The greatest quarterback of all time is coming to Tampa Bay, and the Buccaneers gain is a major loss for Patriots nation. Brady made the deal official on Friday morning from his home. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the contract is for two years and a guaranteed $50 million, with up to another $9 million in incentives. The sure-fire Hall of Famer was excited to share the news and begin the next chapter of his storied career.
Brady had announced on social media Tuesday that after an NFL record 20 seasons with one team, his time in Foxborough had come to an end.
A team-first guy and leader both on the field, off the field, and in the community, Brady went on to thank all those in the organization who had a hand in his success.
During his tenure with the Patriots, Brady guided New England to a record nine Super Bowl appearances, six Lombardi trophies, earned Super Bowl MVP four times, league MVP an impressive three times, and was a fourteen time All-Pro selection.
Brady, a sixth-round draft pick, (#199 overall) out of Michigan, has proved the naysayers wrong throughout his career. He has recorded over 75,000 yards passing, 541 touchdowns, and just 179 interceptions. His signing brings an instant leader in the locker room, with a wealth of big-game experience.
Touchdown Tommy replaces Jameis Winston who led the league with 5,109 yards passing and was second in the NFL with 33 touchdowns. Winston's inconsistency and league-leading 30 interceptions were his demise. Brady will have plenty of weapons on the offensive side of the ball with 1,000 yard wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin as well as tight ends O.J. Howard (the Buccaneers first-round draft pick in 2017) and Cameron Brate.
Head Coach Bruce Arians has a history of success and getting the most out of his quarterbacks. That combined with the offensive prowess and gorgeous weather in Tampa Bay lured Brady to the area.
Can the Buccaneers draft an offensive tackle in the first round to help protect the 42-year-old quarterback? Will they upgrade at the running back position in rounds two or three?
The answers to these questions and the success of Brady in the Bay area could find the Buccaneers playing their best football since their Super Bowl XXXVII victory in 2003.