Watch Out NFC: Tom Brady Is Just The Buc’s Beginning

Two days ago, the Bucs were just a quiet team that finished their season 3rd in the NFC South with a 7-9 record.

Their quarterback last year, Jameis Winston, finished the season by throwing 33 touchdowns and leading his team to ranking first in the league in passing yards per game with an average of 320.4 yards. The problem is, however, that on top of those 33 touchdowns came 30 interceptions.

On the last day of the 2019 NFL regular season Tampa’s head coach, Bruce Arians, was asked in a press conference if his team could win with or without Winston at quarterback. He responded with “(Win) with another quarterback? Oh yeah. If we can win with this one, we can definitely win with another one, too.” 

“(Win) with another quarterback? Oh yeah. If we can win with this one, we can definitely win with another one, too.” 

Arians said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

From that point forward, it was all but official that Winston was gone and that Arians was looking to recruit another quarterback. At the time, there was a substantial list of quarterbacks that they could choose from — anywhere from Teddy Bridgewater to Philip Rivers, or Andy Dalton to even maybe Dak Prescott. But, in reality, they only had one quarterback in their minds. And that quarterback was still in the playoffs wearing red, white, and blue.

Then, fast forward to March 11th. A rumor began spreading around the league that Arians and the Buccaneers were going ‘all in’ for Brady. This really got people’s minds turning.

But surely Tom Brady wouldn’t leave New England, right?

Come March 17th, Tom Brady posted on social media that he would not return to the Patriots. “I don’t know what my football future holds, but it is time for me to open a new stage for my life and my career,” he wrote in the post. “Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM experiences.”

“I don’t know what my football future holds, but it is time for me to open a new stage for my life and my career. Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM experiences.”

Tom Brady published to social media earlier Tuesday

Tom Brady in Tampa. Didn’t see that coming. However there are three indisputable advantages of him moving to Tampa, as I went over in the 18th episode of Rise And Shine Sports Fans. They are as follows:

  • The first advantage is that he will be making $30 million off of his contract this season alone. That is unheard of for any quarterback over 40 in NFL history! To really put things into perspective, the year after the Pats won the Super Bowl (last season) he only made $23 million! Now part of that is from his willingness to sign a smaller contract to attract other big-time players, but part of that was just because New England didn’t want to pay a 42 year-old quarterback a ton of money, because with age he has become more injury prone.
  • The second advantage is that he will be able to work with a coach similar to Bill Belichick. Part of the reason why Belichick and Brady gelled so well together was because there was a lot of room in the playbook for audibles to be called on the field. And with Brady’s NFL genius from playing for 20 seasons, he can read defenses very well. Bruce Arians, head coach of the Buccaneers, is very similar. Arians has also coached Ben Roethlishberger and Peyton Manning, so in a way, Tom Brady is right up his alley.
  • The third advantage of Brady heading to Tampa is that the Bucs already have an incredible offensive roster. Tom Brady should be a good replacement for Jameis Winston, however quarterback accuracy continually grows more and more irrelevant when there is such an amazing supporting cast on the offensive side of things. Think about it: Brady has Ronald Jones II at running back, wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and O.J. Howard at tight end.  You would think that with that offensive lineup that even someone with half of Tom Brady’s skill and talent would be able to dominate with.

It’s a good day to be a Bucs fan. And for them, it’s only gonna get better.

Another rumor began spreading yesterday that free agents are lining up to join the Bucs. Adam Schefter, NFL insider, reported that  “an unexpected high number of players have reached out to the Buccaneers to let them know they want to join the former Patriots’ QB there.” But in all reality, who wouldn’t?

 “an unexpected high number of players have reached out to the Buccaneers to let them know they want to join the former Patriots’ QB there.”

Adam Schefter, NFL insider

We can only imagine who all is on this list. Antonio Brown has already announced via Twitter that he wants to team up with Brady in the 2020 season. Reports have also said that Brady and Brown have remained in “close contact” ever since Brown left the Pats.

Another option at Wide Receiver that would be even better than getting Antonio Brown would be Emmanuel Sanders of the 49ers. He still hasn’t signed a deal with San Francisco because according to him, he is “weighing his options.” This truly would be an interesting pick up on the Buccaneers’ part. In the years of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Emmanuel Sanders used to battle-it-out when Sanders was with Denver. If they would become teammates, there might be an interesting bond that begins to form between the two.

In terms of free agency, the Buccaneers got the hard part done when they signed Tom Brady. Now they can evaluate their own roster and instead of having to go recruiting — allowing whatever free agent that is lined up to join and seems fit to become a member of this new dynasty in the NFC South.