Tom Brady joins the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
How did we get to this point? Many are speculating it is all because of the 2017 trade that seen Jimmy Garoppolo go to the San Francisco 49ers. All this is fuelled by the rumour mill which claimed that Bill Belichick needed to trade a quarterback and chose Brady before being shut down by Kraft. Even with this speculation and rumours both Brady and Belichick are among the most experienced people in the game and it is extremely doubtful that it has led on to Brady leaving New England.
It is more likely that Tom Brady is feeling a little past his prime and is just taking a step down from a top NFL side to more of an underdog team. Let’s not forget the huge payday which will come alongside his 2-year deal with Tampa. It is estimated by NFL Network that the deal is around $30 million USD a year. It is almost a full $10 million more than what he was earning at the Patriots.
Tom Brady has been known to accept contracts under market value for a player of his stature so that the team could build a better roster. It is estimated that he has sacrificed between $60-$100 million. Many people across America would be willing to sacrifice that for 6 Superbowl rings and being called the greatest to ever play.
Always in conversations about being the best of all time what will the 42-year-old bring to the Buccaneers? After his sparkling 20-year career with the Patriots what has the future Hall of Famer left to give?
The Impact of Tom Brady
After signing a 2-year deal with Tampa we are going to see some big changes for them in the NFL. They are already discussing the fact that more free agents want to sign for Tampa Bay since the announcement that they were signing Brady. Even after last season not being near his best ranking outside of the top 10 quarterbacks for the year, we know that Tom Brady has a lot in his locker.
Season tickets for the Buccaneers had thousands of people in line on Tuesday after it was announced that Brady was expected to join the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay ranked 30th in the NFL last season in attendance. It is a guarantee that won’t be the case this season with a superstar joining their ranks. The mix of attention and prestige of having Tom Brady will see the Florida franchise be expecting a much higher finish to the coming season.
The Patriots odds on winning the Superbowl 2021 have gone from +1200 to +1600 since Brady left. His impact on the Buccaneers has been much more significant. Tampa Bay were +50000 to win next year’s Superbowl just last week with CanPlay. As soon as Brady announced his signing their odds have dropped significantly to be even with New England at +1600. The most shocking fact around this is that the Buccaneers haven’t made the playoffs since 2007.
Only time will tell if Tom Brady can lead the Buccaneers to glory, but his sheer competitiveness and attitude will certainly push them in the right direction to make their way to the playoffs. Depending on how the rest of the trade goes we could see the odds for the Buccaneers go down even further so if you have faith in the future Hall of Famer back Tampa Bay here at Canplay.