It has been a few days since star quarterback Tom Brady officially decided to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which has been a reality that many may take some time to come to terms with the move. There were the telling signs that things were headed in this direction, but it hasn’t taken long for Brady to quickly make the adjustments toward accepting this new reality in his illustrious NFL career. The future Hall of Famer has already gone one crucial first step upon his arrival in Tampa Bay.
Tom Brady signs with the Buccaneers
Over the last several months, there were already the telling signs that Brady could be on his way out of New England.
The 42-year-old pulled the trigger on going that route earlier this week by choosing to ink a fully guaranteed two-year, $50 million deal with Tampa Bay. It has created a great stir across the league to see Brady leave the only franchise he has played with over the last two decades.
Brady is venturing into new territory playing for another team with an entirely new offensive system to learn, new teammates to build chemistry with on and off the field, and a completely different environment. With that in mind, he has already made steps toward acquiescing himself to the situation.
What Tom Brady requested from the Buccaneers
In his 21st season, Brady is heading into a new chapter of his career that will take plenty of adjustments.
The six-time Super Bowl champion is joining another franchise where he has much to learn. According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Brady has already made an effort to gather the phone numbers for his new teammates.
Brady never asked for control of the offense. He knew that Arians, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen and special assistant Tom Moore would collaborate with him on game plans. He didn’t ask for any specific players to join him. He didn’t even ask to wear No. 12, which for the moment belongs to Godwin.
In fact, there was only one request Brady had after he had signed: He wanted the phone numbers of all his new Bucs teammates.
There is plenty with the playbook, but Brady knows the groundwork must be laid first with getting to know his teammates at a personal level. There has to be a strong connection and level of trust that he has to build, especially since he’s entering entirely new surroundings.
If Brady wants to experience any sustainable success that could have a chance to mirror what he did in New England, his relationship and chemistry with his teammates are a crucial part of it all.
Can the Buccaneers contend for the Super Bowl?
With Brady’s arrival to Tampa Bay, that will immediately push forward the expectation of competing for a Super Bowl.
The 42-year-old experienced a tremendous amount of success in New England that saw him contend for a championship annually. That bar was set for him regardless of where he was going to play next due to him being the winningest quarterback in league history.
There is a necessary adjustment period for him as he works to build a strong rapport with his teammates offensively. Brady will be playing with a talented group of players on that side of the ball with the likes of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard, and Ronald Jones. Meanwhile, Brady has the motivation to prove he can continue to win outside the umbrella of the Patriots.
The table is set for him and Tampa Bay to make a significant push upward in the 2020 season and possibly beyond that.