Former Buccaneers quarterback Shaun King has harsh assessment of Tom Brady: ‘Shells himself’

A former Buccaneers quarterback doesn’t mince words in his assessment of Tom Brady.

Shaun King, who played under Tampa Bay center from 1999-2003, doesn’t take away from what Brady has accomplished. He just believes that one of the greatest of all time has nothing left to give at 45.

“Let’s be honest, man,” King told “Why is everyone beating around the bush? Tom Brady is the most accomplished professional quarterback we’ve ever seen, and nobody in modern football gets to 10 Super Bowls, and they certainly don’t win seven. Despite that, you should still be honest on what it is now. He is a shell of himself. Especially when faced with pressure.

Brady, now an unrestricted free agent, is coming off the first losing season of his career, although 8-9 was enough for the Buccaneers to win the AFC South. Tampa Bay was kicked out of the playoffs by the Cowboys in the wildcard round.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion has consistently put up strong numbers in 2022, completing 66.8% of a league-leading 733 passes for 4,694 yards, 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions with a QB rating of 90.7.

Tom Brady is an unrestricted free agent.
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This still hasn’t impressed King as he believes Brady no longer passes the eyesight test overall.

“Yeah, in spurts he can still throw a few shots, and, yeah, every second or third game he can have a fourth quarter that reminds you of how great he was,” King said. “But from start to finish, it’s not the same player. Age is unbeaten. If you watch Tom Brady play, when he’s under pressure and under duress, he’s completely out of whack. It’s just reality.

Brady, who also went through a very public divorce from Giselle Bundchen this year, is now free to sign with any team he chooses if he chooses to continue playing. The feeling around his Bucs friends, teammates and pundits is that he’s done with Tampa Bay, especially after offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich was fired. Many teams are expected to be very interested in Brady, including the Raiders, Dolphins and a potential Patriots reunion as New England hired Bill O’Brien as their new offensive coordinator on Tuesday.

King just wants teams to be clear on what they would be signing with Brady for.

“It happens, man. You get older,” he said. “You step off the sidewalk and you feel like you jumped off a 10-story building. It happens to everyone. It’s just part of getting old.

Brady, who could also opt to cash in on his 10-year, $375 million contract to join PKB Sports’ broadcast booth, didn’t seem set to make up his mind on his next move.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Shaun King (10) drives away from Pittsburgh Steelers’ James Farrior (51) during the second quarter of a game December 23, 2002.

If I knew what I was going to do, I would have done it already,” Brady said on his Sirius XM “Let’s Go! podcast on Monday. “I take it one day at a time.”

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