Tom Brady Expected To Sign With Bucs

It looks like the Tom Brady sweepstakes are coming to a close. The expectation is that Brady will sign with the Buccaneers, sources told Jeff Darlington and Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Tampa’s offer is “roughly” $30MM annually, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweets, although the duration is unclear.

Rapoport added that the Buccaneers have been confident all day about landing him. It’s not at all unexpected given today’s developments, but it still is a wild conclusion to an unpredictable saga. A couple of years ago we got the first reports that Brady might want out of New England, but nobody at the time could’ve predicted it would end with him teaming up with Bruce Arians in Tampa Bay. It became clear in recent months that Brady leaving was a very real possibility, and earlier this morning the legendary quarterback announced he wouldn’t be back with the Patriots in 2020.

We heard just a little while ago that the Chargers were out of the running, which left the Bucs as the only known team aggressively pursuing Brady. The Raiders had been floated at various points, but they recently signed Marcus Mariota and the same report that had the Chargers out indicated Brady wanted to stay closer to his family on the east coast.

The Patriots were one of the best teams in the league last season, but it was mostly because of the defense and not the offense. Brady had one of his worst seasons statistically, averaging his lowest yards per attempt (6.8) since the 2002 season. The Pats were widely criticized for not providing him with enough weapons, and that won’t be an issue in Tampa.

The Bucs have arguably the best receiving duo in the league, with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans forming a matchup nightmare for any opposing secondary. Their defense also made major strides down the stretch last season under DC Todd Bowles, and they’ll now be considered an instant contender in 2020.

Brady spent 20 incredible years in New England, helping to create one of the most iconic dynasties in sports history. He’ll leave the Patriots at the age of 42, having won six Super Bowls with the team. We may never know exactly what happened the last few years, but it seems clear that Brady wanted a fresh start. His frustration with the offense was evident toward the end of last season, and it culminated in an embarrassing home loss to the Titans in the first round of the playoffs.

As for the Buccaneers, they’ll obviously be moving on from Jameis Winston, who they drafted first overall back in 2015. The game of quarterback musical chairs has almost ended, and there aren’t too many starting jobs left available for Winston to nab.

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  1. natsfan3437

    If he does sign there how long into the season do the media start complaining about Mike Evans and Chris Goodwin by saying they are overrated and he needs more weapons. Then complain about the offensive line saying he needs more help.

    • mcase7187

      He’s good for it but I’m sure he’ll keep his mouth shut because he wants to prove he can win with out bill that’s all this season is going to come down to (for pats fans) is he just as good without bill and if bill is just as good without tom it should be fun

    • casperkk

      He had legitimately bad receivers in NE. Edelman was a leader in drops as his #1.

      • Simmons>Russ

        He had Edelman, first round pick Harry, traded a second round pick for Sanu. Plus Dorsett, plus 8 time pro bowler Micheal Slater, plus Antonio Brown until things turned bad.

        • natsfan3437

          Don’t forget about 2 all pro level guards, a very good RT, a good center, and a above average LT. most quarterbacks would kill for that line.

          • slapnuts

            Above average LT?!?! All-pro “level” guards?!?! It’s not quite a Slater reference but it’s close…

          • Bostonsportsforlife

            LT was out for half the season and the center missed the whole year. the line last year was not the line from 2018

        • slapnuts

          You know youve gotten to peak of Brady-hating when you use “8 time pro bowler Michael Slater” as evidence that he had “weapons”

        • Simmons>Russ

          Slater was a huge reach but still Edelman Sanu Harry Dorsett and Brown for a game.
          Edelman a future HOF, Sanu was traded in for a second, Harry was a first round pick and Dorsett is a nice third option

          • mcmillankmm

            Lol yeah you didn’t watch many games if you thought Slater was used on offense. Harry also struggled when he was healthy and Sanu was a major bust after the trade….and Dorsett lol…still not signed yet so that shows how well he’s been….nice try though

            • Simmons>Russ

              Your calling a 30 year old from the third round a bust?
              You can’t say they didn’t get him weapons when they traded and drafted a WR to help him. And just you wait Dorsett will get a nice deal

              • Natergater77

                So all 1st rounders mean they are great?
                Take Brown out one game isn’t a weapon.

                Where is the RB play to mix up offense?

