Why Is Tom Brady So Frugal With Cell Phone Purchases?

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New Buccaneers QB Tom Brady is a few years removed from being tangled in a cell phone controversy and in the year 2020, he’s under scrutiny, albeit much less severe, for his phone again.

Brady is apparently using an iPhone 6. That’s according to Coley Mick of Barstool Sports, who wonders whether Brady is having financial problems because of his lack of phone upgrade and contract that doesn’t come close to Patrick Mahomes’ half-billion-dollar deal.

Back in 2015, the NFL wanted Brady’s cell phone as part of their investigation into the QB having a hand in illegally deflating footballs. Brady’s phone was allegedly smashed to pieces and the former Patriot claimed he switches up his phones every eight months and that was why, per CBS Sports.

“Brady testified that it is his practice to destroy (or give to his assistant to destroy) his cellphone and SIM cards when he gets a new cellphone. Mr. Brady also testified that, based on his typical practice, he would have asked to have the existing cellphone destroyed at or about the same time he began using his new cellphone. According to records provided by Mr. Brady, he began using a new cellphone — and based on what Mr. Brady and his counsel described as his ordinary practice, gave his old cellphone to his assistant to be destroyed — on or about March 6, 2015, the very day he met with Mr. Wells and his team to be questioned about the tampering allegations.”

If Brady truly destroys his phones every eight months, it makes sense that he’d go with an older cheaper model…or does it? I don’t know what it feels like to have a $25 million dollar contract. I also don’t know what it’s like to feel like I need to smash my iPhone every 240 days, though I’d imagine if both were the case, I’d go with something that has a better camera.

Should the NFL Investigate Brady for Offseason Activity?

Brady joined his Bucs’ teammates for training camp last week, though he and the team arguably got an unfair head start earlier in the offseason.

Brady continued to work out with his new Buccaneers teammates earlier in the offseason despite the warning of the NFLPA for to stop.

“Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts,” Dr. Thom Mayer, the NFLPA medical director, said in an email to all players at the time. “Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months.

Florida was seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. At the time, Brady led workouts with both offensive and defensive players.

Prior to that, Brady was in the news for breaking Florida’s stay-at-home order on at least two occasions, including one where he accidentally broke into some one’s home, believing that it was offensive coordinator’s Byron Leftwich’s house.

Brady wasn’t arrested for breaking and entering, though it’s possible the league could take some sort of disciplinary action for the incident, as he was not supposed to be meeting with members of his new team.

“Totally illegal,” a connected source told Mike Florio of NBC Sports. “They should be fined. Plus, I bet those duffel bags had footballs in them.”

Breaking offseason protocol has resulted in a fine previously, so it seems like a suspension is not in the cards.

Brady was also in the news for being in a public park earlier this offseason. That park was closed because of COVID-19 and the QB was ushered out of it. In this case, Tampa Bay’s Mayor apologized to Brady for enforcing the law.

If the NFL does choose to investigate Brady and wants to see his phone for records of him speaking with his new coaching staff, then they may have to act quick before Brady smashes another phone.

Brady Expected to Thrive in Tampa Bay

Brady is expected to thrive with a new stable of weapons. Brady arguably has as greatest of a collection of options he’s ever played with (Yes, Randy Moss was the greatest WR Brady has ever played with but those teams with Moss weren’t as stacked as this year’s Bucs).

Tampa Bay could run two tight ends in the way the Patriots did with Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez back in 2011. The team could do so without putting too much on any one tight end’s plate. Expect a rotation between, O.J. Howard, Rob Gronkowski, and Cameron Brate.

Not to mention, the Bucs also have all-pro Mike Evans, speedster Chris Godwin and Ronald Jones II at running back (who should be a sought after fantasy asset).

Some believe Brady will set career-highs, even at this late stage in his career.

“You know what, I’m gonna go out on a limb: He’s gonna thrash 2007,” Jones-Drew said, referring to Brady’s best season of his career (on a recent episode of NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football). “I think he’s gonna throw 55 touchdowns, 4,500 yards passing, close to 5,000. The Bucs are gonna be one of the toughest teams to stop, and that’s because the defense causes turnovers and will get him more opportunities.”

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