Shortly after deciding to walk away from the New England Patriots after two decades with the franchise, star quarterback Tom Brady is expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s a decision that has drawn much scrutiny over the last several months that had all the signs that he was going to depart from the Patriots, but the idea of it being for the Buccaneers didn’t genuinely manifest itself until the last few days. Tampa Bay solidified their spot in Brady‘s mind as his next landing spot in large part due to how it would best suit his family situation heading into this next likely last chapter of his illustrious NFL career.
Tom Brady joins the Buccaneers
For months, the dialogue around Brady was that he was going to consider his options in free agency.
However, there was never the strong notion that he was going to outright leave the Patriots without them getting a chance to offer him a deal that would re-affirm his commitment to the franchise. Instead, Brady chose to depart as made a decision that is solely of his choosing away from his strong bond from the Patriots that he garnered over the last two decades.
It didn’t take long for the 42-year-old to choose his next destination as he will join the Buccaneers, which could be a colossal move in pushing the franchise forward toward contending for the playoffs and possibly much more than that.
It was a choice that Brady made based more so on aspect outside of the game of football with his family factoring into the decision-making process more than ever before at any point in his career.
Why Tom Brady chose the Buccaneers
With the Patriots out of the picture, it thrust the Buccaneers and Los Angeles Chargers to the forefront as his two options.
Each team had made a strong push to acquire his services, with each meeting his financial commitment of a fully guaranteed two-year, $60 million deal. However, the separation from the two teams came from the family aspect and not what each team could provide with their offensive scheme or roster personnel.
According to Jim Trotter of the NFL Network, the Buccaneers saw things move in their favor due to Brady wanting to be closer to his son from a previous relationship that lives in the New York area. The ability to stay on the east coast with Tampa Bay was a huge factor that tilted the scale in their regard.
The decision came down to the logistics of each team with the Buccaneers providing Brady the better situation for his family.
Did Tom Brady make the right choice?
Brady now has a finality to his NFL future that will see him embark a new chapter away from Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
The six-time Super Bowl champion is joining a team that has some viable offensive weapons around him. Mike Evans has established himself as one of the top wide receivers in the league while Chris Godwin is emerging toward stardom after a breakout year. Unlike what he had with New England last year, Brady has two viable tight ends in Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard. Yes, the latter struggled with consistency highlighted by dropped passes last year, but this change could help bring the best out of Howard.
A move to the Chargers would have been quite interesting and understandable as the team does have proven weapons such as Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry, and Austin Ekeler. However, Brady’s decision was what he deemed best for himself and his family.
Only time will tell if that will be the right choice on the football field.