Bucs GM On Brady, Gronk, Jones

Buccaneers GM Jason Licht has been heavily criticized over the years, but he managed to come away with the league’s biggest prize this offseason. So, how does it feel to land Tom Brady?

It feels damn good,” Licht said on Thursday (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Jenna Laine).

The GM also recognizes his shortcomings, saying “a lot of [the criticism] was deserved.” The Bucs have gone 34-62 in Licht’s six years at the helm, but that could all be quickly forgotten if Brady is able to lead them to a Super Bowl championship.

Here are some of the highlights from Licht’s virtual chat:

  • Licht expressed confidence in Ronald Jones, signaling that the running back position might not be high on their to-do list. “We do think Ronald hasn’t even scratched the surface of what he can be,” Licht said (via the team website). “He made a huge jump from year one to year two. He didn’t have to do much to do that because year two wasn’t very good for him. But year two, we felt very good about where he came, and we think he still has a tremendous amount of upside.” Jones, a former second-round pick, had a strong start to the 2019 season as a backup to Peyton Barber. Later, he was bumped up to the starting lineup, but his production took a nosedive. He also missed some key blocks on blitzes, an issue that he’ll have to correct if he wants to be a regular this year.
  • No matter what’s going on in the news cycle, tight end Rob Gronkowski seems to remain front and center. Brady’s arrival in Tampa has fueled speculation that Gronk could attempt a reunion with his longtime pal, but Licht didn’t take the bait. “Well he’s doing a pretty good job in Wrestlemania right now,” Licht said (Twitter link via Laine), referring to Gronk’s recent WWE appearance. “I have no idea if he’d want to play.” It’s worth noting that the Patriots still hold his rights, so a return with the Bucs or any other club would require cooperation from Bill Belichick & Co.
  • Earlier this week, Tom Brady sat down with Howard Stern to discuss his move to Tampa and what led him to leave the Patriots.
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  1. jaysrule1399

    Brink signed a contract with WWE. Highly unlikely he reappears in the NFL any time soon.

  2. Simmons>Russ

    Can’t see Bill letting Gronk return to the NFL and not join his team with the big while he already has at TE.
    And imagine Gronk with Evans and Godwin and Brady getting a SB how bad BB would look.

  3. king beas

    I hope the bucs get Tom a real rb. Get a tackle round 1 add to the defense round 2 then snag a rb round 3

      • jkoms57

        He meant good , not real.

        Think they’ll take Swift as their AAB. RJ3 still has some potential as a short down option. Barber the scat back.

  4. annysway

    Don’t even talk about Gronk. His heavily injured body has never felt better having left football. He’s done. And Tom is at the brink of the end, if this season is done so is he.

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