Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March, and four months later, he is now finally stepping inside the team’s facility for the first time to prepare for the 2020 NFL season.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused the NFL to close team facilities for months and players haven’t been allowed back in the building since. Now, with training camp approaching, Brady can finally step inside his new building.
Brady arrived at Tampa Bay’s training facility on Thursday morning, pulling up to the security gate and being welcomed in. The future Hall of Famer made sure to put on his mask before walking inside.
Brady won’t see the practice field or even be allowed to hit the weight room yet. As part of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, he will be tested for the virus. He will not be allowed inside the main building until he tests negative for the coronavirus multiple times.
As of Thursday morning, the Buccaneers’ infectious disease emergency response plan is still being reviewed by the NFL Players Association. Until an NFL team’s IDER proposal is approved, they can’t have more than 20 players in the facility at one time.
Of course, Brady has already worked out with his new teammates this offseason. He started holding private practices in May and later defied the NFLPA by still holding group workouts amid the worsening pandemic.