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Lavonte David: “Tom Brady saw what we had.”

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Color the Bucs’ veteran linebacker excited when it comes to the Bucs’ biggest move of the offseason.

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We recently saw/heard how Mike Evans feels about the Bucs’ addition of Tom Brady, now, Lavonte David is sharing his thoughts.

The Pro Bowl linebacker made a guest appearance on the Jim Rome Show earlier in the week and like Evans, he is very excited to have Brady on board.

“I was like, ‘Wow, it really happened.’ ” David said on the show. “We got one of the greatest players of all-time, (the) greatest quarterback of all-time—a six-time Super Bowl winner—coming in to help us get to that level.”

But what stood out to David more than anything is the fact that Brady saw a roster that was capable of helping him win a seventh Super Bowl.

“It’s amazing, you know? It just goes to show the type of team that he saw that we had (and he) can help us get to (a) championship and try to earn some of the rings that he has.”

Rome added to that point by mentioning that not only did Brady want to come to Tampa Bay, but the Bucs were enough to lure future Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski out retirement, as well.

“It just goes to show the type of team we have, what we’re building over here, and what people think of us. When people of that type of caliber want to come play with us and join our locker room, I mean, it’s amazing to have.”

The Bucs finished with a 7-9 record in 2019. Six of those nine losses were by a touchdown or less and the team committed a league-high 41 turnovers. Even with all the turnovers, they were still in most of the games they lost until the very end.

If you ask the Bucs, they aren’t far off from playoff contention.

In David’s words, the team has a “young nucleus” on both sides of the ball that includes players like Evans, Godwin, O.J. Howard, Ali Marpet, Ronald Jones II, Vita Vea, Devin White, Shaquil Barrett, and basically the entire secondary. The thought with Bruce Arians and co. is that they can get to the postseason if they can put the right pieces in the right places during the offseason.

That’s what helped lure Brady to Tampa Bay, and so far, it looks like the Bucs have added the right pieces for a hopeful playoff run.

The players have noticed, too. Soft-spoken leaders like Evans and David are publicly displaying their excitement, which is something we haven’t really seen from them over the years. It’s been intriguing to watch them speak out on the topic at hand and to see how they truly feel about the addition of Brady.

It’s an exciting time to be involved with the Bucs, that’s for sure, but no one is as excited as Brady’s new teammates and it’s showing.

The Brady Effect has struck again.


You can check out the entire interview below, courtesy of the Jim Rome Show: