB window shuts in a year. Better to start thinking of a contingency plan now. That being said, Gabbert ain’t it.

  3. This Bucs fan hopes the Bucs sign Brady to an extension. Let him play for the Bucs as long as he wants. Tom Brady is the ultimate professional and will retire when he feels like his skills have diminished, so there really in no risk. Does anyone really think if Brady plays for two or three (or more) years that he won’t win at least one more Super Bowl? I’m sure many people have gone broke betting against Tom Brady over the years. I’ll ride with the winner. #GOAT

  4. With all due respect to the Bucs and Licht……was he double fisting Bud Lights at the time he said this?

  5. Man.. this is such a lie.. Tom is going to play for another 5 years and Blaine Gabbert will retire…

  6. Blaine Gabbert? Sure. Maybe he has improved but there’s a fairly decent bidy of work out there on Gabbert. Maybe he has even improved enough to be a viable starter but his ceiling will not be all pro or even pro bowler based on what he’s shown in the past.

  7. If that’s the plan then I think you’ll quickly see that Brady is the reason the Bucs were a super bowl team.

  8. So basically the Bucs want a QB at 32 and don’t want any teams at the top of round 2 trading ahead of them and taking their guy.

  9. Sounds like he’s preparing his fans for the tank season to come whenever TB12 and Gronk retire

  10. He must be thinking ahead to tanking for the first draft choice if he is serious about Gabbert as QB

  11. If a guy has been literally laughed out of the NFL, it was this guy. I’m sure Bucs fans are excited to see Gabbert coming into the fold. SMH.

  12. Gabbert is a lot better than people think. In the same system now and with those weapons if they can keep them, Gabbert would thrive.

  13. With the way they’ve been drafting lately I could see us being a playoff team with Gabbert not sure about super bowl contenders though. Gonna have to draft a QB eventually.

  14. donterrelli says:
    February 12, 2021 at 8:24 am

    Kaepernik started his kneeling campaign because he got benched for Gabbert.

    Wins BEST POST Award

  15. If Gabbert is your starting QB, your team is in deep trouble. I know Arians is loyal to ‘his’ players, and Gabbert is one of ‘his’ guys. No way Gabbert is a starting caliber QB. The Bucs need to find a young QB and let Tom Brady mold him with work ethic and his desire to play winning football. There is no time like the present!

  16. While sometimes pocket passers get better with age and experience, I can’t see Gabbert improving that much. Josh McCowan and the “Beard” both became better late in their careers but only so much . Gabbert may have beaten out Kap for the 49er job but that was because Kap was flat out atrocious not because he was any good. Gabbert would be a bridge QB if at all.

  17. Reading that gave me the best laugh I’ve had all day. I’m pretty sure even Licht himself doesn’t believe that.

  18. The offense didn’t seem to miss a beat when he played against the Lions and the Bucs will win or lose with their defense.

  19. @“patsfan”

    The offense didn’t miss a beat?

    You don’t score 30+ points per game with Blaine Gabbert, and in many of Tampa Bays games, they needed it.

    This wasn’t a defensive juggernaut when they were 7-5. That’s recent history bias and KC had key OL personnel out during the SB. The Bucs would have needed all 31 points they scored if Mahomes had time to throw or KC didn’t stubbornly abandon the run.

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