Tom Brady is officially a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster for the 2020 season, but how will the franchise fare with the six-time Super Bowl champion at quarterback? Could ring number seven be on the way for ‘TB12’ in 2020?
Brady brought an end to an incredible 20-year run with the New England Patriots this week, issuing lengthy statements to both the franchise and its supporters, and he was quickly linked with a move to Tampa Bay, who allowed Jameis Winston’s contract to expire.
The bookmakers went odds-on about the 42-year-old making a move to the Buccaneers, with the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers the only other two team shorter than 10/1, and their suspicions have been proven correct after Brady posted an image of him signing what is believed to be a two-year deal with Tampa on Instagram.
“Excited, humble and hungry,” Brady captioned the image. “If there is one thing I have learned about football, it’s that nobody cares what you did last year or the year before that… you earn the trust and respect of those around through your commitment every single day.
“I’m starting a new football journey and thankful for the @buccaneers for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do. I look forward to meeting all my new teammates and coaches and proving to them that they can believe and trust in me. I have always believed that well done is better than well said, so I’m not gonna say much more – I’m just gonna get to work!”
“Tom is a proven champion who has achieved greatness on the field because he demands the best out of himself and his teammates,” said general manager Jason Licht. “I’ve known Tom since we drafted him in New England 20 years ago and through this process it became very clear that his desire to be a champion burns as strong today as it ever has. He possesses the type of rare natural leadership qualities that will immediately impact our entire organisation.”
Tom Brady is officially a Tampa Bay Buccaneer!
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) March 20, 2020
The ‘desire to be a champion’ may still ‘burn’ within, but can he deliver glory to a franchise that has not won the NFC South since 2007 and has had just one winning season since going 10-6 in 2010?
The bookmakers certainly believe that the Buccaneers have more chance now than they did before completing the blockbuster swoop for Brady. bet365 has cut their Super Bowl Winner odds all the way into 16/1, where they are joined by the quarterback’s former employers New England, and that means they are joint fifth favourites behind the 6/1 Kansas City Chiefs, 7/1 Baltimore Ravens, 8/1 San Francisco 49ers and division rivals, the 11/1 New Orleans Saints.
Winning the NFC South for the first time in over a decade would be a strong start to the Brady Era in Tampa Bay and the Bucs are currently 2/1 second favourites behind the 4/5 Saints, while the bookmakers believe Tampa are joint third favourites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl this season, with odds of 8/1 pricing them behind 15/4 San Francisco and 5/1 New Orleans.