There is a lot going on in this season’s free agency showcase. With the main character being the Green Bay Packers (the Pack/Packers/cheeseheads), numerous players on free agent status, and Devante Adams refusing a franchise tag, what could go wrong for the Pack?
However, this subject is for another time as this free agency has brought not only moves from cheeseheads, but it also brought us a goat as well. Tom Brady has decided to make a U-turn on his retirement, going all the way up to 5th gear, and driving straight back to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
How he announced the U-turn
Tom Brady (TB12) is making a comeback to participate in his 23rd season and at the ripe old age of 44 – but he will be turning 45 years old during the season. We all thought his retirement was set, however it turns out it was a Cody Parkey double doink.
But, who could blame us for thinking so?
Brady has been hugely successful in the NFL with five Super Bowl MVP (most valuable player) awards, three league MVP awards and, let’s not forget, a small seven Super Bowl wins to his name. He has six with the New England Patriots and one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Bucs), and he is looking to make it two. Brady also holds pretty much all the passing records that have ever existed – including most passing yards and passing touchdowns.
Brady announced his unretirement in a tweet saying: “These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFG”.
General Manager Jason Licht practically predicted the return of TB12 at the NFL Scouting Combine, saying that he would always “leave the light on” for a potential Brady return. Brady is not the only goat to retire and then come back to the sport; that other goat was, of course, Bulls legend, Michael Jordan.
Is TB12 still elite level?
The announcement came swiftly after Tom Brady watched the 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo play at Old Trafford. He may have got some inspiration when the two met on the field after the match. We can’t say for sure what they said to each other, but I think there was some conversations that heavily influenced Brady to return.
Let’s be honest here: anybody who follows any kind of intense physical sport like American Football would not think a player would survive until 45, let alone still play at the highest level. Brady has come off of one of the most productive seasons of his career with the veteran throwing for 5,316 yards and 43 touchdowns. He is looking in the best shape of his life and he is not slowing down anytime soon.
What does this mean for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
Does Brady’s return give the Bucs a chance on making another run? With Tom Brady anything is possible. The National Football Conference (NFC) is looking very weak at this present moment with Aaron Rodgers’ lead Packers falling apart. The road to the Super Bowl is looking ever so easy to navigate. I cannot see why the Bucs won’t make it to the Super Bowl this year – the great Russell Wilson is not even in the conference anymore. Seattle were not a threat anyway, but it still shows how much weaker the NFC is getting.
It’s almost as if the NFC has made a red carpet for Brady to make his triumphant return. Even though the Bucs lost to the LA Rams last season, Brady led a huge comeback to tie the game from 27-3 to 27-27, and the Bucs could have been the back-to-back Super Bowl champions that many predicted would happen. Whatever the case, the Bucs are looking like a threat again and they could be Super Bowl champions once more.
The coming season…
This coming season is looking to be an interesting one with free agency coming up and the draft around the corner, we are looking at a season that could be as wild and unpredictable as the last.