Number 1: Tom Brady – QB (2020-?)
After the 2020 season, there really no question on number one. Tom Brady went into the 2020 offseason as the biggest free agency fish in the NFL ocean since Peyton Manning in 2012, and the Buccaneers were lucky enough to reel him in. The debate was still raging on who was more important to the New England Patriots’ success between Brady and Bill Belichick, and Brady silenced a lot of doubters.
While the Patriots finished the season 7-9, Brady decided to switch conferences, fool around, and win his seventh Super Bowl. It would be his first (of hopefully more) with Tampa and second in the history of the Buccaneers. Sure, the defense played a HUGE part in the postseason, particularly the Super Bowl, but let’s be honest for a second. Would any other quarterback have gotten that team to the promised land? I know there’s still some Jameis-stans out there but don’t kid yourselves. Without Brady, there is no Buccaneers Super Bowl victory in Raymond James Stadium of all places.
This wasn’t like Brad Johnson coming in and bringing some safety and stability to the offense while the defense did its thing. This was a landmark moment for both the Buccaneers and NFL as a whole, that completely changed the culture in Tampa. Plus, Brady was actually the MVP of the Super Bowl.
There are a lot of cases for the number one spot here, but Brady is the GOAT of the NFL and is the GOAT of the Buccaneers free agency list. Heck, he’s already the best quarterback the Buccaneers has ever had as well. This was not an easy list to put together, but we’re happy with having Brady leading the charge on this list of the past, leading the Buccaneers in the present, and into the future.