Free agency brings hope to Buccaneers

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Lily Riopelle

Free agency brings hope to Buccaneers as Tom Brady signs with them.

Kate Caranante, Sports Editor

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had only five winning seasons since they won the Superbowl in 2002. Out of those five winning seasons, they have only made it to the playoffs twice, and never past the wildcard round.  

For the past five seasons, the Buccaneers have been quarterbacked by Jameis Winston, and not much has changed being that the only winning season of his career was in 2016. While Winston was competent in the beginning, his 2019 season where his touchdown to interception ratio was 1:1 caused his contract to not be resigned when he became a free agent 

This left the Buccaneers looking for a quarterback to sign during free agency 

Lucky for the Buccaneers six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady was a free agent. After 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, Brady did not want to stay in Boston any longer. On Friday, March 20 Brady signed a two-year, $50 million deal with the Buccaneers.  

With the arrival of Brady in Tampa, fans are hopeful that the veteran quarterback can lead the team to a successful season and playoff run. The Buccaneers have two pro-bowl wide receivers in Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, two very reliable tight ends in O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, along with a promising defense which will make Brady’s transition a lot easier.  

With an already talented team that was plagued by turnovers last season, Brady seems like the answer. Brady will also help in free agency as just the rumor of him potentially signing with the team had players calling the Buccaneers wanting a chance to play with the four-time Super Bowl MVP. With the potential for the team to add more big-name players, the expectations for next season keep getting higher.  

All the anticipation also has another effect on Tampa Bay as a whole. As a season ticket holder who attends many games a season it is not a secret that the stadium is barely half full most Sundays. In going to games it feels like the excitement has left Buccaneer football.  

In signing such a highly respected quarterback Raymond James Stadium is expected to be full every Sunday this fall. He will not only entice lifelong Buccaneer fans to come back check out the new offense, but he also brings in bandwagon fans who will travel just to see him play. As more people buy tickets, more jerseys are sold, and more people travel to Tampa he will also have an economic impact on the area.  

When the team takes the field for the first time in August the stands will be filled with fans wearing number 12 jerseys and hoping for a Super Bowl season.