One former Buccaneers quarterback isn’t mincing words in his assessment of Tom Brady.

Shaun King who played under center for Tampa Bay from 1999-2003, isn’t taking anything away from what Brady accomplished. He believes that one of the greatest players in history has nothing to offer at 45.

“Let’s be honest, man,” King said “Why does everybody beat around the bush? Tom Brady is the most accomplished quarterback at the professional level we’ve ever seen, and nobody in modern football is getting to 10 Super Bowls, and they’re definitely not winning seven. In spite of that, you still should be honest about what he is now. He’s a shell of himself. Especially when he’s encountered with pressure.”

Brady, who is now an unrestricted-free agent, is coming off his first losing season. But 8-9 was good enough to allow the Buccaneers the AFC South title. In the wild-card round, Tampa Bay was knocked out of the playoffs by Cowboys.

The seven-time Super Bowl Champion still produced solid numbers in 2022. He completed 66.8% of a league-leading 733 passes, 4,694 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. His QB rating was 90.7.

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This still didn’t impress King as he feels Brady no longer passes the eye test overall.

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

Brady, who also Go through a very public divorce with Giselle Bundchen If he chooses to play, he is now free to sign for any team he wishes. His friends, Bucs teammates, and experts feel that he is out of Tampa Bay. This is especially true after the firing Byron Leftwich, his offensive coordinator. There are plenty of teams expected to be highly 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 wants all teams to know what they are signing up for with Brady.

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

Brady, who could also opt to cash-in his 10-year, $375 million contract to join the Fox Sports broadcast booth, didn’t sound like he is close to making up his mind on his next move.

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

If I knew what I was going to f–king do, I’d have already f–king done it,” Brady said on his Sirius XM “Let’s Go!” podcast on Monday. “I’m taking it a day at a time.”