LA Rams win now attracts another NFL star to roster: Odell Beckham Jr.

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The Tampa Bay template

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed veteran free-agent quarterback Tom Brady, the team was clearly investing in a win-now mindset.  When the Bucs signed Brady, they were signing up a quarterback who would turn 43 before the opening kickoff.  That was quite a leap of faith for the Buccaneers.

But it paid other dividends. Within weeks of his signing, Brady’s arrival at the Buccaneers prompted his former teammate tight-end, Rob Gronkowski, to come out of retirement to facilitate a trade from the New England Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Perhaps the move that places all of this into complete perspective is the addition of Antonio Brown to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster. Brown was a fallen NFL star who was considered to be a locker room distraction, a player whose off-field antics would detract more from the team than his performance on the football field would add to the team.

And yet, from the moment he joined the Buccaneers, he became a matchup nightmare for other teams. On a roster that already included great wide receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, the Bucs added Antonio Brown, a player who was that missing piece to their roster.

That was the last piece. After adding Brown, the already dominant offense became an offensive juggernaut. Defenses are simply not built well enough to withstand three receivers on the offensive side of the ball, each of whom can catch over 1000 yards in a given year.  That is something that other savvy teams sat up and noticed.