Bucs ‘Leaving Door Open’ For Tom Brady Return, Also Exploring Russell Wilson & Deshaun Watson Trades

As most would have presumed, 69-year-old Bruce Arians is in no mood to rebuild following the exit of Tom Brady.

With a Super Bowl-caliber roster already in his back pocket, the Buccaneers are in the market for a QB, and per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport, there are three primary situations Tampa Bay is considering moving forward.

The first includes leaving the door option for Brady barring he changes his mind about retirement and makes a return.

As far fetched as that seems, Brady himself has already said “never say never” and Rob Gronkowksi believes we haven’t seem the last of Tom. The Bucs “would do whatever is necessary for him to return,” per Bleacher Report.


Pelissero and Rapoport also reported that if Brady does not return, the Bucs are prepared to turn to trading for veteran quarterback, two of which include Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson.

Trade rumors have hovered over Wilson in recent years in Seattle and Deshaun Watson of course has been sidelined due to his legal battle fighting 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault and misconduct.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported in January 2021 that Watson requested a trade from the Houston Texans. Houston has made it clear they intend to trade Watson before the deadline in a month.

Kyle Trask is the only quarterback under contract to the Bucs in 2022.