Report: Tom Brady May Play in Tampa Bay — But It Really Doesn’t Matter Because There Won’t be an NFL Season This Year Due to the Coronavirus Plague

FILE PHOTO: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady waves as his daughter Vivian holds up a Lombardi trophy during a victory parade after winning Super Bowl LIII, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Colin Cowherd: “I was told 35 minutes ago that Tom Brady signs tomorrow with Tampa Bay. He had made a decision and talked to Tampa Bay yesterday. He was willing to re-sign with New England but he watched Stefon Diggs and DeAndre Hopkins go to other franchises and then called Robert Kraft an hour and a half later and said ‘I’M OUT’… I am told Tampa is the choice and he will sign tomorrow… This is not a ‘football source’, it is a ‘Icon source’, and somebody in Tom’s stratosphere that knows Tom, and who is a famous person. He says Tampa.”

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The future of the most famous free agent in NFL history appears to be nearing its climax as six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady officially told the New England Patriots on Tuesday morning that he will not be returning for his 21st season in Foxboro.

Colin Cowherd says he has a source close with Brady who told Colin that Brady has made a decision and will be signing with the Tampa Bay Bucs tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18th) when free agency officially begins at 4pm ET.

Although Tampa Bay has one of the better rosters in the league on paper when you consider their elite wide receiving corps, coupled with a budding front-seven that could be one of the best in football, their secondary has been absolute mess the past few seasons, and their offensive line yielded the most sacks in the league last year.

Their defense allowed the fewest rushing yards in the league by a wide margin, highlighted by linebacker Shaq Barrett leading the NFL in sacks, but also ranked third to last in passing yards allowed.

Linebacker Devin White and cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting both made the NFL All-Rookie Team last season.

Tampa Bay hasn’t made the playoffs since 2007, and hasn’t won a playoff game since they won Super Bowl XXXVII in January of 2003. Since they defeated the Oakland Raiders in that game, the franchise has gone an ugly 107-165.

Reports last week had been speculating that the Bucs were ‘All In’ on pursuing Brady in free agency, and the sportsbooks had have taken notice, with Tampa Bay emerging as the heavy betting favorite to land the quarterback legend, according to Fox Bet.

After Brady made his farewell to Patriots fans on Twitter, Fox Bet listed the Bucs at -175 to land Brady, with the Raiders the next closest team at +500.

The Chargers and Buccaneers have reportedly both made offers to Brady for $30 million per year.

The Buccaneers have long been rumored to be heavily involved in the sweepstakes for Brady as their relationship with former no. 1 pick Jameis Winston became more disillusioned as the notorious 2020 free agent quarterback market progressed.

Despite interest from the Chargers, Colts, Bears, Raiders, and Panthers, Tampa Bay could potentially offer Brady the most talented group of pass-catchers in the league, with All-Pro caliber wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin joining Pro Bowl caliber tight ends OJ Howard and Cameron Brate. Evans, 26, is only the second receiver in NFL history (Randy Moss) to amass six-straight 1,000-receiving yard seasons to begin his career.

Godwin, 24, made second-team All-Pro last season, and finished 3rd in the league in receiving yards despite missing the final two games with a hamstring injury.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has long been celebrated as a coaching maverick when it comes to the quarterback position and has worked with NFL greats the likes of Peyton ManningBen Roethlisberger, and Andrew Luck.

Despite Arians raving about Winston’s potential last off-season and saying he wanted to come out of retirement to work with a unique talent like Jameis, Arians has not put his arms around Winston off-season.

In December, Arians made comments saying the Bucs could win ‘with or without’ Jameis, and in February Arians said the team wanted to see ‘what was behind door number 2’ when it came to deciding who would be their starting quarterback in 2020.

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SOURCE: FOX Sports Radio, Wil Leitner