A former Buccaneers quarterback doesn’t mince words in his assessment of Tom Brady.
Shaun King, who played under center for Tampa Bay from 1999-2003, takes nothing away from what Brady has accomplished. He simply believes that at 45 years old, one of the greatest of all time has nothing left to give.
“Let’s be honest, man,” King told Compare.bet. “Why does everyone revolve around it? Tom Brady is the most accomplished pro level quarterback we’ve ever seen, and no one in modern football gets to 10 Super Bowls, and they certainly don’t win seven. Nevertheless, you still have to be honest about how he is now. He is a shell of himself. Especially when he’s under pressure.”
Brady, now an unrestricted free agent, is coming off the first losing season of his career, though 8-9 was good enough for the Buccaneers to win the AFC South. Tampa Bay was bounced out of the playoffs by the Cowboys in the wild card round.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion continued to post solid numbers in 2022, completing 66.8 percent of a league-leading 733 passes for 4,694 yards, 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions with a QB rating of 90.7.
This still failed to impress King, as he feels that Brady no longer generally passes the eye test.
“Yes, in spurts he can still make some throws, and yes, every second or third game he can have a fourth quarter that reminds you how great he was,” said King. “But from start to finish he’s not the same player. Age is undefeated. When you see Tom Brady play, when he’s under pressure and coercion, he’s completely upset. That’s just the reality.”
Brady, who also went through a very public divorce from Giselle Bundchen this year, is now free to sign with any team he wants if he chooses to keep playing. The feeling among his friends, Bucs teammates and pundits is that he is done with Tampa Bay, especially after the firing of offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. Numerous teams are expected to be keenly interested in Brady, including the Raiders, Dolphins and a possible Patriots reunion, as New England hired Bill O’Brien as their new offensive coordinator on Tuesday.
King just wants teams to be clear about what they would sign up for with Brady.
“It happens, dude. You’re getting old,” he said. “You step off the sidewalk and you feel like you jumped off a 10-story building. It happens to everyone. It’s just part of getting old.”
Brady, who could also choose to cash in on his 10-year, $375 million contract to join the UKTN Sports broadcast booth, didn’t sound like he was close to deciding on his next move.
If I knew what I was going to do, I would have already done it,” Brady said on his Sirius XM. “Let’s Go!” podcast on Monday. “I’m taking it day by day.”