Just hours after announcing he would not be back with the New England Patriots, quarterback Tom Brady found a new home. Brady has finalized an agreement to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a deal worth roughly $30 million per year for two seasons.
In joining Tampa Bay, Brady takes on a lead role with a team that has not made the playoffs since 2007. However, as 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 confident he can turn those fortunes around. He inherits the third-ranked total and scoring offense from 2019 with weapons he hasn't seen in New England for some time. Tampa Bay is returning two 1,000-yard receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, two pass-catching tight ends in O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate and a rising running back in Ronald Jones.
According to the NFL Network, one of the conditions of Brady signing with the Buccaneers was the ability to bring receiver Antonio Brown with him. According to an ESPN report earlier this month, the two remained in touch after Brown was let go in the wake of sexual assault allegations. Brady reportedly told Brown to stay mentally and physically strong in the hopes that the two could play again next season.
Seeing the 43-year-old Brady in anything other than a New England Patriots jersey will take some getting used to after 20 seasons. But, it will be necessary for fans. And, you can bet that, win or lose, all eyes will be on the Buccaneers in the upcoming season.