Following months of speculation, star quarterback Tom Brady made the decision to leave the New England Patriots after spending two decades with the franchise. It didn’t take long for Brady to chose his next landing spot with what’s expected to be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday. That hasn’t stopped the rumor mill as the Buccaneers may not be done making moves as it has created chatter around the availability over Los Angeles Rams star running back Todd Gurley.
Tom Brady decides to join the Buccaneers
Throughout the entire process, there hadn’t been much public traction toward Brady holding any significant interest in signing with the Buccaneers.
However, things changed this week with Brady honing in on Tampa Bay as he factored in his family situation as a significant factor over the roster and scheme of any potential team. The Buccaneers best fit that list for the 42-year-old, which has landed them a potentially franchise-changing player to help guide them forward back into the playoffs for the first time in well over a decade.
The Los Angeles Chargers were also in the picture, but despite a strong push, the family factor didn’t work in their favor in Brady’s eyes. The Buccaneer’s all-out effort to secure the six-time Super Bowl champion wound up being the difference for them in the situation.
The addition of Brady allows the franchise to focus on other areas of their roster to take steps further in the right direction. That may very well include them pursuing additional offensive talent to piece around their new star quarterback that could see them go after a former Offensive Player of the Year award winner.
Todd Gurley an option for the Buccaneers?
The Buccaneers have taken a significant step forward with acquiring Brady to head their charge offensively, but the team may not be done there.
Tampa Bay has a slew of offensive weapons already on the roster with the likes of Pro Bowl wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin along with tight ends Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard. However, Cecil Lammey of 104.3 The Fan is reporting that the Buccaneers could make a strong push for Gurley.
That comes shortly after reports that the Rams were interested in moving off their star running back this offseason for the right price. Gurley’s production significantly dropped as he had a more restrictive workload due to precautions regarding persistent knee issues.
The Georgia product is heading into the first year of his four-year, $57.4 million deal that will have him under contract through the 2023 season. He could be cut without much financial commitment after the 2021 campaign as it would be a $4.2 million dead cap and no salary cap hit for the final year.
Although Los Angeles has had a great deal of success due to Gurley’s production over the last few years, their tenure together could be coming to a close soon, and the Buccaneers may be the beneficiary.
Should the Buccaneers go after Todd Gurley?
There is no question that Gurley is an extremely talented running back, but it comes with injury risks.
The Pro Bowler was a notable different player in 2019 that saw him fail to crack 900 rushing yards or post a single 100-yard rushing game. However, a change of scenery in a new system could be what he needs to get his career back on track.
Tampa Bay has struggled to put together a sustainable running game over the last several years. Ronald Jones put together a solid campaign, which he posted a career-best 724 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. Jones could excel in an increased role, but Gurley is a proven commodity that could be the feature back that the Buccaneers need behind Brady.
The Rams look to be open to moving the 25-year-old this offseason; it may just come down to whether Tampa Bay is willing to meet the asking price.