Free-agent pickups have made a difference for some champions

Long-term success is built through the draft, though teams can gain an edge toward winning a championship by supplementing their roster in free agency.  Look no further than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who signed Tom Brady last year. Brady led the Bucs to their second Super Bowl title and his seventh. Tampa coach Bruce Arians called Brady the “missing piece” for a team that had won seven games in 2019 and hadn’t reached the playoffs since 2007. Brady immediately instilled a winning mentality in his teammates upon his arrival in Tampa following 20 seasons with the New England Patriots.