What Tom Brady wants, Tom Brady gets. After dealing with a depleted wide receiver room (sounds familiar), Brady apparently pushed the Bucs to bring in a veteran WR. NFL’s Mike Garofolo reported that the 45-year-old QB had his eyes on former Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley for quite some time, and Tampa Bay turned around and got it done.
The Bucs signed Beasley to the practice squad and are expected to elevate him to the active roster very soon.
Ironically, Beasley is a name many suggested for the Cowboys after James Washington went down with an ankle injury in training camp.
However, we all should have known better than to expect Jerry or Stephen Jones to make a wise and favorable external move. These two are the kings of “we like what we have” and “let’s keep a bunch of UDFAs and inexperienced guys around for a bargain.”
It’s not like the Cowboys don’t need wide receiver help. It’s arguably true that they did before Washington went down. That was during the preseason. Now, the season has begun and rookie third-round pick Jalen Tolbert hasn’t suited up for a single game and the team just cut WR Dennis Houston on Tuesday afternoon. Clearly what they have isn’t working all that well, and the plan should not be to rush Michael Gallup back and only hurt him further.
Former Cowboys WR Cole Beasley signs with the Bucs after Dallas declines to add him
Brady was wise to ask for help and the Bucs were also smart enough to act on a problem. Tampa Bay’s offense has only been able to score 39 points in two games, and the frustrating start (although they are 2-0) caused Brady to practically break a Microsoft Surface tablet on the sideline in New Orleans.
It wouldn’t have been ideal for the Bucs to rely on backups as they take on Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay in Week 3 — just like it wasn’t wise for the Cowboys to send UDFAs and unqualified players out against the Bucs and Bengals.
Instead of capitalizing on a former player who literally tweeted that he would love to play with Dak Prescott again, the Cowboys once again sat idly by. On the other hand, the second Brady wants something done, Jason Licht gets it done.
Tampa Bay will be without star WR Mike Evans (after he got suspended for a game for his participation in a brawl in Week 2) and is also dealing with injuries to Chris Godwin and Julio Jones. Beasley will likely take a slot role and can hopefully still be effective at 33 years old.
As Cowboys fans, it’s foreign to see a front office properly act on roster issues. Dallas certainly could’ve used Beasley, but now he will go try and elevate Brady and the Bucs.