Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still relishing the accomplishment of winning Super Bowl 55. Things have now taken an interesting turn with Brady set to undergo offseason surgery on his left knee. However, there may be much more to the situation than what the Buccaneers are putting forth.
Tom Brady set to undergo knee surgery
Tom Brady is only a few days removed from earning his seventh Super Bowl win after guiding the Buccaneers to a championship.
As Brady ventures into the offseason before his 22nd campaign, the future Hall of Famer will undergo surgery on his left knee. Head coach Bruce Arians recently described the operation to the Tampa Bay Times as “a cleanup.”
Brady is coming off an impressive first campaign with the Buccaneers that saw him get back to performing at an elite level. The 43-year-old finished third with 4,633 passing yards, tied for second with 40 touchdown passes, and ninth with a 102.2 passer rating.
He brought his best in the playoffs as he helped guide the Buccaneers to three straight road wins. Brady capped it off with a strong outing in Super Bowl with three touchdown passes and 201 passing yards that earned him his record fifth Super Bowl MVP award.
Although Brady’s knee injury is characterized as minor surgery, there may be much more to it than meets the eye.
Tom Brady’s knee surgery may be more serious than you know
Following the news that Tom Brady will require offseason knee surgery, the Buccaneers have quickly brushed it aside as a minor operation.
However, there could be much more to the surgery than expected. Longtime New England Patriots reporter Ben Volin of The Boston Globe hinted as much through his source on Twitter.
“When it comes out, all this does is build his legend even greater,” Volin stated on the situation through his source’s comments.
What is being overlooked with the situation is it’s the same knee that Brady tore his ACL and MCL in the 2008 season opener. Since returning to the field the following year, Brady hasn’t missed a single game due to injury.
Over the last 12 seasons, he has made 188 regular-season starts and 28 playoff games with the Patriots and Buccaneers. What generates more intrigue from the situation is that Brady placed had a designation on any injury report throughout the 2020 campaign.
He did have a few non-injury related absences from Wednesday practices, but that could be seen as needed rest for him in his 21st season. Nonetheless, it’s something to watch moving forward with the situation.
Huge offseason ahead in Tampa Bay
The Buccaneers may not have much concern with Tom Brady’s surgery, but it’s something they will continue to monitor this offseason.
The fact of the matter is that he’s 43 years old undergoing an operation, which could have a much different impact on his physical ability moving ahead in his remaining career. Given his age alone, Tampa Bay will work to provide Brady all the time he needs to prepare for next season.
Beyond that, general manager Jason Licht has a busy offseason ahead that begins with several prominent players needing new contracts. The Buccaneers’ focus will primarily stay on retaining much of their group to increase their chances to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
Tampa Bay are prime to make another championship push in 2021, which all start with their star quarterback.