Leonard Fournette sums up Tom Brady’s pull in Buccaneers organization

Leonard Fournette told a story that illustrated the power of Tom Brady.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette was prepared to leave the team in free agency — however, Tom Brady convinced him to stay.

Fournette was exploring other options, and he even had a meeting with the New England Patriots on March 21. However, Brady made sure that the running back would stay a part of the offensive arsenal.

He carried the ball 180 times for 812 yards and eight touchdowns in 2021. He also caught 69 passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns, showcasing his skills as a versatile running back.

In two seasons with the Buccaneers, he has carried the ball 666 times for 2,631 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Fournette told Rich Eisen on Thursday that a phone call with Brady was enough to change his mind, as transcribed by Adam London of NESN.com.

“At this time, I was a free agent, so I didn’t know if I was going to return to the Bucs or not — future was uncertain,” Fournette said on “The Rich Eisen Show.” “So, I just went around shopping, you know, see what teams had in store for me. When I went up to New England, he texted me. He was like, ‘Man, what’s your ass doing up there?’ I said, ‘Man, just shopping around, seeing what’s good for me, trying to see what’s available for myself to provide for my family.’ He was like, ‘Man, I’ll call you back. I’ll call you back.’ Next thing you know, Tampa calls me with an offer.”

Fournette’s return could be a welcome one for a Buccaneers organization that is going to miss a few key pieces heading into 2022. With Rob Gronkowski’s retirement on Tuesday, Tampa Bay is going to need as many offensive weapons as possible to remain one of the league’s hottest teams.

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Tom Brady had hilarious reaction to Patriots bringing back beloved throwback jerseys

Tom Brady isn’t usually going to comment on what’s happening with the Patriots.

Tom Brady has, for the most part, put his New England Patriots career in his rearview mirror. Even when he released his retirement statement — a decision that lasted just 41 days — he didn’t even mention the Patriots.

But New England did something on Wednesday to grab his attention. The Patriots brought back the beloved “Pat Patriot” throwback uniform.

On Twitter, Brady posted a GIF in response to the photos of New England’s throwback jersey for 2022. And of course, Mac Jones — not Brady — will be the starting quarterback who will get to don the electric red. That didn’t sit well with Brady, who had a hilarious response. He seemed upset — to say the least.

You’ve got to love it.

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Greg Olsen says FOX was ‘super upfront’ about Tom Brady news

Greg Olsen was slightly disappointed, but he wasn’t fully blindsided with Tom Brady’s mega deal as a broadcaster.

Greg Olsen was extremely close to landing the lead color analyst role at FOX Sports, alongside Kevin Burkhardt.

That dream was prolonged when the company announced that Tom Brady was going to a sign a massive 10-year deal worth $375 million to be the lead analyst after he retired. In the interim, Olsen still gets to build his resume and hold onto the lead role.

His initial reaction was pretty standard when it comes to losing to Brady.

“But when you lose out on Tom Brady, it’s like this sucks, at least he doesn’t take the job now, maybe I can have my time in the sun and keep his seat warm until he gets there,” Olsen said after the news broke. “But yeah, if you’re going to lose, at least lose to him. I can at least live with the only person in the world who beat me out was Tom Brady. I can live with that.”

Olsen recently joined the The Adam Schefter Podcast and said he was happy with how FOX handled the situation.

“It was just a long offseason of speculation and rumor and reports of who was going to get the job,” Olsen told Schefter, transcribed by WEEI. “We always knew we were in the mix. We [Olsen and Burkhardt] weren’t exactly sure who else was in the mix. We had some conversations over the winter.”

“When the Brady news broke, we weren’t exactly sure what that meant. We weren’t exactly sure where we fit into that picture. To FOX’s credit, they were super upfront and they called us and they said this was too good of an opportunity to pass up, but we would love you and Kevin to be back together again and call this year as the A crew and call the best game that we have.”

As aforementioned, Olsen still has the opportunity for the near future and he’s going to take full advantage of it.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to do it. I don’t know if it’s going to be one year or two years. For the time being, I’m going to go out there and try to have a great year and give people a fun broadcast.”

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Tom Brady has an absolutely ruthless method for hazing rookies

Tom Brady showed up to the rookie dinner with literally one purpose: running up the bill. 

Tom Brady is not kind to rookies. The former New England Patriots quarterback pulled a particularly brutal move on the incoming draft prospects — at least in 2009 and 2019 when running back Fred Taylor played for the team.

Taylor, Ryan Clark and Channing Crowder were hosting their podcast The Pivot with New York Jets rookie receiver Garrett Wilson as a guest. With Wilson preparing for the rigors of the NFL, the retired veterans were swapping stories about what they’d seen veterans do to haze first-year players. It sounds like Brady was ruthless.

“When I was in New England, the entire team went out on the rookies, Taylor said, as transcribed by Essentially Sports. “All I know is that bill comes back like 50, 60 thousand because Tom would come in there and buy a three, four, five thousand dollar bottle of wine, take one sip, quit it, and say goodnight.”

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Brady showed up with literally one purpose: running up the bill.

Ouch.

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Report: Sean Payton was offered $100 million by Dolphins to join Tom Brady

The Dolphins wanted Sean Payton to coach Tom Brady, and they would give him the second-highest salary – behind Bill Belichick.

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The AFC East could’ve looked a lot different this season if certain pieces fell into place for the Miami Dolphins.

Following Tom Brady’s retirement, there were reports saying the Dolphins were looking to bring him in as a minority owner and the quarterback. The reports also indicated that Miami wanted to bring former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton in to coach Brady.

