No matter how you slice it, the Buccaneers are so incredibly lucky to have Tom Brady back on their roster for one more season.
As much as people may try to deny it, the Buccaneers were floundering there for a bit a few months ago when Tom Brady retired.
The front office and coaching staff can preach cool heads and confidence in what they had all they want; none of us should buy that the trio of Blaine Gabbert, Kyle Trask, and Ryan Griffin was going to cut it as leaders at the most important positions on this roster during such a pivotal point.
The other thing that none of us should buy is that the staff wasn’t interested in other quarterback options.
The free agents on the team held their ground on returning until Brady was back. Do we think that would’ve happened for Gabbert? Absolutely not. Bruce Arians and Jason Licht knew that going after a higher-profile name was the only way to salvage this roster and its competitive nature, and thank goodness Tampa got the one that they did.
Based on the format of the contract, Tom Brady returning was way cheaper for the Bucs that what they could’ve dealt with. No draft picks given up (such as Wilson and Watson), and no massive pending legal cases that the player is actively losing in the court of public opinion (largely due to his lawyer).
The Buccaneers could’ve lost a mountain of flexibility, cap space, draft picks, and respect if they made this move in the wrong way, yet it went as perfectly as it could.
Tampa is now in a position to compete for another Super Bowl with the greatest quarterback of all time under center, and they don’t have to deal with the negative drawbacks that we tied to every other quarterback option that was available a few months back.
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