Philadelphia Eagles legend Donovan McNabb thinks Tom Brady can have the best three years of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brady left the New England Patriots last month after two decades in Foxborough to join the Buccs.
The 43-year-old won six Super Bowls with the Patriots in an illustrious career that saw him establish himself as one of the greatest players to ever play the game.
The quarterback shocked many, including McNabb, when he joined Tampa Bay but thinks he can have a lot of fun in Florida.
He told talkSPORT: “It was one that was shocking. I didn’t expect that. I looked at it, especially as a free agent landing spot for Tom, I thought the key factors would be a team that just was maybe one or two pieces away and I didn’t think the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were in that category.
“Understanding Bruce Arians and his relationship with quarterbacks across the league and the respect that he has received, I understand it.
“Tom just wanted to get away from New England and establish himself where we can just focus on Tom and not the Tom and Belichick relationship.
“Who knows if it will be one or two or three years? But this will be I think, if he is able to stay there three years, the best three years of his career. Even though he has won six Super Bowls and lots of AFC Championships.
“You get a chance to see different things, your family starts to get comfortable. The weather is always good in Florida. He will probably spend some more time on the beaches with his kids and wife. He will just enjoy and revel in this moment.”
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McNabb also thinks it may take Brady a little bit of time to adapt to Tampa Bay as the head coach does things a little differently to Bill Belichick.
He said: “Bruce Arians has a different type of approach. He loves to get the ball downfield. For Tom, this will be a chance for him to showcase his arm strength at 43 years of age. For all of us 43-year-olds we still have that arm strength, we may not have the lower body and legs but we can still get the ball downfield.
“He has some valuable wide receivers and tight ends too. At least from a weapons stand point, he’s coming in and has help. The offensive line they will have to shore up and we will have to see how they bounce things off of each other, in terms of Tom Brady and Bruce Arians.
“Bruce will now take a step back and go over some things the Patriots did that made Tom successful and then add some wrinkles of his own. It will be interesting this year.”
McNabb was a quarterback taken second overall in the 1999 NFL draft and went on to become a legend for the Eagles.
He led them to five NFC Championship games and to Super Bowl 39, where they lost to Brady’s Patriots.
There are plenty of quarterbacks in the 2020 draft predicted to be selected early and McNabb explained what expectations that brings.
He said: “It’s going to be a lot of pressure. If you’re an early first round draft pick you are expected to make multiple Pro Bowls. You are expected to lead your team to play-offs. There is no excuses after a couple of years.
“Some teams are patient because they really like the kid but if you’re not getting the job done that’s usually when they are looking in another direction.
“It will be interesting to see what happens with this draft class as there is a lot going on.
“Joe Burrow, one year of an outstanding season. Justin Herbert, PAC 12 quarterbacks haven’t had success of late but he has all the measurables. Tua (Tagovailoa), a guy who has had injuries but is a winner. You can’t pass up on that. Jordan Love coming up out of nowhere, talented arm and is able to pick up yards with his legs.”