New England Patriots

TAMPA, FL – OCTOBER 5: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots makes his way off the field following the Patriots’ 19-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at an NFL football game on October 5, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

According to Colin Cowherd, Tom Brady, who informed the Patriots of his decision to move on after 20 years with the franchise on Tuesday, will be taking his talents to Tampa Bay.

Cowherd’s scoop is not earth-shattering, as the Bucs have been repeatedly mentioned as potential suitors for the 42-year-old quarterback (the Bucs have also been completely upfront about their interest in Brady), and were mentioned once again on Monday upon the start of the league’s legal tampering process.

But it does come with an interesting twists of sorts, as Cowherd claims that his source on “Brady Watch” is not from within the football world.

“I am told Tampa is the choice and he will sign tomorrow,” Cowherd said on his radio show. “This is not a ‘football source’, it is a ‘Icon source’, and somebody in Tom’s stratosphere that knows Tom, and who is a famous person. He says Tampa.”

According to Cowherd, Brady’s decision to leave the Patriots came after seeing players such as DeAndre Hopkins and Stefon Diggs traded out of their respective locations (and not to Foxborough in either case), and there’s no doubt that a signing with the Bucs would give Brady the coveted “weapons” he’d seek in pursuit of a seventh Super Bowl ring.

At wideout, Tampa Bay boasts a formidable one0two of Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. That duo combined for 2,490 yards and 17 touchdowns with Jameis Winston throwing them the ball. The Bucs also have a strong tight end combination of O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, and PFF ranked Tampa Bay’s offensive line ranked seventh last season.

Bucs coach Bruce Arians, meanwhile, seems more than willing to give Brady full control of his offense. At least if we’re to read into how he’s straight-up drooled over the thought of potentially adding Brady to the mix.

The obviously-flawed Winston, by the way, finished the 2019 year with over 5,100 yards and 33 touchdowns (along with 30 interceptions). Brady, mind you, finished last season with 4,057 yards and 24 touchdowns. Imagining Brady replicating (or besting) those Winston numbers, even with the age gap and obvious difference in styles, isn’t all that hard assuming the Bucs remain healthy.

The Buccaneers are coming off a 7-9 season, have just one winning season in their last nine seasons, and have not qualified for the postseason since 2007.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.