He was the one who enticed the players who joined him on their run to Super Bowl LV.
When he retired, it was like doomsday struck the franchise.
With no dependable alternatives at quarterback, Tampa Bay’s top players who were about to become free agents were likely thinking about signing elsewhere.
But as soon as Brady announced his return, the Buccaneers turned from collapse to contention.
The captain is back and the crew is ready to report, as NFL reporter Dov Kleiman tweeted.
GM Brady brought Ryan Jensen back, he's not done.
Impact on and off the field. pic.twitter.com/Fkvlhh2qQ2
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 14, 2022
Kleiman said, “Tom Brady is back so Leonard @_fournette “farewell” post to the #Bucs is now deleted from his account. GM Brady brought Ryan Jensen back, and he’s not done. Impact on and off the field.”
Jensen signed a three-year, $39 million deal not long after Brady announced his return.
Fournette’s recent actions might dictate that it won’t be long before he signs an extension as well.
That’s why he did not hesitate in deleting his Instagram post which said, “They could never say I didn’t give it my all every time I suited up, didn’t really have time to reflect on the season but I’m thankful appreciate my teammates, coaches, family, fans for everything #PlayoffLenny.”
Fournette And The Buccaneers Are Back
Obviously, Brady alone couldn’t make the Buccaneers competitive.
Therefore, he needs the pieces around him back, especially Fournette in the backfield.
Last season, the former LSU standout had 812 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
The 27-year-old running back also added two touchdowns during the playoffs.
Fournette signed a one-year, $3.25 million deal last year and his 2022 contract might not be far off from those numbers.