It’s been an amazing 2020 for the city of Tampa, Florida in the sports world, This time last year we learned that the Buccaneers would be going after former New England Patriots QB Tom Brady once he announced he would not be returning to NE. Brady Shocked everyone and signed with the Bucs, next thing we would hear after all of that would be that the rumors of Brady’s former teammate and buddy Rob Gronkowski would be coming out of retirement to play with Brady once again. Once Gronk signed we knew things were about to become different and real quickly this culture of losing would be long gone from the days of old.
Antonio Brown, Leonard Fournette would follow suit and come on one year deal’s cheap for a chance to join on this eventually Super Bowl Championship run. This is the dawn of a new era in Tampa Bay, this town once was labeled the worst sports franchise among the major sports (NBA, NHL, NFL & MLB) With an all-time regular-season record of 278-429-1, the Buccaneers remained owners of the worst active win percentage in American sports at .39321 but due to the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves losing streak at the time caused the T-Wolves to get a .39307 winning percentage therefor making the Buccaneers climb out of the basement persay.
Fast Forward to now, The Buccaneers have gotten help with the salary cap with WR Mike Evans re-working his contract, WR Chris Godwin taking a franchise-tag but can still have time to work on a new deal by July 2021, LB Lavonte David taking a small team-friendly deal helping save some cap space to continue the trend on keeping the “band” together to try to keep this renewal of a winning culture and mentality around in the Tampa Bay area. QB Tom Brady recently signed an extension to free up about 20$M to give the Buccaneers a little more room to sign the remaining soon-to-be Free Agents.
The Real Question remains, Can Tom Brady help turn one of the worse franchises around while he still has a bit of gas left in his NFL tank.
I’d like to think this is a no-brainer “Yes” but as we all know there is no “I” in team and it will take a full 53 man roster doing their jobs along with the coaching and training staff to make this happen. It wont be an overnight project but if you think about this we will have Brady for at least another 2-4 years possibly and the Buccaneers over that time frame will have a top 5 ranking in available cap room to go out and spend the money to keep this franchise going in the right direction.