Tom Brady did not reunite with a former Patriots teammate for a second consecutive offseason but he might have come pretty close.
“James White had interest in joining Tom Brady and the #Bucs as their third-down back before re-signing with the #Patriots,” Rapoport tweeted Monday. “Instead, it?s the newly available Gio Bernard. He had interest from TB and the #Chiefs, but ends up in Tampa Bay.”
White returned to New England on a one-year deal worth a fully guaranteed $2.5 million. But by utilizing a “four-year qualifying contract” on White, the veteran running back only will account for a shade over $1.25 million against New England’s salary cap in the upcoming season.
Sure, White probably would have had a better chance to win his fourth Super Bowl had he latched on with Tampa Bay. But the Patriots offense — and team as a whole — is shaping up to be much improved in 2021, and White figures to play an important role.