When Tom Brady joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there were plenty of people who were unsure about whether or not the Bucs signed the Brady that had dominated the league for the last 18 years, or if they signed the Brady that looked like an average quarterback throughout the 2019 season.

Part of the reason why people viewed Brady as average was because of how the then-six-time Super Bowl champ ended that season.

Or, rather, who ended it for him.

Brady’s final play as quarterback of the New England Patriots is the complete opposite of his career with the team. In case you forgot, Brady threw a pick-six to now-teammate Logan Ryan, whom Brady played with for four season before Ryan joined the Tennessee Titans.

Brady had an opt-out option with New England, which also fueled the speculation that he may be done for good.

And at the time, Ryan thought it was over, too.

“Yea, I thought I blew up the Death Star a little bit,” Ryan said on the most recent episode of NFL Network’s Good Morning Football. “I think the NFL was happy with that one. And then, Brady created a problem in Tampa Bay, now, and I’m part of it.

“So I take a lot of pride in that.”

Ryan will now help Brady possibly retire in a better way

As aforementioned, Brady and Ryan have reunited on the Buccaneers. And, Ryan has a shot to send Brady out in a much better fashion by helping him win his eighth Super Bowl ring.

Ryan should play a big role in the Buccaneers defense this year. The Buccaneers -specifically head coach Todd Bowles- loves to mix up his secondary and Ryan’s versatility will allow him to line up all over the field, which will subsequently help the Buccaneers defense when it comes to matchups.

“[They’re] great additions, obviously, for what Coach Bowles wants to do,” linebacker Lavonte David said back in May regarding Ryan and Keanu Neal. “Logan Ryan, who’s been a captain on several football teams that he’s been on. He’s a veteran in the game, won two Super Bowls with the Patriots, as well. It’s good to add pieces like that – more veteran guys to reach the younger guys. People that you can hang your hat on and people you can trust. They are definitely some great additions – take your hat off to the front office for that.”

The Buccaneers’ 2021 season ended after Matthew Stafford connected with Cooper Kupp on a deep pass that set up Matt Gay’s game-winning field goal, so hopefully with Ryan on hand, that won’t happen again.

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