Since Tom Brady‘s arrival to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the bar of expectations has been raised toward competing for the Super Bowl. The Buccaneers have progressively looked like a team that can reach those lofty aspirations. With that in mind, Tampa Bay just took another significant forward by granting Brady‘s wish by possibly adding Antonio Brown to he mix.
Antonio Brown’s track toward an NFL return
Antonio Brown has experienced nothing short of a roller coaster ride with his NFL career.
Brown’s actions off the field moved from being one of the best offensive talents in the league to out of a job entirely. The 32-year-old’s behavior away from his craft resulted in several concerning legal issues that kept him off an NFL roster over the last year.
The star wideout’s actions led to the NFL to levy down an eight-game suspension to begin the 2020 season due to violating the personal conduct policy. Despite that, Brown stayed the course of avoiding any additional punishment that led to increased interest in his services as his suspension nears an end.
All that has guided Brown to pairing up with Tom Brady yet again.
Tom Brady pushing the Buccaneers to sign Antonio Brown
Over the last few days, there has been a significant increase in interest in Antonio Brown as he nears the end of his lengthy suspension.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quickly emerged as a legitimate landing spot for the star wide receiver. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Tom Brady was at the forefront of the effort of getting Brown inked to a one-year deal.
Brady’s interest in the former All-Pro wideout shouldn’t come as much of a surprise due to the fact he pushed the New England Patriots to bring the talented playmaker aboard last season. It also helps that the six-time Super Bowl champion has some experience working with Brown from their brief stint in New England.
What has also become apparent is that the 43-year-old has significant influence in Tampa Bay. Head coach Bruce Arians had stated over the offseason that the Buccaneers wouldn’t sign Brown saying it wasn’t a strong ‘fit” and that there wouldn’t be financial flexibility to make it happen.
What is also intriguing is that Brady and Brown have expressed strong mutual respect for each over social media over the last several months.
Buccaneers just increased their Super Bowl odds
The Buccaneers quickly swooped in to acquire Antonio Brown to their already explosive offense.
Brown’s addition puts another Pro Bowl talent in the mix that should make them the clear-cut Super Bowl favorites in the NFC. Although the 32-year-old hasn’t played since early last season, he’s regarded as one of the game’s best wide receivers.
The All-Pro wideout has a proven track record that speaks for itself that firmly lends to the belief he can become the top receiving option in just about any offense. Since entering the league in 2010, Brown ranks second in receptions (841) and receiving yards (11,263), and third in receiving touchdowns (75).
He is the complete-package wide receiver that adds another dangerous element to the Buccaneers’ already loaded offense that includes Pro Bowlers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. There will be an adjustment period for him to get acquainted with the offensive game plan and his new teammates. However, there is an opportunity for him to be the game-changing x-factor that puts them over the top.
Tampa Bay has just raised the bar of expectations another notch with Brown’s addition that could lead to a promising future ahead in the rest of the 2020 season.