Brian Flores, who was fired as the Dolphins’ coach, filed a lawsuit against the team on the same day of Brady’s retirement. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio added some context by saying that Miami had a package together for Brady and Payton — but, pulled the plug after the lawsuit was filed.

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Dave Hyde, the Dolphins were prepared to give Payton $100 million over the course of five years. The deal would’ve made him the second-highest paid coach in the NFL, behind only Bill Belichick.

The deals never came to fruition and Brady eventually announced his return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a 40-day retirement. The Dolphins wanted Brady “badly,” according to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe.

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“Ross badly wanted Brady — in part to bring sizzle to the Dolphins, in part to stick it to the Patriots,” Volin wrote in column. “For Brady, it was an opportunity to get into the business side of the NFL, with the goal of one day fronting his own ownership group.”

The Dolphins now have Mike McDaniel at head coach and Tua Tagovailoa, with star receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle leading the offense.

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Tom Brady trolls Peyton Manning on Twitter with an unflattering video

Peyton Manning is going to have to get on social media to clap back.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady took a pretty dang funny shot at Peyton Manning with a — frankly — completely random video on Twitter on Monday. Brady posted a bizarre workout video where the camera is perched atop the quarterback’s head. It made for an unflattering and unsettling video down Brady’s forehead and nose.

What does this have to do with Manning? Welp, the retired Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback was notorious for his large forehead. And so this video of Brady’s forehead apparently got people talking on social media.

“The kids over on tiktok are calling this the Peyton angle. Rude!” Brady wrote on Twitter.

Manning is going to have to get on social media to clap back.

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Tom Brady is the NFL’s best QB against this particular coverage

When facing this particular coverage from opposing defenses, Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the NFL

We all know Tom Brady is the GOAT, but even at 44 years old, he’s still proving himself to be one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks when it comes to picking apart defenses.

In fact, when facing Cover 6 looks from opposing defenses, Brady was the best passer in the league, as Touchdown Wire’s Doug Farrar points out here:

Cover-6 (also known as “Quarter-quarter-half”) is an example of simple math — it’s Cover-2 to one side, and Cover-4 to the other. Ergo, 6. And against these iterations of coverage, Tom Brady was the black belt in 2021. He completed 16 of 23 passes for 261 yards, 182 air yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, a passer rating of 136.3, and an ANY/A of 11.3.

Brady isn’t just riding through the final chapters of a legendary career, but rather still dominating his peers with elite play.

Now heading into his 23rd NFL season, there’s no reason to believe Brady won’t keep seeing the same kind of success right up until the moment he finally hangs up his cleats.

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Joe Theismann offers sound advice to Tom Brady for broadcasting career

Tom Brady’s transition to the lead analyst for FOX Sports may be a little more difficult than he anticipates.

Tom Brady is really good at what he does.

The 44-year-old is the best quarterback in NFL history and he’s the most accomplished player of all time. Brady’s been to 10 Super Bowls and he currently has seven rings, while striving to collect more. There isn’t anything he can’t do on a football field and that’s likely the reason for him to come out of a 40-day retirement.

One thing that Brady hasn’t done in his career — spend time in the booth calling NFL games. Regardless, he will be the lead FOX Sports analyst following his retirement and it will be a huge transition for many reasons.

Joe Theismann played quarterback in the NFL, won a Super Bowl and later transitioned to a broadcasting career. While joining The DA Show on Friday, he offered some advice while discussing Brady’s next move.

“First of all, I’d say keep playing, Tom. Just keep playing. Because, whatever you faced on the field, it’ll be different once you go in the booth,” Theismann said. “You have three hours, roughly, to communicate the game to people. I don’t think he’s ever really worked in that environment. Like everything else, there’s a transition period. Let’s say he leaves the game at 45. Do we expect Tom at 55, or 50, to still be in the booth? I don’t know.

“I wish him a lot of luck. He’s extremely intelligent about the game, and has terrific communication skills. And now, you walk into the booth and it’s a bit different. Things are done there in soundbites because you have to give the play-by-play guys a chance to their job. So, there’s a bit of a routine that has to be developed, a chemistry that needs to be developed… And I want it to be a good listen… I’m as interested as anybody.”

Brady’s a student of the game and his preparation has always been incredible — so, it is possible he can find his groove with enough time and intentionality.

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Leonard Fournette revealed Tom Brady was peeved the RB met with Patriots

“What’s your [expletive] doing up there?”

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Tom Brady did not like what he was seeing in the news on March 21.

On that day, former free-agent running back Leonard Fournette was visiting with the New England Patriots, Brady’s former team. Not only would Fournette be burning Brady by leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the running back would also be joining Brady’s ex: Bill Belichick.

Not cool dude! At least, that’s roughly what Brady texted Fournette following his free-agent visit with Belichick and the Patriots.

“What’s your [expletive] doing up there?” Brady asked Fournette via text, the running back revealed during a meeting with the media in Tampa at Buccaneers minicamp on Tuesday.

And it didn’t work out in New England — perhaps because Brady stepped in.

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Five fantastic Father’s Day gifts for the Patriots fan in your life

Find Dad the perfect Patriots gift for Father’s Day.

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19 and we’ve come up with a list of gift ideas guaranteed to make dad happy this year.

Whether he’s a believer in the TB12 method or more of a Mac Jones fan, the only thing he really cares about is supporting his New England Patriots.

Give Dad more than a tie this year, give him something that he will actually enjoy. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear him say those two magic words…Go Pats!

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