Tom Brady Becomes a Tampa Bay Buccaneer

Written by on March 20, 2020

Tom Brady, the one N.F.L. quarterback to win six Tremendous Bowls, is headed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After telling the New England Patriots, the one membership he has performed for in his 20-year profession, that he wouldn’t return to the group this week, Brady posted to Instagram an image of his signing a brand new contract with Tampa Bay.

“I’m beginning a brand new soccer journey and grateful for the @buccaneers for giving me a possibility to do what I like to do,” Brady wrote.

The cope with the 42-year outdated quarterback, which had been anticipated to be accomplished since experiences leaked Tuesday, was confirmed in a statement launched by the Buccaneers.

Brady can be paid a assured annual wage of $25 million for 2 years, with $4.5 million in incentives every year, in accordance with an individual with data of the quarterback’s plans who spoke on situation of anonymity and was not licensed to talk publicly. Brady, who restructured his contract several times to assist the Patriots keep under the wage cap, has not beforehand earned greater than $23 million in a single season.

“I’ve recognized Tom since we drafted him in New England 20 years in the past and thru this course of it grew to become very clear that his need to be a champion burns as sturdy at this time because it ever has,” stated Jason Licht, Tampa Bay’s common supervisor. Licht was a scout for the Patriots when the group drafted Brady in 2000.

The deal is by far essentially the most momentous of an already busy off-season through which a number of groups, together with the Chargers, Colts and Panthers, have sought new quarterbacks. However with six rings and no need to decelerate, Brady is well the largest acquisition within the Tampa Bay franchise’s 44-year historical past.

Brady, who turns 43 in August, can be out to point out that he can lead a group not overseen by Invoice Belichick, his solely head coach within the execs. In a league with a wage cap that limits how a lot every groups can spend on its whole roster, Brady has a number of instances averted the free company market and took much less cash to stay in New England earlier than getting into free company this season.

For months, Brady was requested whether or not he would end his profession with the Patriots, an final result that regarded much less and fewer possible because the 2019 season went on. Brady stated a number of instances final yr that he needed to return to New England, however Belichick would not give a firm commitment.

A number of groups have been considered searching for Brady, together with the Los Angeles Chargers, who want to interchange Philip Rivers, their longtime quarterback. Rivers has reportedly agreed to a one-year cope with the Indianapolis Colts.

The Buccaneers joined the hunt for Brady after showing to have misplaced persistence with quarterback Jameis Winston, who’s an unrestricted free agent. Their head coach, Bruce Arians, is taken into account an offensive mastermind, having led high-powered offenses in Pittsburgh and Arizona. He was additionally Peyton Manning’s quarterback coach in Indianpolis. Final season, Arians’s first with Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers had the third-best offense within the N.F.L., averaging practically 400 yards a sport. Vast receiver Chris Godwin averaged 95 receiving yards per sport, the second most within the league.

Profitable second acts are onerous, although. Solely a handful of marquee quarterbacks have left their longtime groups and received Tremendous Bowl titles elsewhere.

Joe Montana led the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs to the A.F.C. championship sport within the 1994 playoffs after profitable 4 Tremendous Bowls in 14 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Brett Favre took the Minnesota Vikings to the N.F.C. championship sport 10 years in the past after profitable one Tremendous Bowl trophy in 16 seasons with the Inexperienced Bay Packers. Peyton Manning received one Tremendous Bowl in 13 years with the Indianapolis Colts, then a second title in his fourth and last yr with the Denver Broncos.

No matter how Brady performs in a brand new uniform, his legacy is established. Along with the six championships, 9 Tremendous Bowl appearances and 17 division titles, Brady has thrown for 74,571 yards and 541 touchdowns, trailing solely Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints in each classes.

Attention will be heaped on Tampa Bay, which is able to host the Tremendous Bowl subsequent February. The group has had just one profitable season prior to now decade, and has not certified for the postseason since 2007. The Buccaneers haven’t received a playoff sport because the 2002 season, when the group claimed its solely Tremendous Bowl championship.

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