With the Bucs, Tom Brady has taken on extra of a recruiting position than he ever did in New England. The addition of Julio Jones is simply one other instance of that.
Since Brady arrived in Tampa Bay two and a half years in the past, the variety of gamers he has helped to herald is staggering. It began with luring Rob Gronkowski out of retirement. However the Corridor of Fame quarterback has additionally been a part of the rationale the likes of Leonard Fournette, Antonio Brown, Russell Gage, Kyle Rudolph, Logan Ryan, Richard Sherman, Akiem Hicks and extra have joined the Bucs’ roster through the years.
With a gifted roster already assembled, the addition of Brady made the Bucs an instantaneous Tremendous Bowl contender. The possibility to compete for a championship and to play with the G.O.A.T. is a robust lure for veterans. Normal supervisor Jason Licht spoke about Brady’s position within the recruitment course of final week.
“If I’m excited about a participant or we’re as a workers, I’ll give him a name and see if he may help us out and he’s all the time keen to do it,” Licht stated. “We’re often on the identical web page with (what gamers we wish to herald). We didn’t should kick too many weeds to seek out out about Julio Jones. We’ve identified about him awhile, and Kyle Rudolph was one of the best tight finish that was obtainable. However, we’re often on the identical web page. We’ve got a whole lot of communication – so does Todd [Bowles] and Tom [Brady] and myself. We discuss lots about gamers.”
Brady Defers Credit score For Profitable Recruiting Efforts To Others
Brady spoke to the media after Monday’s apply and modestly directed consideration again to the workforce. As a substitute of taking any credit score for recruiting free brokers, he gave it to the group and his teammates round him.
“Naturally, I’m an older participant and I’ve been very lucky to know a whole lot of guys,” Brady stated. “Guys select this workforce due to the workforce, not due to me. We’ve got an amazing group, nice teammates and I feel persons are excited to come back be a part of an amazing group of individuals and nice group of males. It’s by no means about one particular person, this isn’t ever what this sport is about. It’s an final workforce sport. I really like taking part in with gamers which are skilled, gamers that wish to work onerous and gamers that put their workforce first.”
Whether or not Brady needs to confess it or not, his presence on the roster isn’t just a motive why many gamers have chosen to play for Tampa Bay – it’s additionally been a motive gamers have remained right here as effectively.