With six Super Bowl wins and a record four Super Bowl MVP awards, one could imagine that Tom Brady had a lot of bargaining power as a free agent, meaning he could make multiple requests before signing with a new team.
But according to an article by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Brady only had one request for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after he signed with the team: the phone numbers of his new teammates.
Since Brady announced Friday that he would be joining Tampa Bay on Instagram, several free agents have expressed interest in joining the star quarterback on his new team. However, as Stroud reports, Brady did not ask for any specific players to join him during his negotiations with the Bucs.
He also reportedly has not asked to wear No. 12, which currently belongs to Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin.
Godwin recently spoke with team reporter Casey Phillips about the number situation, also saying it hasn’t come up yet.
“We haven’t talked about it. We talked briefly, but hadn’t mentioned that at all,” he told Phillips. “Obviously, if he doesn’t want it or isn’t making a big deal about it, I’m definitely going to keep it. But we’ll see how that goes.
“I think just out of respect for what he’s done, what he’s accomplished, just kind of the career he’s built for himself. You’ve got to kind of lean into that respect, you know? We’ll see. We’ll see how it goes.”
As reported by Stroud, the initial phone conversation between the team and Brady lasted 90 minutes, during which the veteran quarterback showed a detailed knowledge of the team’s personnel and playing style.
“Brady interviewed (general manager Jason) Licht and (coach Bruce) Arians as much as they asked questions of him,” Stroud wrote. “…It felt like Brady was recruiting the Bucs, and the 42-year-old spoke with a teenager’s enthusiasm.”
Brady reportedly could name each of the team’s offensive weapons, by position, and was “intrigued” by the prospect of playing with the clubs’ two Pro Bowl receivers, Godwin and Mike Evans.
Earlier on Sunday, the New England Patriots took out a full-page advertisement in the Tampa Bay Times to thank Brady for his two decades of service and success with the team.
Brady’s contract with the Buccaneers is a two-year, $50-million deal, plus $9 million in performance incentives.
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The NBA and ESPN’s plan to televise a HORSE competition is nearing completion according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Sources: The NBA and ESPN plan to televise a HORSE competition is nearing completion and among those expected to participate include Chris Paul, Trae Young and Zach LaVine. Competition will also include a couple of WNBA players and recent NBA alumni.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 8, 2020
Among those expected to participate are Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul, Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young and Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine. Wojnarowski adds the competition will include a couple of WNBA players and recent NBA alumni.
More to come.
Tom Brady opens up about marital problems with Gisele Bundchen – Canoe
American football superstar Tom Brady was forced to reevaluate his career priorities after his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen made it clear she was no longer “satisfied” with their marriage.
The couple, which shares two children, celebrated its 10th wedding anniversary in 2019, but the former New England Patriots quarterback reveals the two hit a rocky patch in the lead up to the relationship milestone, as the Brazilian beauty became frustrated with Brady’s intense focus on football and his other non-sporting endeavours.
During a candid chat with U.S. shockjock Howard Stern on Wednesday, Brady explained, “There was a couple years ago, she didn’t feel I was doing my part for the family (sic).
“She felt like I would play football all season and she would take care of the house, and then all the sudden when the season would end, that I’d be like, ‘Great, let me get into all my other business activities. Let me get into my football training.’ And she’s sitting there going, ‘Well, when are you going to do things for the house? When are you going to take the kids to school and do that?’ And that was a big part of our marriage. I had to, like, check myself. Because she’s like, ‘I have goals and dreams too.’”
Bundchen, who retired from the fashion runway in 2015, even detailed her unhappiness in a “heartfelt” letter to her husband, which made Brady realize he needed to make a “big transition” to get their marriage back on track, which included attending therapy sessions and skipping off-season organised team activities with the Patriots.
“She wasn’t satisfied with our marriage,” Brady confessed. “So I needed to make a change in that.”
“What worked for us 10 years ago won’t work for us forever,” he added. “We’re growing in different ways.”
The new Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback also opened up about how his life plan to settle down and start a family after his football retirement was turned upside down in 2007, when his ex-girlfriend, actress Bridget Moynahan, learned she was pregnant shortly after they split.
“I didn’t want to have kids or get married until my late 30s, that was the plan,” the athlete, now 42, recalled. “I remember thinking, ‘I don’t want anything to get in the way,’ once my football career kind of got rolling.”
Moynahan gave birth to their son Jack later that year – while Brady was dating his now-wife Bundchen, and the sportsman admits the tricky situation was tough to navigate for all involved.
“That challenged me in a lot of ways,” he said. “It was hard for my wife and for my son’s mum because she didn’t envision that either.”
The trio eventually found a way to co-parent together, and Brady is proud of the person his eldest son is becoming, describing Jack as “the greatest 12 year old you could envision”.
He is also dad to 10-year-old Benjamin and seven-year-old daughter Vivian with Bundchen.
Fan sues Tiger Woods and caddie, claiming push from 2018 Valspar – Golf Channel
A Florida man has filed a lawsuit against Tiger Woods and his caddie, claiming he suffered injuries from the caddie pushing him out of the way during the Valspar Championship that Woods played two years ago.
The civil complaint, filed Tuesday in Pinellas County, alleges Brian Borruso tried to take a selfie as Woods approached his tee shot left of the 13th green in the third round at Innisbrook, and that Joe LaCava ”intentionally shoved” Borruso and caused him to stumble and fall into the crowd.
Josh Drechsel, the lawyer representing Borruso, said the lawsuit was filed two years after the tournament to get a better understanding of the injuries, which were described in the suit as ”either permanent or continuing.”
Mark Steinberg, the agent for Woods at Excel Sports Management, did not immediately reply to a text seeking comment. LaCava said he had no comment.
Drechsel, meanwhile, issued a public plea for evidence from fans who might have been at the 13th green that day and witnessed the incident.
One video Dreshsel has shows LaCava approaching the fans with his left arm extended saying, ”You’ve got to back it up.”
Drechsel says he wants to find the fans who could be heard on another video. One says, ”I love Tiger, but I don’t like him,” and another voice is heard saying, ”He just pushed him. He just shoved him right out of there.”
The lawsuit says Borruso went to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Woods played the Valspar Championship for the first time in 2018, a key event in his return from back surgeries. Before record crowds, at times standing a dozen rows deep around tee boxes, he came within one putt on the 18th hole of forcing a playoff and finished one shot behind Paul Casey.
Woods was named as a defendant because he employs LaCava, who previously was the longtime caddie for Fred Couples and began working for Woods in the fall of 2011.
Drechsel said he asked the PGA Tour for video from the tournament and said the tour told him it was unable to provide any without a court order.
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