The Bucs were very busy in the NFL’s tampering period. They franchise-tagged Shaq Barrett and also signed Jason Pierre-Paul to an extension. But they’ve still got $60 million in the pot. That’s more than enough to lure in Brady and add some weapons to an increasingly exciting roster.
We already mentioned that he wasn’t willing to meet the Patriots’ terms. It appears that he has no such issues with Tampa, who have the money to entice him. It’s highly likely they’ll further strengthen the offense by getting a running back and an offensive lineman. We’re watching with interest.
This is going to be the last big contract of Brady’s career. Of course, he’s already worth millions, but the Bucs are going to put a cherry on top of it all. The best part of it is that he’s going to be living in Florida. When you’re a resident of the Sunshine State you don’t have to pay income tax.
Compare that to California, where Brady would have to pay 13% tax on all of his earnings. That’s a massive difference. If you’re looking at staying rich for the rest of your life then Florida is a very good place to live. You can guarantee this was a factor in his thinking.
Jameis Winston threw more interceptions last year than Brady did over the entire past four years. There’s no doubt that he’s an upgrade on the man he’s replacing. Furthermore, the Bucs’ style of play is perhaps more suited to an aging Brady than the Patriots’ way.
New England’s passing game in recent years consisted mainly of underneath passes, quick-game throws, and screens to running back. However, Tampa Bay is looking to be less offensive this year but more consistent. Expect a more methodical approach than their usual explosive approach.
We’ve mentioned a couple of reasons why Belichick and Brady don’t get along. However, this is one of the most serious of them all. Who is most responsible for their legacy? Brady plans to push Tampa Bay over the edge into contention. If he can do this, then it will be a massive statement that he’s not finished.
Pressure will be on Belichick after the Patriots fell short last year. He’s got a rebuilding job on his hands and the pressure is on to find a good replacement for Brady. To be fair, the answer to who is most responsible for their success is definitely in the middle.
In short, all good things come to an end. Right now Brady gets to walk away with his head held high. He’s a hero in New England and rightly so. But the truth is that he only had another season at most in Boston. It’s better to leave by choice and with dignity.
Furthermore, this way he gets to keep his value. Another season like last year’s with the Patriots would have a knock-on effect on future salary demands. People would say that he’s past it and he’d struggle to push past $20 million per year. To sum up, it makes sense.
Finally, Brady just really loves football. There’s a reason why he’s a 20-year veteran of the game. He could easily walk away from the sport and still make bagfuls of dollars but he’s happy to put his body on the line again and again. It’s really quite inspiring.
Even though he’s 43, he hasn’t lost the hunger to win and compete. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will give him a chance to play with a bit more freedom than over the past couple of years. Retirement lasts for a very long time, so he’s just going to make the most of it while he still can.