What is a Buccaneer? A pirate. They like to plunder, and their loyalty is only to themselves. This is the perfect explanation for why Tampa Bay was willing to bring in Antonio Brown. Although he may be a presence that brings down the locker room, the Buccaneers feel the risk is worth it. Whether you agree or not, and you are on one side or the other, this will make or break their season.
In the offseason, Brady wanted to get AB on the Bucs. He asked for it when he signed there and was told no, but things have changed. Chris Godwin has missed multiple games with various injuries, and Mike Evans has been hampered all season. And O.J. Howard is out for the season on injured reserve. It also does not hurt that Brady is willing to allow him to reside at his house during his time in Tampa. The real question is, what can AB bring to the team in terms of weaponry?
Brown is undoubtedly one of the most talented receivers of the past decade. Possibly of all-time. At 32 years of age, he is also not past his prime. On the back end, for sure. But not past. In one game with New England last season, he showed what type of connection he could have with Brady having five catches in Week 1 before being released. Even during training camp with Oakland, in limited action, we saw how dominant he could be. Bringing this firepower and ability to a Buccaneers team who will only get better with the return of Godwin is almost unfair for opponents who have to try and cover them. Match this with a top-five defense and a stellar offensive line. This clearly makes Tampa Bay the odds-on favorites in the NFC.
Coming into the season, we were unsure what to make of the Buccaneers. Was everything going to work out for the best? Was the offensive line and defense going to get better? They absolutely did. Would the seemingly defenseless offense behind Brady live up to expectations? Or would they be the 2020 version of the 2019 Browns? Clearly, they have proved the former here as well. Now, the only decision we have left to make is simple. If the Buccaneers make the Super Bowl and somehow win. Is their season tainted by their addition of someone like AB to the team to get it done? History will say no. It is up to you and me to decide for ourselves. Either way, this move will be a determining factor one way or the other if they make it or not. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.