Bucs GM: Blaine Gabbert Could Eventually Take Over For Tom Brady

At some point, Father Time will catch up with Tom Brady. Whenever that happens, the Buccaneers could turn to backup Blaine Gabbert as his heir, according to GM Jason Licht.

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First of all, I love his energy,” Licht told Pewter Report. “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.

Gabbert, 32 in October, came into the league as a first-round pick of the Jaguars in 2010. Since then, he’s compiled a career 13-35 record as a starter with the Jags, 49ers, Cardinals, and Titans. Needless to say, he hasn’t lived up to his draft status or built a resume to rival Brady’s. The Bucs aren’t about to anoint Gabbert as Brady’s heir, but Licht is “not going to rule anything out right now.”

Fortunately, the Bucs won’t have to consider such a scenario anytime soon. Brady is signed through the 2021 season and, as he’s said repeatedly, he plans to play for as long as possible. Right now, the Bucs will keep the focus on their pending free agents. Among their out-of-contract star contributors: Chris Godwin, Rob GronkowskiLavonte David, Ndamukong Suh, Antonio Brown, and Leonard Fournette.

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28 comments on “Bucs GM: Blaine Gabbert Could Eventually Take Over For Tom Brady

  1. johnnybadd2019

    That was nice of Licht to give Blaine the obligatory pat on the head. There’s no way he will take over for Brady when he leaves Tampa

  2. Againigan

    I feel like Brady’s eventual retirement will be forced due to injury. Can’t see him walking away on his own. Hopefully he makes it to 50.

    • bradthebluefish

      The noodle arm will one day come. Happened to Manning. Happened to Brees. Bound to happen to Brady some point. But when? Who knows.

      • It happened to Manning because of his serious neck injuries. Injuries probably played a part with Brees as well.

  3. afsooner02

    Like as in the next drunk guy to throw Gronk the Lombardi trophy from a boat?

    Certainly they don’t mean as starting QB…..unless Licht was drunk like the rest of the team recently. Then I can see this statement existing.

    • Steezy

      1) How long are people gonna keep beating this dead horse? 2) He’s not, he played drastically worse than Kaep on the same exact team lmao.

      • forwhomjoshbelltolled

        They haven’t gotten over Sherman’s March yet, so…probably not any time soon.

        • cka2nd

          Hurrah! Hurrah! we bring the jubilee!
          Hurrah! Hurrah! the flag that makes you free!
          So we sang the chorus from Atlanta to the sea
          While we were marching through Georgia.

        • cka2nd

          Yes, true.

          Kaepernick’s 2016 passer rating, 90.7. Gabbert’s passer rating, 68.4. Kaepernick’s TD’s and INT’s, 16 to 4. Gabbert’s TD’s and INT’s, 5 to 6. Kaepernick’s PFF grade, 57.8. Gabbert’s PFF grade, 46.2. ESPN’s Total QB Rating did rate Gabbert higher, I’ll give you that, 54.1 to 49.2.

  4. Simmons>Russ

    Bucs could spend a third round pick on someone in the draft or could even buy low on someone like Haskins, Darnold, Rosen or similar. There’s definitely lots of different options when it comes to young QBs replacing/backing up. I don’t think this 32 year old no body is the guy tho

  5. Considering that Gabbert could potentially retire before Brady (Brady wants to play at least two more years), I’m going to doubt this.

  6. ABStract

    So I guess anybody can replace Tom Brady now?
    Give me a call Bucs…I’ll take half of what Gabbert’s being paid and get you just as many wins

    • Bearded Texas Hulk

      @ABStract I beg to differ. I think you could win at least 1 more game than Gabbert. Heck so could my 11 year old daughter.

  7. forwhomjoshbelltolled

    Unless Gabbert starts eating “avecado ice cream” or Brady stops eating “avecado ice cream” then Gabbert will be retired before Brady anyway.

    Moot point.

  8. Aaron Johnson

    Why not just start him now? They could go with a 2 QB rotation. Hard to keep that kind of talent off the field.

    • mlbnyyfan

      Would of been nice to put Gabbert in the Super Bowl at the end so he can say he played in a Super Bowl. Why can’t especially in a blow out win pull the starters and allow every player play in a Super Bowl.

  9. DarkSide830

    move over Brady vs Brees! Gabbert vs Hill is the next great QB rivalry!

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