Bruce Arians, in wake of Tom Brady retirement, throws major support behind Kyle Trask
While much of the recent attention at quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been on Tom Brady and his retirement, coach Bruce Arians is ready to move to the next chapter.
According to comments he made on Tuesday, Brady has slammed the door shut on a return, and Arians is moving on. Arians said he didn’t think there were many high-caliber veteran QBs available in trades this season and noted they drafted former Florida QB Kyle Trask in the second round in 2021.
“We addressed it last year,” Arians said, per NFL.com. “We drafted Kyle Trask No. 2 for a reason. He fits everything we want to do as a quarterback, and I really liked what I saw for a year. So I doubt draft day is an option. For all the other guys, it’s got to be a trade, and you don’t trade by yourself. You’ve got to have a partner, so that could be out of the question.”
Arians also said that Trask has a “great shot” at being the starting QB in 2022.
Trask, a Heisman Trophy finalist, completed 69 percent of his passes for 4,283 yards and 43 touchdowns in his final season with the Gators.
Outside of Trask, it appears Tampa Bay’s other main option is Blaine Gabbert, because the free-agent market is devoid of franchise difference-makers this offseason. Arians again talked up the veteran pending free agent, who the coach said has “all the answers to the test” after being in the offense for years.