Star quarterback Tom Brady shook things up on Tuesday morning by announcing that he was leaving the New England Patriots after two decades. That moved toward Brady’s free agency decision that didn’t take long to narrow down his options on the open market. All of that has led to reports suggesting that he has chosen to play the next chapter of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With that all expected to play out, it begs the question if he can win another Super Bowl in Tampa Bay.
Tom Brady expected to join the Buccaneers
Since Brady made the decision not to return to the Patriots, it has ramped up the dialogue around his next landing spot.
That immediately thrust both the Buccaneers and Los Angeles Chargers into the picture as the last two known suitors for his services. That field was quickly narrowed down to Tampa Bay as it was reported on Tuesday that Brady had let Los Angeles know that they were out of the running for his services.
That notion was further cemented with other reports surfacing that he was significantly factoring his family into his decision more than the scheme and roster. It also helped the Buccaneers’ case that they are located on the East coast, which didn’t require such a drastic change for his family to go through.
With that all nearly set and done, it allows things to shift over to what to expect with Brady now under center in Tampa Bay.
Buccaneers offense around Tom Brady
For the first time in quite a while, the Buccaneers have one of the top quarterbacks in the league heading the charge.
The addition of Brady should be an immediate upgrade at the position over Jameis Winston, who is talented in his own right. Winston had his stretches of promise but struggled with his decision-making and was too turnover prone. Brady has the opportunity to work under another sharp offensive mind in the league with head coach Bruce Arians, who has previously worked with the likes of Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew, Luck, and Carson Palmer.
Meanwhile, Brady will have some viable offensive weapons to work with in the passing game with a pair of Pro Bowl wide receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Evans has established himself as one of the top players at his position while Godwin is coming off a career-best campaign where he finished third with 1,333 receiving yards and nine touchdowns despite missing the last two games of the season.
The Buccaneers also have a pair of talented tight ends in Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard, who should benefit significantly from Brady’s presence. They also have a reliable option in the backfield with running back Ronald Jones, who was a more consistent option last season. With Brady in tow, Tampa Bay will likely look to build a more well-rounded roster around him.
Buccaneers’ Super Bowl chances with Tom Brady
Although it’s undoubtedly quite early to be thinking about Super Bowl 55, anywhere Brady would have signed this offseason would have pushed forward that topic.
He’s the all-time winningest player in the playoffs and has six Super Bowls to name. That said, the road to championship contention could be quite harsh in Tampa Bay playing a tough division led by the New Orleans, who will have Drew Brees back for the next two seasons.
The Carolina Panthers could be a factor in the division as well with Teddy Bridgewater heading the charge while the Atlanta Falcons should improve off their shortcomings last year. Meanwhile, the NFC is stacked with other tough teams such as the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, and Minnesota Vikings.
It could be the toughest challenge yet for Brady to compete for the Super Bowl, but it certainly stirs the pot for more excitement ahead of the 2020 season.