Finding a reliable third wide receiver remains a big demand for Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Widespread star recipient Chris Godwin will not be available at the start of the season due to an ACL tear, and free agent buyer Russell Gage is yet to train due to an undisclosed injury. The Bucs had no consistent receiver after Mike Evans with Godwin and Gage went out. No other Bucs receiver has more than 36 catches, 360 yards or two touchdowns in 2021.
Tampa Bay could turn to defender Tom Brady’s former target in the opening of free agent Mohamed Sanu. They played together in New England during the 2019 season before Brady joined the Bucs and Sanu to San Francisco.
Brady previously played a role in the Patriots obtaining Sanu through a trade with the Atlanta Falcons that year, by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. The analyst described Sanu as “a guy Brady would love to have inside that building” in New England.
Sanu, 32, can help Brady and the Bucs push through a game that is now passing by, which will begin in the 2022 season. The former Rutgers star has a career average of 11.2 yards each. reception, and he had 435 touchdowns for 4,871 yards and 27 touchdowns in 136 games. He also helped the Falcons reach Super Bowl 51 during the 2016 season before losing 34-28 in the Brady and Patriots’ epic comeback.
“I would say it is [Brady’s career] Probably the best career in the NFL if it weren’t for sports history,” Sanu said of Brady in an interview with Sportscasting. “… I know what it feels like to be defeated by Tom Brady. Playing with him, I know how it feels to play with him. And you can see why he is. He works extremely hard, he is very detailed in his work, and that is why he is as successful as he can be. “
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Sanu used to torment the Bucs
Tampa Bay has dealt with Sanu several times during his time with the Falcons from 2016 to 2019. That includes Sanu’s Highlight-reel touchdown pass for Julio Jones in 2017.
Arguably his best season came in 2018 when he caught 66 838-yard passes and 4 touchdowns. His production hasn’t reached that level since, but he’s averaged 11 yards or higher per reception over the past two seasons. Injuries limited his game time during games with the 49ers and Detroit Lions.
Sanu still has something
In 2021, Sanu has shown that he can still make big plays. He quickly connected with 49ers rookie quarterback Trey Lance, including finishing fourth in the regular season and one touchdown in pre-season. Lance played as a backup midfielder last season, and Sanu appeared in just eight games.
Brady and Sanu had some chemistry from playing together in 2019. Plus, the Bucs were able to get him at minimal cost. He made $1.14 million last season in San Francisco per Spotrac. Sanu told Sportscasting he doesn’t know where his career will take him.
“Just relax, look back, see what was the best option, what worked for me, what worked for my family, and go from there. I never shut anything down,” Sanu said on Sportscasting. “I never said, ‘that’s the end of it.’ Maybe, I’ll go back to San Fran, maybe not. Maybe, I’ll go somewhere else. I still can, I know I can. I have the ability.”
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