This very well could be the swan-song of Tom Brady with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In truth, it’s perhaps something the Buccaneers knew all along.
We probably should’ve seen this coming. Truth be told. There was the retirement then un-retirement saga of Tom Brady that took up headlines the entire offseason. It wasn’t even just for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the headlines were for the NFL world as a whole as well. Now, perhaps something that in the back of our minds we knew all along is looking more and more likely with each passing week. Brady and the Buccaneers are more likely than not parting ways after this season.
It’s honestly funny. The whole frenzy of a story during the offseason was that Brady only came back so Bruce Arians would be out and a new head coach would be in. Ironically, the new head honcho Todd Bowles inability to sustain the success thus far may just be the reason that Brady sails away from Tampa Bay.
Quite honestly, the signs were always there. The other part of the story this past offseason was that he allegedly, Brady had some super deal lined up with the Miami Dolphins, and if Dana White is anyone to be believed, both Brady and Rob Gronkowski to the Las Vegas Raiders was a done deal before Jon Gruden put the clamps down on that. Sidenote, Gruden messing with the Raiders and Buccaneers, a tale as old as time. The Raiders thing does kind of make sense too, considering Josh McDaniels is the head coach, and Brady grew up in the bay area, albeit as a San Francisco 49ers fan. Close enough though.
Another sign here is just the overall body language of the GOAT. He doesn’t even throw tablets down on the sidelines anymore out of anger and frustration. Now he just kind of tosses them to the side in more of a “Bah Humbug” fashion after a drive stalls.
The one thing that nobody has brought up much to this point, but admittedly has started to finally gain some steam, is that Brady is an unrestricted free agent after this season. If things go south in the putrid NFC South for the Bucs, there may not be anything they can do.
This is not to say it’s all on the coaching as to why the team is in this mess if they are. This has been a collective snafu from top to bottom this season. The fact of the matter is, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are drifting apart at sea. While that always may have been the case, it’s really not even a question anymore. Let’s just enjoy it while we can, and hope for some twilight magic if they limp into the playoffs.