All signs are pointing to Tom Brady signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for $30 million per season with an announcement coming as early as Wednesday afternoon. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has several of the details.
Dale Arnold of NESN reports the deal is done sending Brady to the Bucs:
Brady Informs Patriots He Won’t Be Back
Brady informed the New England Patriots he wouldn’t be returning for his 21st season with the team on Monday night, and he made it official with an announcement on Tuesday morning. Brady spent 20 seasons with the Patriots, and he has won six Super Bowls and three league MVPs with the team.
The Chargers Believe They are Out of the Running for Brady
The Los Angeles Chargers believed they were in the running for Brady’s services after parting ways with their own long-time signal-caller Philip Rivers, who just inked a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts.
However, news broke on Tuesday afternoon that wasn’t positive for the Chargers’ chances to land Brady.
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Even EA’s Madden NFL Football is Placing Brady in a Bucs Uniform
EA’s NFL football game has worked quickly to give a short preview of what Brady will look like in their game and on the field later this year.
It seems the world is coming to grips with the concept of Brady in Tampa.
Why the Bucs?
There are several reasons the Bucs are reportedly Brady’s landing spot. The team has a veteran head coach who has a good relationship and admiration for Brady in Bruce Arians:
The team also has a good number of weapons in the passing game in Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and tight end OJ Howard. Some wonder if the team will add others, such as free-agent running back Melvin Gordon, and talented NFL-castoff Antonio Brown:
The other factor, and quite possibly the biggest one, is Brady’s desire to stay as close to home as possible. He wanted to remain on the east coast, and while Tampa is obviously a good deal southeast of Boston, it is still in the same time zone:
The Bucs were 7-9 last season with the mercurial Jameis Winston under center. Winston has an excellent arm and big-play potential, but he’s not known for his decision making on or off the field. Brady will come in with a polar opposite reputation and resume. Will it equate to more wins and even more postseason glory for Brady? We’ll find out this fall, or whenever the NFL can start its season.