An added perk of bringing in the greatest quarterback of all time? Talent attracts more talent.
That's apparently what's happening to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are finalizing terms to sign quarterback Tom Brady in free agency.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, a host of players have contacted the Bucs to express interest in playing with Brady in Tampa Bay.
Since word surfaced that Tom Brady is expected to land in Tampa, an unexpected high number of players have reached out to the Buccaneers to let them know they want to join the former Patriots’ QB there, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2020
As Schefter points out, Brady is having the NFL's equivalent of the "LeBron effect:" Wherever NBA superstar LeBron James goes, more talented veterans usually follow. (The most obvious example is the superteam he formed on the Heat; Celtics fans well remember Ray Allen ditching Boston to join James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.)
Allow Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter to explain:
Brady isn't exactly LeBron in his prime: The QB will turn 43 in August and is coming off one of the worst statistical seasons of his career in New England.
But the Bucs boast potent offensive weapons -- Randy Moss and Wes Welker 2.0, anyone? -- and a talented defense and already have vaulted ahead of the Patriots in odds to win Super Bowl LV with a six-time Super Bowl champion set to lead their offense.
We already know one free agent who likely will be knocking on Tampa Bay's door -- ex-Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown hasn't been shy about wanting to reunite with Brady -- and there have been rumblings about a Todd Gurley trade, as well.
There still are several prominent free agents on the market (Emmanuel Sanders, Robby Anderson and Nelson Agholor, to name a few), so don't be surprised if "LeBron" Brady helps the suddenly wealthy Bucs get wealthier.