Tom Brady officially signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today. The six-time champion revealed this new today at his Instagram account, completing one of the biggest transfers in the NFL history.
The deal is for two years and is $50 million, all guaranteed, with $9 million in incentives, divided equally. The contract strictly forbids any tags and trades from Bucs’ side, which suggests that the quarterback intends to play beyond these two seasons.
Brady and the franchise from Florida didn’t have any troubles right from the start of the negotiations, and the only thing that slowed down this deal was performing a physical, because there were some issues with finding a suitable doctor at the moment.
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Excited, humble and hungry …if there is one thing I have learned about football, it’s that nobody cares what you did last year or the year before that…you earn the trust and respect of those around through your commitment every single day. I’m starting a new football journey and thankful for the @buccaneers for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do. I look forward to meeting all my new teammates and coaches and proving to them that they can believe and trust in me…I have always believed that well done is better than well said, so I’m not gonna say much more – I’m just gonna get to work! #Year1 p.s. Jack Brady with the photocred 😀
But as soon as this matter was taken care of, the two parties made the move official. Brady stated that he feels excited, and that he can’t wait for the season to start. Also, the three-time NFL MVP apparently erased all the past, and solely focuses on future challenges.
“Excited, humble and hungry … if there is one thing I have learned about football, it’s that nobody cares what you did last year or the year before that,” he wrote.
Eyes of the entire sports world were on Tampa and Brady over the last few days. Since the moment he revealed the intention to leave the Patriots, the hype about his new team began. There were numerous speculations, which included the LA Chargers, Chicago Bears, and several other organizations.
At first, the Chargers were the No.1 candidate to land Brady, who was born and raised in California. Everything pointed in that direction, but suddenly, the news broke out that the Bucs have an edge in this situation. The heads of this franchise were aware that they have to use the fact that the next Super Bowl takes place at their Raymond James stadium. It might have been a big reason why Brady took the offer in the first place. The Bucs will push hard this season to become the first team in history to reach the SB, which takes place at their turf.
“He is a proven winner who will provide the leadership, accountability and work ethic necessary to lead us to our goal of winning another championship,” said Bucs’ head coach Bruce Arians.
After hearing that one of the best players of all time is joining Tampa Bay, many other players allegedly approached the franchise declaring themselves ready to lower financial demands only to be able to play alongside Brady and attack the Vince Lombardy trophy.
Bucs already adding protection for new QB Tom Brady: Tampa Bay just reaches agreement with former Colts’ OT Joe Haeg, per source.
Free agents flocking to Tampa begins.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 20, 2020
The first results of this could be seen moments after Brady’s move to Bucs became official. The team signed OT Joe Haeg, the former Indianapolis Colts member who spent his first four seasons there. Haeg, the 26-year old is a player who can cover multiple positions in the offensive line. Having in mind that Tampa has several players in OL who are free agents, it is possible that the team didn’t want to risk anything but immediately started providing backup solutions.
Recently, the rumor appeared that Antonio Brown might be tempted to join Brady, who once mentioned that he would like to play alongside the controversial wide receiver. The Bucs have enough money in the cap space for this move, which would no doubt pay off pretty soon when talking about the financial aspect of the story.
Now, regarding his form and shape, nobody knows how’s AB doing at the moment, but if he goes through training camp, we just might see something nobody could expect a few months ago.
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