When the greatest player of all time comes back from retirement it easily makes the team better.
Tom Brady announced his retirement in the 2022 offseason, and a mere 40 days later announced his comeback for another season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Super Bowl odds for Tampa Bay once Brady retired ranged from +3,300 to +2,000. When TB12 announced his comeback odds climbed anywhere from +800 to +600 on different sites.
Brady is the GOAT for a reason, and the seven rings speak for themselves, but let’s assess what this did for the Bucs.
Tampa Bay desperately searched for a quarterback, rumors of DeShaun Watson, Jimmy Garoppolo and any other solid QB all linked to the Bucs, and it ended with Brady coming back.
This did not answer all of Tampa Bay’s questions as the defense could be improved but having Brady at the helm makes any team more dangerous. Pair Brady with two great wideouts like Chris Godwin and Mike Evans and there is a dynamic trio of a passing attack.
Ronald Jones departed in free agency, but Tampa Bay can rely on the plethora of backs it used in the 2021 season or potentially draft a backup to Fournette.
The addition of Russell Gage helps the receiving core as well but not nearly as much as Tom Brady does.
In 2021, Brady threw for 5,316 yards, 43 touchdowns and posted a 102. 1 QB rating in his age 43 season.
While this does not count as a move because he retired then came back, this helped Tampa Bay significantly more than any signing would.
Simply put, the GOAT coming back makes Tampa Bay better, and if he went anywhere else, he’d make them better too.