Cassel, 39, who replaced the injured Brady in 2008 with the New England Patriots, humorously tweeted an offer to the Bucs about joining Brady again. Cassel, a former bowler, enjoyed a 13-year NFL career, where he got his start in New England, Kansas City and Minnesota.
“Just to put this out there Buccaneers, I never officially retired and did a great job the last time I spoke on behalf of Tom Brady,” Cassel wrote.
Cassel took the helm of the full Patriots roster and led the team to a 11-5 record in 2008. It got him a starting spot with the Kansas City Chiefs the following season and he appeared in the Pro. Bowl for the 2010 season. He last played in 2018 with the Detroit Lions, including two appearances.
Obviously Cassel is joking, but the Bucs could explore the possibility of bringing in a midfielder playing behind Brady. Former Patriots reserve and current San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, 30, has a source of commercial speculation for the whole season. Bucs been a favorite target to land Garoppolo since Brady retired.
Similar to Cassel, Garoppolo supported Brady for four seasons in New England.
Cassel, Garoppolo learn from Brady and succeed
Both Cassel and Garoppolo began their careers in New England after Brady, leading to success elsewhere as Brady held the starter job for two decades.
“As soon as we walk into the training ground, that’s when you see the light switch come on,” Cassel told host Colin Cowherd on “The Herd” on Thursday, Feb. 3. “He was so cool. attention to every detail. He’s meticulous to detail, and he holds everyone accountable and really elevates the game for everyone around him.”
Garoppolo also witnessed and learned from Brady’s work ethic.
“[Brady] helped me with everything off the pitch and on the field,” said Garoppolo ESPN’s “Sports Center” 2018. “Whatever I was wondering, in the two years there, it was just him and I in the meeting room together. How to conduct your business, how to become a professional quarterback. And there are little things that people don’t even realize, it’s just the way you carry yourself and he does it better than anyone.”
Garoppolo, like Cassel, did well as a backup in New England when called up. Garoppolo led the team 2-0 with four touchdowns for the Patriots in 2016. It led to being handed the 49ers in 2017, where he led the team to a Super Bowl and two appearances in the NFC Game of Champions.
The Brady lineage continues?
Garoppolo and Cassel would never be mistaken for Brady, but both of the Patriots’ reserves won the first half after their time in New England.
Bucs can support the culture established by Brady by trading for Garoppolo. With the 49ers, Garoppolo has a 31-14 record in five seasons. He credits Brady for his success.
“It brought me to where I am today,” Garoppolo told 49ers Talk in 2020 via NBC Sports Bay Area.
If the Bucs don’t pick Garoppolo, finding another midfielder through trade or free agency is likely. The Bucs have rookie Kyle Trask and veteran Blaine Gabbert on the roster plus Ryan Griffin on the training team.
“We will explore all avenues to try to make the best decisions possible for the organization,” said Bucs General Manager Jason Licht told the media on Tuesday following Brady’s retirement announcement.
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