The Tom Brady Effect: Outgoing Leonard Fournette Stays In Tampa Bay For Tom Brady And $21 Million

Published 03/22/2022, 7:00 PM EDT

NFL franchise Tampa Bay Buccaneers are experiencing what can be termed as the ‘Tom Brady’ effect after recent developments. The franchise recently declared that they are re-signing running back Leonard Fournette to a three-year, $21 million deal. Fournette’s deal is estimated to be worth up to $24 million with $11 million guaranteed, with additional performance incentives.

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Jenna Laine, the Buccaneers RB visited Brady’s old stomping ground in the New England Patriots. While speculations are rife about Fournette using them to coax Tampa’s contract offer, it worked flawlessly.

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QB Tom Brady’s return has changed the fortunes of the Buccaneers franchise in a way that many fans were counting upon.

It also means the reunification of ‘Terrific Tom’ and ‘Lombardi Lenny‘, which will be an encouraging sight for the fans. The friendship began when he stepped up during their 2020 Super Bowl run while generating 812 rushing yards and 8 TDs on 180 carries.

During their injury-hit 2021 campaign, he was the driving force as he caught 69 passes for 454 yards and 2 TDs. The re-signing of Fournette was a crucial move for the franchise, which lacked players in his position.

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The Buccaneers franchise has changed their entire perspective on an NFL season that went from rebuild to reload mode. In the blink of an eye, even players like Chris Godwin feel changes because of Brady’s return. He senses his comeback only raises the expectations from getting to the playoffs to winning the Super Bowl.

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While Godwin admits to being ‘gassed up’, the franchise GM Jason Licht always had faith in his comeback. The franchise will be putting all their money in the Brady basket in their season of redemption in 2022.

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With the re-signing of Fournette, the focus will shift on switching their focus to filling all their roster holes. The Buccaneers‘ 2022 season is saved by Brady, who is the greatest QB to ever grace the football field. The NFL fans, in general, will be flocking to the stadiums to catch a glimpse of what could be Brady‘s final NFL season.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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