By Jaime Eisner
It feels surreal to say, but it looks like Tom Brady is going to suit up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. The no-doubt, first-ballot Hall of Famer has spent his entire illustrious, six-time Super Bowl-winning career with the New England Patriots. He’ll now shoot for No. 7 with a new team in a new conference.
This is a tremendous coup for the Buccaneers, but it’s also a great fit for Brady. Aside from brief stints, the offensive weapons around Brady in New England have been lacking, more often than not. He’s played behind strong offensive lines and got to enjoy the benefits of elite defensive play at times, but he’s never really had elite play-making wide receivers aside from Randy Moss for approximately 3.5 seasons. He did have a fellow future Hall of Famer at tight end in Rob Gronkowski, but no one would accuse New England of having an embarrassment of pass-catching riches throughout Brady’s tenure.
Now he heads to Tampa Bay with an offensively-minded head coach in Bruce Arians, two star wide receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and a talented-but-underperforming tight end in O.J. Howard. He’ll also get to play behind a line that graded out as Pro Football Focus’ No. 7 unit in 2019 (the Patriots ranked No. 10). All that is to say I expect a significant boost in fantasy value for Brady in 2020.