The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are preparing for another push toward the Super Bowl, and much of the 2021 offseason has seen the focus shift toward Tom Brady as he recovers from knee surgery. The Buccaneers have now taken an extra measure to appease their star quarterback.
Tom Brady continues to rehab from offseason knee surgery
Brady continues to make steady progress in his recovery from offseason knee surgery.
The lingering injury didn’t impact the 43-year-old’s performance in 2020. He recorded an impressive first campaign in Tampa Bay as he finished third with 4,633 passing yards and tied for second with 40 touchdown passes.
It put him alongside Hall of Famer Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to notch at least 40 touchdown passes in a single season with two teams. He stepped up in the playoffs, guiding the Buccaneers to three straight road victories to earn a Super Bowl 55 berth.
Brady capped it off by earning Super Bowl MVP honors after recording three touchdown passes with 201 passing yards and a 125.8 passer rating.
Since Brady underwent surgery in February, the Buccaneers have closely monitored him. He began throwing this week for the first time after the operation, keeping him on track to participate in mandatory training camp later this month.
As he continues to ramp up his workload, the Buccaneers have granted the future Hall of Famer another special privilege.
The Buccaneers have thrown a twist into Tom Brady’s offseason
The offseason has quickly progressed to voluntary team workouts, with mandatory training camp on the horizon.
The defending champion Buccaneers are taking a slightly different approach, allowing Brady to venture into a unique path. Head coach Bruce Arians revealed that he’s encouraging the star quarterback and several teammates to work out together away from the team and coaching staff.
“Last year was so different because of the pandemic,” Arians said via Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times. “This year they can be here. Like is said, they wouldn’t be practicing but they could be working on this field. I’d love to see them all out here together.”
Arians’ only desire is that Brady and his teammates use the team’s practice facility instead of the New York Yankees’ baseball complex located across the street. He also added that the players could even do that without any coaches present.
The move shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given that the Buccaneers’ players released a joint statement earlier this year that they would not be participating in offseason activities. There is an added risk with Brady and his teammates working away from the practice facilities. The organization could avoid paying their salaries if injured at any non-team property.
Nonetheless, the Buccaneers are taking the extra step to appease their star quarterback.
Buccaneers are eyeing another Super Bowl push
Beyond the offseason workouts, the Buccaneers have their eyes on the big picture of competing for another Super Bowl.
The front office kept the band together in free agency by re-signing all their big-name players and adding a few more pieces. A year in Arians’ offensive system will allow Brady to have greater comfort and control.
The expectations are high as the Buccaneers remain an early Super Bowl favorite, which will only heighten with the future Hall of Famer guiding the charge. Tampa Bay will have stiff competition in the NFC, but the path toward another championship run appears clear.
Meanwhile, Brady will spend the next couple of months getting his surgically repaired knee prepared for his 22nd campaign.