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Russell Gage Thought Tom Brady's Pitch to Join Buccaneers Was a Prank

Larry Rupp
Wide receiver Russell Gage thought quarterback Tom Brady's pitch to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a prank.
Wide receiver Russell Gage thought quarterback Tom Brady's pitch to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a prank. / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made the signing of free agent Russell Gage official on Friday, but it's safe to say the veteran wide receiver still has a hard time truly believing it. After all, Gage originally thought a phone call he received from quarterback Tom Brady on Monday night was a prank.

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Getting a phone call out of the blue from one of the best NFL players of all-time has to be quite the surprise. Having him put together a recruitment pitch to join him is on a whole other level, though. Gage was only 3 years old when Brady was drafted and has watched him play his entire life.

Gage was contemplating where to sign before the call ended up sealing the deal right away. The LSU product has played each of his four NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, so Brady has seen his work up close during NFC South matchups. The three-time MVP now wants to see him improve even more.

Overall, Gage has logged back-to-back campaigns with at least 770 yards and 4 touchdowns. The 26-year-old also posted a career-best 70.2% catch percentage in 2021. He has only missed four games since 2018 out of a possible 65, which goes to show how consistent he has been.

The Buccaneers have quietly built one of the scariest receiving cores in the NFL. The duo of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin controls the outside will make it hard on opposing secondaries to keep up. Meanwhile, Gage can get open in the slot position and act as a reliable security blanket for Brady.

Tampa Bay currently has odds set at +700 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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