Tom Brady pitched himself to Bucs brass, Tampa Bay GM sayshttps://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/28970452/tom-brady-pitched-bucs-brass-tampa-gm-says
- It didn't take much of a sales pitch from general manager Jason Licht and coach Bruce Arians to bring Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In fact, it was Brady who did most of the talking.
Appearing on ESPN's Get Up on Monday, Licht told Mike Greenberg that in their first phone call with Brady on the first day of free agency -- March 18 -- Brady was actually the one selling them on why he should go to Tampa Bay. Prior to that time, during the legal tampering period, teams were only able to talk to player agents to get a feel for interest.
"We had a great conversation -- Bruce and I -- we talked to him for over an hour and a half. And he made it clear in the conversation that he was very, very interested," Licht said. "It was almost like a recruitment on his part, telling us why it would make sense for him to come to Tampa Bay. The next call we made, we signed him, but it was at that phone call that we realized, that we felt like we had him