Improve or regress. No  NFL  franchise remains static from year to year.   The league is in constant turmoil thanks to a hard salary cap, free agency, the draft and further player movement…

Improve or regress. No NFL franchise remains static from year to year. The league is in constant turmoil thanks to a hard salary cap, free agency, the draft and further player movement…

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How could this year’s No. 1 spot possibly belong to anyone else?
Tom Brady brings instant credibilityboth on and off the fieldto the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization.
The Buccaneers are now considered contenders, which is no small feat since the team hasn’t made the postseason since the 2007 campaign.
Brady is a living, breathing legend. While his six Super Bowl championships, four Super Bowl MVPs, three NFL MVP awards and 14 Pro Bowls don’t transfer from New England to Tampa Bay, the mentality the 42-year-old signal-caller brings certainly does.
“Doing whatever I can to help younger players evolve as people and players matters a lot to me,” Brady wrote in an open letter on The Players’ Tribune. “I’ve learned so much during my 20 years in New Englandand I want to bring those things to a new team.
“Right now, though, I have things to prove to myself.”
Is Brady the same quarterback today he was just a few years ago? Of course not. That’s OK. He doesn’t need to be with the supporting cast the Buccaneers have in place.
But the future Hall of Famer’s ferocious competitive spirit, understanding of the game and willingness to make everyone better should lift the franchise beyond its previous standing.
“I’ve never been around somebody in the huddle where you just knewyou just knew there was no way we were gonna lose,” former teammate Damien Woody told ESPN’s Jenna Laine. “He was so prepared. His drive, his will to winit was [Michael] Jordan-like.”

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