For the first time in his illustrious career, Tom Brady will don another uniform aside from the New England Patriots as he’s set to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s a situation that has quickly transpired over the last few days, which saw the Buccaneers swiftly rise in the situation toward landing the future Hall of Fame quarterback. It’s a new reality that many are still adjusting to inevitably seeing Brady take the field for Tampa Bay in the 2020 season. Among those that have weighed in on the move has been Hall of Famer Brett Favre, who sees a promising future for the six-time Super Bowl champion with the Buccaneers.
Tom Brady elects to sign with the Bucs
In the weeks leading into free agency, there hadn’t been much dialogue in the way of the Buccaneers being a serious contender to land Brady.
The only building notion was that they were going to make a strong push to acquire his services. However, that quickly changed after Brady elected to leave the Patriots and test the market this week.
The Los Angeles Chargers were also in the picture to land the 42-year-old, but the logistics didn’t work out in their favor as Brady preferred to be closer to his son from a previous relationship who lives in the New York area. The Chargers had the financial means to make the move by offering the start quarterback a fully guaranteed two-year, $60 million deal, but it was the family factor that played that put them out of the mix.
Brett Favre sees the Bucs as a viable option for Tom Brady
Many have weighed in on the move for Brady as he embarks on the likely last chapter of his illustrious career.
Before it was clarified that Brady would join the Buccaneers, Favre voiced on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he believes that this was a “very good option” for the future first-ballot Hall of Famer.
“You’d be crazy not to go after Tom Brady with the team you have. Yeah, it’s a very tough division, but I don’t think for one second that Tom is sitting there thinking, ‘I want the easiest route possible.’ You want to win. You want to prove you can lead a team to a championship other than the one you’ve done so much for so many years. Yeah, Tampa is a very good option.”
Brady does have the challenge of playing in a tough division with the likes of the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, and Carolina Panthers. That will be at least two games a year against the likes of Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Teddy Bridgewater.
However, Tampa Bay does present an intriguing list of offensive weapons on the roster that could help form a highly-formidable team in the NFC. Much will depend on how much Brady has left in the tank to perform at a high level, but it’s an opportunity to showcase he can win outside the umbrella of the Patriots and Bill Belichick.
Will Tom Brady find success in Tampa Bay?
Brady is heading into an intriguing situation where he will have some formidable offensive talent around him.
It will require him to build chemistry with his new passing game weapons with the likes of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Cameron Brate, and O.J. Howard. That will take some time for him to get comfortable throwing to an entirely new set of teammates in what will be a new offensive scheme for him going into his 21st season.
If Brady can prove he can still be a highly capable quarterback, the Buccaneers could be in for a special 2020 season.