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Bucs' Bruce Arians fretted over 'secret team' stealing Tom Brady in free agency

Bucs' Bruce Arians fretted over 'secret team' stealing Tom Brady in free agency

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians admitted he wasn't convinced Tom Brady would sign with Tampa Bay until the two spoke on the phone during the first night of NFL free agency.

But according to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, Arians may have still had doubts after his phone call with Brady.

During an appearance Thursday on FS1's "The Herd with Colin Cowherd," Glazer detailed his back-and-forth with a very paranoid Arians in the days leading up to Brady's signing.

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"I was talking to him throughout the whole thing. Believe it or not, while everybody thought it was a done deal, he didn’t because Tom hadn’t signed,” Glazer said. "Like, it took him a couple days and he didn’t sign."

Brady announced he was leaving the New England Patriots on Tuesday, March 17, but didn't sign with the Bucs until that Friday due to some logistical issues regarding his physical.

Those few extra days apparently made Arians worry that either the Patriots had convinced Brady to stay or that another suitor -- the Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders and Indianapolis Colts reportedly were all in the mix -- had swooped in to sign the six-time Super Bowl champion.

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"At one point Bruce actually hit me up and said, 'Do you think there’s a secret team here?' " Glazer said. "He’s been around football so long that paranoia is part of your DNA if you’re a head coach.

"He was like, 'Is there another team?' I was like, ‘You’re good, dude. I think you’re good.’ "

Considering Brady actually pitched the Bucs on why they should sign him, it appears Arians' worries were unfounded. But maybe the Bucs' head coach is a superstitious man and didn't want to jinx his chances of landing the GOAT.

"He was almost like, ‘It’s too good to be true,' " Glazer added of Arians.

WATCH: Rob Gronkowski loses WWE 24/7 title to R-Truth

WATCH: Rob Gronkowski loses WWE 24/7 title to R-Truth

Rob Gronkowski's run as WWE 24/7 champion has come to an end.

The former New England Patriots tight end, who has been the 24/7 champ for the last 58 days, was defeated by R-Truth in his backyard while filming a TikTok video. Yes, that's a lot to process, so we'll just let you watch the clip below:


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What that means for Gronk's WWE future is uncertain, but it looks like it's officially time for No. 87 to shift his focus to the upcoming season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Gronk initially won the 24/7 championship at WrestleMania 36, where he pinned Mojo Rawley.

Dante Scarnecchia hints at new Patriots offensive line coaching structure

Dante Scarnecchia hints at new Patriots offensive line coaching structure

Dante Scarnecchia reportedly helped the New England Patriots at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, but he's not coming out of retirement a second time.

How do we know this? Because the former Patriots offensive line coach has already named his successors.

In a recent interview with ESPN's Mike Reiss, Scarnecchia all but confirmed that Patriots assistants Cole Popovich and Carmen Bricillo will coach the offensive line in tandem this season.

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"They're both really good coaches and both really good people. Very, very smart guys," Scarnecchia told Reiss. "I know no one has been named, and there are reasons for that, but clearly those are the two guys that are going to do it, and I think they'll do an outstanding job.

"The other thing is they know the players. It's not like they're new, coming in from the outside. They've both been around there -- especially Cole, who has been in the system for five years. Carm for one."

The Patriots' official website (which has never been heavy on details) still lists Scarnecchia as the team's offense line coach. Popovich is listed as New England's assistant running backs coach, while Bricillo is labeled a "coaching assistant."

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Both assistant coaches have experience on the offensive line, though: Popovich was the offensive line coach at Minot State for two seasons until joining the Patriots in 2015, while Bricillo spent nine years as Youngstown State's offensive line coach before coming to New England in 2019.

The Patriots went outside the organization to replace Scarnecchia the first time he retired, naming Dave DeGuglielmo their offensive line coach in 2014. DeGuglielmo lasted just two seasons in New England, though, and it appears the Patriots are promoting from within this time to replace the legendary Scarnecchia -- who, to be clear, is not coming back in 2020.

"I've done it for 48 years. I think that's plenty," Scarnecchia told Reiss, "and I'm really, really grateful for every day, every year of those 48, and all the things it's provided us."