Jason Licht: We’ll leave the light on for Tom Brady

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Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said he would be shocked if quarterback Tom Brady decided to play during the 2022 season, but General Manager Jason Licht sounded more measured about the prospect of Brady’s return on Tuesday.

During an appearance on NFL Network from the Scouting Combine, Licht said that the team is “trying to make our plans to move forward” before adding “if that’s the case that we need to move forward.” That suggested there’s some thought that Brady will reverse course on retirement and Licht closed out his interview by saying that the team isn’t going to slam the door on that prospect.

“We’ll see what the future holds,” Licht said. “We’ll leave the light on. You always leave the light on for a guy like Tom Brady.”

Brady’s done his part to create uncertainty about his future plans, including whether he’d be more inclined to keep playing if he were going to be on a different team for the 2022 season. For now, though, Brady is retired and the Bucs have to make other arrangements to make sure they have the quarterback position squared away for the fall.

19 responses to “Jason Licht: We’ll leave the light on for Tom Brady

  1. If Tom really wanted to play another season in Tampa, he never would have “retired” in the first place.

  2. This is pathetic. Move on. This is kind of like a break-up and the dude hopes she will come back.. bro, she’s gone.. time to find some strange.

  3. Leaving the team in the hands of BA is the bigger problem. Dude has ridden the coat tails of Hall of Fame QBs for the last 25 years.

  4. Assuming Brady doesn’t return to Tampa, I think the Buccaneers should take a long look at free agent Jameis Winston. Sounds odd, but both Winston and Bruce Arians have grown over the past two years, Winston under the tutelage of Sean Payton and Arians learning what works from the greatest of all time. Should they re-unite, the “risk it, biscuit” approach to the offense likely will not re-surface. With a mature Winston and a much more cautious Arians, Tampa Bay will be formidable, a virtual lock to win the NFC South.

  5. Well, Brady has to stay on the roster until the beginning of June anyhow, for cap reasons.

  6. Brady wasn’t kidding. It’s the 49ers or stay home with the super model. Those are the choices.

  7. Bucs will win double digit games next year easy. They’ll find a legit good QB. It’s been a while since they had one of those.

  8. Tampa Bay was just a means to an end for Brady, now the mission is accomplished and we’re back to neither he nor anyone else in the world outside of Tampa caring anything about the Bucs at all.

    This is the legacy of these buy-a-ring teams. Does anyone think the Brady Bucs or Stafford Rams are going to be fondly remembered by anyone in the future? They’re forgettable, nothing teams that won’t produce dynasties or any lasting identities. They’re just short-term investments that no one really cares about.

  9. Bring back Jameis, he has learned a lot from Payton and Brees and is a different QB.

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