The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took another possible considerable step forward toward a Super Bowl after signing Antonio Brown. The entire process saw Tom Brady play a significant part in making the situation happen to bring the star wide receiver to Tampa Bay. It now appears that Brady is truly taking the initiative to ensure that Brown‘s addition can reach its full potential.
Tom Brady pivotal to the Bucs signing Antonio Brown
In the weeks leading up to Antonio Brown‘s eight-game suspension ending, the chatter around his possible NFL return heated up.
The Seattle Seahawks were long believed to be the frontrunners to acquire his services due to their reported interest in Brown over the last several months. However, the Buccaneers quickly made headway into the discussion behind star quarterback Tom Brady’s concerted effort.
The six-time Super Bowl champion holds a strong connection with Brown that dates back to their brief time together last season with the New England Patriots. All that led to the All-Pro wide receiver deciding to ink a one-year deal worth up to $2.5 million if he fulfills his contract incentives.
Brady’s presence in the discussion was pivotal and made the entire situation possible. Despite missing nearly all of the 2019 season and the first half of this campaign, Brown ranks second in receptions (841) and receiving yards (11,263) and third in receiving touchdowns (75) since 2010.
The 43-year-old’s part in bringing the star wideout to the mix doesn’t end there as it also includes another intriguing aspect.
Antonio Brown will live with Tom Brady for the 2020 season
It’s no secret that Tom Brady holds tremendous respect for Antonio Brown’s talent and work ethic.
That was quite evident during their brief time together in New England and Brady’s behind-the-scenes frustration with the team letting the star wideout go last year. With another opportunity to play with Brown in Tampa Bay, Brady is reportedly going to taking things another step beyond that by having the Pro Bowler live with him this season, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
There hasn’t been any official confirmation of that possible situation, but it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Although Brady shot that idea down last season, the same notion surfaced in various reports in New England.
La Canfora’s reporting also suggests that Brady will help make sure that Brown attends all meetings and practices and avoids any possible trouble. These are above and beyond measures that the star quarterback is taking, but they are all linked with the hope that this addition can be another step toward the Super Bowl.
Opportunity to reignite NFL career in Tampa Bay
Before Antonio Brown’s arrival to the Buccaneers, the franchise has continued to round into form as one of the league’s top teams.
Tampa Bay has experienced their bumps in the road early in this season but has put forth some promising recent performances. Tom Brady has progressively looked more comfortable in the offense as his production speaks for itself through the first seven weeks.
The 43-year-old is currently sixth with 1,910 passing yards, second with 18 touchdown passes, and holds a 102.7 passer rating. Brady is on pace for 41 touchdown passes, which would be the first time reach more than 40 since his then-NFL record 50 touchdown passes in 2007. The Buccaneers are also coming off back-to-back blowout wins behind their explosive offense putting up more than 35 points in each contest.
Brown’s addition brings another element to the table that could push Tampa Bay to a clearer path toward the Super Bowl.