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Bruce Arians

In the two days between when Tom Brady agreed to sign with the Buccaneers and when he officially signed his contract, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians began to worry that Brady was working on another deal without Tampa Bay’s knowledge.

Arians even reached out to FOX’s Jay Glazer to make sure Brady wasn’t thinking about backing out of his commitment to Tampa Bay.

“I was talking to him throughout the whole thing, and believe it not, while everybody thought it was a done deal, he didn’t because Tom hadn’t signed,” Glazer said on The Herd with Colin Cowherd. “It took him a couple days and he didn’t sign. At one point, Bruce actually hit me up and was like, ‘You think there’s a secret team here?’ Until somebody signs, he’s so paranoid because he’s been around football so long. And paranoia is part of your DNA if you’re a head coach. He’s like, ‘Is there another team?’ I told him, ‘You’re good, dude. I think you’re good.’ But he was almost like, this is too good to be true.”

Tom Brady

Brady and the Bucs finalized their two-year, $50 million contract on March 19, two days after the future Hall of Famer announced he was leaving New England after 20 years. The signing marked the end of an aggressive recruitment by Arians and Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht, with Brady choosing the Bucs over the Chargers and other teams.

Arians told Glazer that he started to believe the Bucs had a chance to land Brady within the first hour of the first phone call between the two sides.

“An hour in, I started hearing his voice change and getting excited about some of the stuff we were going to do with him,” Arians told Glazer.