It has been over a week since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers secured the services of star quarterback Tom Brady in free agency. In the days that have followed, there have been details to emerge about how the entire situation played out. It has mostly been one that has pushed the narrative toward Brady being the one that initiated the dialogue to make the situation work out. However, there was as much from the Buccaneers to fully commit to him being their franchise quarterback moving forward next season and beyond that.
Tom Brady chooses the Buccaneers
Over the last few months, there had been a growing uncertainty regarding Brady’s return to the New England Patriots despite having spent his first two decades in the league with the franchise.
The 42-year-old had several comments that erred to the side of him wanting to explore his options in free agency. Meanwhile, he voiced that he didn’t know what lay in front of him in New England.
All of that seemingly led to Brady announcing that he was leaving the Patriots, which shortly after the talk shifted over to him heading to the Buccaneers. It is a bit of a surprising move, given that there was no strong feeling of him leaning toward playing elsewhere. Still, the telling signs were there as the dialogue with New England was non-apparent, and there hadn’t been much progress made on that front in the days ahead of free agency.
Brady now begins the next chapter of his career in Tampa Bay, where new challenges are ahead.
Buccaneers not concerned with Tom Brady’s arm or age
With Brady in tow, the Buccaneers are set to move forward in a new direction in hopes of reaching the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade and possibly contend for a Super Bowl.
Throughout the process, it has become quite clear that Tampa Bay has been quite confident in the six-time Super Bowl champion’s abilities at this point in his career. General manager Jason Licht voiced that sentiment during an interview on ESPN’s Get Up on Monday by stating the team believes he has plenty of strength in his arm and sees him playing beyond the next two seasons. (H/T Reuters)
“The tape showed to us that he had plenty of arm. In fact, we thought that he had an ideal arm for Bruce in his system,” Licht said of Arians’ notorious desire to chuck the ball downfield to stress defenses. “He can still throw it deep. We felt like the mobility was still the same as he’s always had, which, he’s never been able to outrun anybody. But he certainly is good in the pocket in terms of eluding pressure and with his poise and his instincts. We did not see a decline in his arm talent whatsoever. And, in fact, we feel like he could still play for over two years for us, and hopefully that’s the case.”
Brady’s arm strength with a topic of discussion throughout the offseason as it was well known that head coach Bruce Arians loves to throw the ball down the field. It’s something that will be a key factor in the passing game, which will quickly see how much the star quarterback has left in that regard.
Meanwhile, the contract situation with the Buccaneers is clear that Brady may be open to having another deal beyond the 2021 season. Details have emerged that he has an option in his contract after the second year that doesn’t allow for the team to place a franchise tag on him like he had with the Patriots.
What to expect from Tom Brady in Tampa Bay
For the first time in his career, Brady will operate away from the umbrella of the Patriots.
It’s a chance to prove himself that he can lead a team to much success despite heading into his 21st season. Brady will have several offensive weapons at his disposal with the likes of Mike Evans, Chirs Godwin, Cameron Brate, and O.J. Howard.
There will be an adjustment period as the 42-year-old gets used to his new surroundings, but it a situation that he has an opportunity to find much success in 2020 and possibly beyond that.