Brady has finalized an agreement to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a deal worth roughly $30 million per year, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed.
Brady’s big move down south comes after a whirlwind day of speculation. Brady announced early Tuesday morning that he would not return to the Patriots in 2020 but a verbal decision on where the QB would land was not expected until Wednesday at the earliest.
The Chargers and Bucs immediately became the two most likely destinations for Brady after the Tennessee Titans extended Ryan Tannehill on Sunday and Brady made his league-shattering announcement on Tuesday morning. After all, Los Angeles had let Philip Rivers walk into free agency and into an Indianapolis Colts uniform this offseason, while Tampa Bay had played coy about its attachment to impending free agent Jameis Winston since the combine.
Around 6 p.m. ET, NFL Network’s Jim Trotter reported the Chargers believed they were out of the running for Brady, whose priority was to stay on the east coast because of family considerations. Just minutes later, Brady had an agreement in principle with the Bucs.
And so begins Brady’s second act, 21 seasons into his storied career.
A six-time Super Bowl champion, 14-time Pro Bowler, three-time first-team All-Pro and three-time MVP with the Patriots, Brady is joining, in Tampa Bay, an outfit that has not made the playoffs since 2007. The difference in winning culture between New England and Tampa Bay could not be more stark, but it’s one Bucs brass is hoping Brady can mitigate immediately.
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SOURCE: NFL, Jeremy Bergman