Tom Brady’s replacement ‘was identified’ by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ‘when they named Kyle Trask as their Week 1 starter’ and heir apparent to the iconic, recently-retired quarterback
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers would have selected third-year quarterback Kyle Trask as their Week 1 starter and heir apparent, according to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.
“From my conversations with the organization, they feel that Kyle Trask is probably the guy at the center,” Darlington said during an interview. ‘NFL Live’ segment. “I feel pretty confident they’re going in that direction.”
Placing Trask in the Week 1 starter would make him Tom Brady’s heir apparent, following Brady’s recent retirement.
The Buccaneers drafted Trask in the second round in 2021 and he has attempted just nine passes and had ten career snaps since then while backing up Brady.
Kyle Trask is reportedly Tom Brady’s heir apparent in Tampa, according to Jeff Darlington
Brady announced his retirement shortly after the team was eliminated from the playoffs.
During his time at the University of Florida, he threw for 7,386 yards and 69 touchdowns over three years.
Darlington also noted that he thinks Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht believes the former Florida Gator is currently the best quarterback in the NFC South.
“I think (Licht) also believes that Kyle Trask has what it takes to be a winner in this league,” Darlington said.
Brady announced his retirement in early February, saying in a video on social media: ‘Good morning everyone. I’ll get straight to the point. I’m retiring, forever.
‘I know the process was a big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning I thought I’d record it and let you guys know first.’
‘It won’t be wordy. You only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine last year so… seriously thank you all so much for supporting me.
‘My family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors. I could go on forever, there are so many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. Love you all.’
Brady’s final season ended when he and the Buccaneers were defeated by the Dallas Cowboys 31-14 in the NFL’s Wild Card round of the playoffs.
After the game, many felt that his body language and choice of words during a press conference were signs of an unofficial goodbye to Tampa. But it was less clear whether it was a farewell to the game itself.
Trask starred at the University of Florida before being drafted by the Buccaneers in 2021