Tom Brady brings credibility to long-suffering Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady has already made the Tampa Bay Buccaneers relevant again.
After signing with them in free agency two months ago, the interest in a long moribund franchise shot through the proverbial roof. When the NFL announced its schedule on Thursday night, Tampa Bay had five prime-time games, the most of any franchise.
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The six-time Super Bowl champion comes to Tampa after 20 years with the New England Patriots. After decades of success, the supporting cast was beginning to erode quickly. Brady wisely moved on for a new challenge in the twilight of his career, getting two star receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Evans, one of the league’s most underrated stars, spoke to Buccaneers beat writer Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times and expressed what Brady’s arrival means to him:
..The opportunity to get Tom Brady. Like, that’s Tom Brady, bro. Like that’s the greatest of all-time. He’s franchise changer. Like he’s about to change the franchise. Like, ticket sales are going through the roof, like prime time games. And he understands the game of football to nobody else understands that level besides the greats and it’s going to be great to work with him, you understand what I’m saying. The young receiving corps we got, the tight ends we’ve got, we’ve got Gronk coming in…it’s going to be great for the city. And it’s going to be just great overall. Hopefully we have a great season, everybody stays healthy and it pans out the way we want.”