Tom Brady is formally a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the longer term Corridor of Fame quarterback will proceed to rock the identical jersey quantity that he wore in New England. 

On Tuesday, the Buccaneers introduced that Brady will put on No. 12 for the 2020 season, his first with the franchise. Brady accepted receiver Chris Godwin’s provide to modify numbers. Godwin, a Professional Bowler for the primary time in 2019, will change to No. 14 for the 2020 season. Godwin instructed the group’s web site that there no transaction happened between himself and Brady in change for the quantity, with Godwin expressing his respect for Brady as the rationale why he wished to present the six-time Tremendous Bowl champion his outdated quantity. 

The 24-year-old cross catcher sported the quantity for all three of his seasons within the NFL and courting again to his faculty days at Penn State. As soon as phrase bought out that Brady was heading all the way down to Florida to hitch forces with Godwin and the Bucs, he admitted to the official group web site that he is been requested fairly a bit whether or not or not he’ll give up the No. 12 to his new quarterback. 

“My telephone has been blowing up during the last 24 hours on Twitter, Instagram, telephone calls, textual content messages of individuals simply asking me that very same query,” Godwin stated on the time. “I feel will probably be very fascinating no matter occurs. We have not talked about it. We talked briefly, however hadn’t talked about that in any respect. Clearly, if he would not need it or is not making an enormous deal about it, I am positively going to maintain it. However we’ll see how that goes. 

“I feel simply out of respect for what he is achieved, what he is completed and simply type of the for the profession he is constructed for himself. You have to type of lean into that respect, ? We’ll see. We’ll see the way it goes.”

That is hardly the primary time that NFL gamers have mentioned swapping numbers. Sometimes, if a veteran needs a particular quantity that’s presently taken by somebody on his new group, there may be some kind of negotiation the place he can primarily purchase it. And whereas he did not ask for something in return for giving up the No. 12, per Buccaneers group reporter Casey Phillips, Godwin feels that having the chance to play with arguably the best quarterback of all-time is all of the compensation he wants. 

“He simply reached out to me simply saying he was excited to return down and play collectively,” Godwin stated of a current dialog with Brady. “I echo that sentiment. Being a man that is watched him my complete profession, getting the chance to play with him is a blessing and I’ll attempt to take full benefit of that.”  

The presence of Godwin, who caught 86 passes for 1,333 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2019, and fellow star receiver Mike Evans have been undoubtedly key the explanation why Brady elected to ink a cope with Tampa. No matter what quantity everyone seems to be carrying, this unit guarantees to place up some fairly stellar numbers on the sphere over the subsequent couple of years.