Stephen A. Smith speaks out on Tom Brady leaving the Patriots for Buccaneers
In a move surprising to many, future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots. While the sports world is still reeling from Brady’s monumental decision, sports personality Stephen A. Smith offered his perspective on the move.
“I’ve got no problems with it whatsoever. You know, you’ve got (Mike) Evans there, you’ve gotten rid of your defensive player of the year in the process because we all know that’s what Jameis Winston was,” Smith said on Sportscenter on Tuesday.
Smith’s jab at Winston being the “Defensive Player of the Year” comes from Winston throwing a league-high 30 interceptions last season and six pick-sixes. On the other hand, the former No. 1 overall pick led the league with 5,109 yards while also tossing 33 scores.
Other than Smith’s jabs at Winston, the famous sports personality is confident in Tampa Bay’s move to sign the 42-year-old quarterback.
“In the end, when you look at their stud receivers, you look at the brilliant offense mind of Bruce Arians and you look at the fact that they were starving for some level of productivity from the quarterback position.”
Last season, Winston and Arians led the Buccaneers to a 7-9 record, forcing them to miss the postseason for the 12th-straight season. Although Winston is still currently a Buccaneer, the addition of Brady will likely push the former Heisman winner out of Tampa Bay.
Next season will be the first in Brady’s storied career, not in a Patriots uniform, and only time will tell if the new signing works out.