                Not saying he’ll be great in TB but let’s see who’s NE QB before we say who’s season will be better

                • compassrose

                  On the other side of the coin maybe Brady was bad and made those guys look bad. I know that is blasphemy calling the great Tom Brady bad but a different perspective.

          • Dorothy_Mantooth

            So Slater did not catch one pass at all this past year. Harry missed 9 games and Sanu hurt his knee returning a punt in his second game and was never right after that. So the Pats had Edelman and Dorsett and that’s about it. No TE either. Brady will throw at least 30 TDs and for 4,500+ yards in Tampa at the age of 43. Time for the rest of the country to see how good he really is, even this far past his prime.

        • phillyballers

          Dude you just named a bunch of meh and has beens. Brown he had for 1 or 2 games? I’m not a fan of him but still, his offense besides the line was trash.

    • 2012orioles

      Die hard steelers fan and I can’t stand Boston sports/fans but this is crazy. He won 6 rings with no one but gronk. Welker, branch and Edelman were about as high profile as it got. I don’t think they’d be around as long as they were if it weren’t for Brady.
      The only thing Brady has left to “prove” is that he wasn’t a system qb. He’s old now. Whatever he does in Tampa tells us nothing about how great he was in NE. It’s pretty crazy a guy with 6 rings still has to prove his greatness

        • Boston2AZ

          If you remove Ocho Cinco and Brandon Lloyd, your list would be more accurate.

          • 2012orioles

            Point being he’s got 6 and didn’t even win won with moss. Could’ve easily been 7. He went 16-0 and set the record for most TDs in a season.

    • jkoms57

      Exactly natsfan.

      Brady was terrible last season. Once teams stopped defending over-the-top, his little slants and screen passes didnt work out

    • thatsright

      Gee, I guess Tampa can reduce their offer now – I mean, where else is he gonna sign?

  2. madmanTX

    I guess Gisselle wanted Florida since she’s the boss. Get ready to deflate some balls, Tampa!

    • johnfree83

      Is there a Bears in the XFL, because certainly no NFL team needs this rapist. Sorry, “alleged” rapist.

    • bigjonliljon

      No. Hell No. 1st off… he stinks as a QB. 2nd off… he stinks as a human being. Just say “NO”

  3. echozulu88

    I wonder if he wanted to go there or if it was just about the only place making a serious push

  4. HubcapDiamondStarHalo

    He just thought it was all cool and funky if TB signed with TB.

  5. goldenmisfit

    So I guess the answer to the question who will have more wins if separated Brady or Belichick is answered hands-down will be Belichick.

    • You realize the Bucs won 7 games last year with a QB that threw 30 int’s, right? Winston also set an NFL record for pick sixes. It’s not unrealistic to believe the Bucs can win 10-12 games next season. As far as the Patriots, we’ll just have to see. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them struggle to win 5-6 games. No weapons and now their franchise QB is gone.

  6. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    As good a place as any for Brady to live out his “Montana as a Chief” era.

  7. I’m so surprised that he’s not signing with the 49ers! PFR had so many articles about it, I thought it was a lock.

  8. phillyballers

    If any of the 1st round grade OL are there, that’s how the Bucs draft, protect Brady. If not, great year to trade back. Fill more holes.

  9. crazylarry

    So Tampa goes from a bust of a QB to a HOF BUST. Can’t wait until Belicheat is 6-10. He can then go hang out with his other “ stable genius” friend and blame everyone else.

  10. Dorothy_Mantooth

    Tampa will draft a QB in the first round (either Love or Herbert) and let him learn under Brady’s tutelage. Best of both worlds for Tampa

  11. Tazman420

    I’ve been a TB hater almost his whole career. I’ve always thought he was the most overrated QB in the history of the NFL. But honestly even I had to give him some credit for winning 6 SB and been to 3 more? That’s 9 SB’s in his 20 years in NE. And I have to admit even though I want to see him fall on his face what he does anywhere else isn’t going to prove anything. He’s over 40 and way out of his prime. The only way this will prove anything is if he wins another SB there.

  12. MarlinsFanBase

    I guess Brady wants E!SPN and FOX Sports to leave him alone. We know that halfway into the season, those networks will stop reporting on him all the time like they had done since Day 1 in New England because he’s now in Tampa instead of Boston. It’s like if LBron would’ve signed with the Bucks, Jazz or Pelicans or if Jeter had signed with the Royals or Pirates.

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