The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have addressed their starting quarterback situation in the boldest way possible, signing the player commonly referred to as the “greatest of all time:” Tom Brady.
Brady, who tested the free agent market for the first time in his career after 20 historic seasons in New England, signed a multi-year contract with the Buccaneers, the team announced on Friday. Tampa Bay’s addition of the three-time NFL MVP is an indication that team architects believe the rest of the roster is already strong enough to compete for a Super Bowl title and are going all-in in that pursuit. Brady has known nothing but winning in his two decades in the NFL, including six Super Bowl championships, 17 division titles and an NFL record 219 victories as a starter.
Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht, who was a member of the Patriots’ scouting staff when Brady was drafted in 2000, stressed the quarterback’s unmatched track record of success and his undiminished desire for even more titles.
“Tom is a proven champion who has achieved greatness on the field because he demands the best out of himself and his teammates,” said 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 organization.”
The argument for Brady as the all-time NFL G.O.A.T. is built on those MVP awards and Super Bowl rings, as well as 14 Pro Bowl selections, two Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year awards, 541 touchdown passes and nearly 75,000 passing yards. Heading into 2020 and his new home in Tampa, Brady is second in NFL history in both of those categories, just behind contemporary Drew Brees. Brady is also the all-time postseason leader in most passing categories, including attempts (1,626), completions (1,025), passing yards (11,388), touchdown passes (73), game-winning drives (13) and fourth-quarterback comebacks (nine). His 73 playoff scoring passes are 28 more than the second player on the list, Hall of Famer Joe Montana.