No one gave the team a chance after he announced his retirement after 22 seasons.
Worst yet, there was a possibility that the top talent on the team would play elsewhere.
However, the seven-time Super Bowl champion ended his retirement to play out the final year in his contract.
As soon as he announced his return, the Buccaneers’ status quickly went from cellar-dweller to contender.
More importantly, the team found a way to re-sign their starters, especially wide receiver Chris Godwin who agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal.
But Brady isn’t done subtly recruiting players even if it’s against his former team, the New England Patriots.
Bucs agreed to terms last night after Fournette visited with the Patriots https://t.co/QxbUJSnSbF
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) March 22, 2022
Tampa Bay Times writer Rick Stroud tweeted, “#Bucs are re-signing RB Leonard Fournette to a 3 year, $21 million deal. Could earn as much as $24 million. Tom Brady has his RB1 back again.”
Stroud added, “Bucs agreed to terms last night after Fournette visited with the Patriots.”
The Buccaneers realized that they cannot let a 27-year-old running back with 812 rushing yards and eight touchdowns join another team.
Luckily, they had an ace up their sleeve in Brady, making the re-signing an easy choice.
Beefing Up The Buccaneers’ Offensive Line
Tampa Bay must deal with the loss of both Marpet and Cappa because they’ve been instrumental during the team’s Super Bowl LV run.
That said, they traded for Shaq Mason in exchange for their fifth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Once again, Brady took someone from the Patriots to the Buccaneers.