Tom Brady signing with Tampa Bay is... kinda sad

Ryan Hannable
March 17, 2020 - 8:16 pm
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Tom Brady is leaving New England for Tampa Bay.

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Yes, Tampa freaking Bay. 

According to multiple reports, Brady is going to be a member of the Buccaneers after leaving the Patriots following 20 seasons, and it’s kinda sad.

It’s sad on a number of levels. 

For starters, it’s sad that Brady has to finish his career in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers aren’t exactly a notable NFL team, and Tampa Bay isn’t one of the most recognizable cities in the country. It hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2007 season and hasn’t won a playoff game since the 2002 season.

Sure, wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin along with a pass-happy, laid back coach in Bruce Arians are appealing, but is this what Brady envisioned as the end result at some point in the last couple of months when he decided he was going to explore free agency?

This is what brings us to something even sadder.

Yes he’s going to be 43 years old, but Brady, the best quarterback in the history of the NFL, six-time Super Bowl champion, 14-time Pro Bowler, only got two offers as a free agent — the Buccaneers and Chargers. 

Two.

Think about that. Only two of the 32 teams in the league really wanted him.

How does that sit with him? It can’t make him feel all that great.

While it’s a different sport, Brady likely had visions of LeBron James and Kevin Durant when they were free agents and the entire league was making their pitches to get them on their team. That could not have been anything further from what happened.

Brady decided he was done with Bill Belichick and the Patriots and that he was going to move on, except Brady did not have many options. 

His hometown team in San Francisco did not want him. His good friend in Mike Vrabel did not want him in Tennessee and instead went with Ryan Tannehill, who has just two winning seasons to his name. Indianapolis is going with Philip Rivers, who is only four years younger than Brady and has just two playoff wins since 2008.

That has to be a kick to the gut. 

Three highly notable teams that he likely would have considered passed over him for quarterbacks he’s better than. Not to mention, the team he’s spent 20 years with and helped win six Super Bowls allowed him to walk away without any attempt to keep him around.

Ouch.

And the saddest thing of all… still aligning himself with Antonio Brown.

Multiple reports have emerged that the troubled wide receiver is a name to keep an eye on when it comes to potentially joining Brady in Tampa. 

Even with all his legal troubles and off-field antics over the last year, Brady has continued to support him. From likes and comments on Instagram, behind the scenes pouting following his release from the Patriots, to even maybe meeting up with him when he was in South Florida for the Super Bowl, Brady has continued to connect himself to Brown.

What is he doing?

A lot would need to happen for Brown to even get back on the field, but does Brady really want his last memory in the NFL to be playing in Tampa with Brown? 

What would that be?

Sad.

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