While it’s been expected that Tom Brady would sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a few days now, the six-time Super Bowl champion finally confirmed things early Friday morning with a new post on Instagram.
Tom Brady confirms he’ll be with the Buccaneers in 2020
For months, nobody knew where Tom Brady would land. Would he return to the New England Patriots for a 21st season? Would he go to the Los Angeles Chargers to replace Philip Rivers? Would he wind up with Jon Gruden and Las Vegas Raiders? Could the Tampa Bay Buccaneers be in play? There was even some speculation that Jerry Jones could lure him to the Dallas Cowboys.
However, as free agency began to unfold, things started to become a little more clear. Tom Brady announced that he was leaving the Patriots by releasing a heartfelt goodbye. The Chargers and Buccaneers became the last two teams that felt that they had a chance and in the end, it was reported that Tampa Bay had won the Tom Brady sweepstakes. However, nobody had heard from Brady himself. That finally changed on Friday morning and we now know for sure that he’ll be a Buc next season as Brady posted a picture of himself signing his new contract and releasing his first statement.
“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 gonna not gonna say much more – I’m just gonna get to work!”Tom Brady via Instagram
How much will Tom Brady make with the Buccaneers?
Tom Brady’s deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is believed to be in the neighborhood of approximately $30 million per year. With the recent restructuring of the contracts of Ben Roethlisberger and Kirk Cousins, Tom Brady would be the third-highest paid quarterback in the NFL, behind Jared Goff and Russell Wilson. Brady’s former teammate, Jimmy Garoppolo, is fourth on the list.
Brady would famously take pay cuts during his time with the Patriots, allowing New England to make other roster moves to improve the team’s chances of winning a Super Bowl.
Brady’s first year in Tampa will look interesting
Tom Brady seems to be very excited about suiting up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, there’s no denying that it’s going to look a little weird. He played two decades in New England and seeing him in a new uniform will certainly take some getting used to.
He’ll also have to get used to a new schedule. After spending 20 years in the AFC East, Brady shifts to the NFC South, setting up annual meetings with the Saints, Falcons, and Panthers. Brady and Bucs also have some very intriguing non-conference matchups, most notably against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
The speculation is finally over. Tom Brady is a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he’s fired up.