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Last Updated: March 21, 2020

Tampa Bay Buccaneers are Expected to Sign Superstar Veteran Quarterback Tom Brady

Introduction

As of Saint Patrick’s Day on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 Tom Brady publicly announced on social media that he was not going to be returning to the New England Patriots for the 2020 – 2021 NFL season. He has spent his entire twenty year career in New England with Bill Belichick and the Patriots. This was his first offseason as an unrestricted free agent, and he made it clear that he was moving on to a new team for the near future.

According to sources on the following day, the 42 year old heavily decorated veteran quarterback was reportedly expected to sign his next contract in the National Football League with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The exact details of this new agreement have yet to disclosed, and the deal is not official until he signs the contract and passes the mandatory physical.

His physical is said to be taking place sometime soon in New York by a doctor that both the Tampa Bay Bucs and he have both approved as NFL facilities are currently closed due to the coronavirus precautions that have been taken. Brady’s contract with the Buccaneers is said to be approximately worth $30 million annually.

Brady is quite possibly the greatest quarterback to ever play in the National Football League, and he can definitely improve the Buccaneers. In fact, he already has with the franchises ticket sales jumping ski high in value immediately after the announcement along with a wide variety of other players showing heavy interest in joining him in Tampa Bay for the upcoming NFL season and beyond.

His Problem in New England

One of the issues that Brady was facing recently with his former team, the New England Patriots, was the lack of offensive weapons for him to utilize in order for them to be productive offensively. Well that is obviously not the case with his new organization as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have many skill position players that he will be able to target this upcoming season.

Buccaneers Core Offensive Unit

They have major threats at wide receiver in explosive pass catchers such as Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Justin Watson, and Breshad Perriman. They have solid tight ends as well that include OJ Howard, Cameron Brate, Anthony Auclair, and Tanner Hudson. They currently have running backs like Ronald Jones II, Peyton Barber, Dare Ogunbowalke, and Ryan Griffin that should contribute to their rushing ground game as well. I would not be surprised if the Bucs make some new additions to their offensive skill position players now that everyone knows that Brady will be leading their team as of now.

Jameis Winston

The Tampa Bay team’s most recent quarterback was Jameis Winston. He was given ample time to be their starting quarterback and leader for several years, but he never seemed to get over his turnover issues. Last season Winston passed for over 5,000 yards and over 30 touchdowns, but his downfall was that he also threw for over 30 interceptions.

His offensive numbers were great aside from all of those turnovers that he was ultimately responsible for. Brady should most definitely be able to cut those mistakes down by making wise reads and better quarterback decisions with the Bucs. Winston is currently a free agent and will not be on Tampa Bay’s roster when the 2020 – 2021 NFL regular season begins.

Brady’s NFL Career Achievements, Awards, and Honors

With the New England Patriots Brady has had quite the impressive if not the most extensively decorated NFL career by any quarterback at any time, and he is not done yet. He has made it to 9 Super Bowls in which he was crowned a Super Bowl champion 6 times (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, LIII). Tom was named the Super Bowl MVP on four of those Super Bowl championships (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, LI).

The native of Northern California was selected as the MVP of the National Football League following 3 different seasons (2007, 2010, 2017). He was named to the NFL Pro Bowl 14 times (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). Brady was selected to the NFL First Team All Pro 3 times (2007, 2010, 2017) as well as the NFL Second Team All Pro two times (2005, 2016).

The former University of Michigan Wolverine was awarded the NFL Offensive Player of the Year twice (2007, 2010), and the Comeback Player of the Year in 2009. He led the NFL in passing touchdowns 4 times (2002, 2007, 2010, 2015), passing yards 3 times (2005, 2007, 2017), and passer rating twice (2007, 2010). In 2007 he was the NFL completion percentage leader as well.

Sporting News named him the NFL Athlete of the Decade for the 2010’s, the Associated Press selected him as the Male Athlete of the year in 2007, and Sports Illustrated chose Brady as the Sportsman of the year in 2005. He was honored as a member of the NFL 2000’s All Decade Team and the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All Time Team. It will only be a matter of time until the New England Patriots retire his number 12. The National Football League will enshrine him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and at the old age of 42 he is not done yet citing that he can play at a high level in the NFL for another 2 -3 years.

Brady’s NFL Career Statistics

Passing

Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% 1D Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD AV
2000 23 NWE QB 12 1 0   1 3 33.3 6 0 0 0 0   6 2 2 6 6 42.4   0 0 2 2 0     0
2001* 24 NWE QB 12 15 14 11/3/2000 264 413 63.9 2843 18 4.4 12 2.9 145 91 6.9 6.4 10.8 189.5 86.5   41 216 5.79 5.39 9 3 3 12
2002 25 NWE QB 12 16 16 9/7/2000 373 601 62.1 3764 28 4.7 14 2.3 185 49 6.3 6.1 10.1 235.3 85.7   31 190 5.66 5.54 4.9 2 3 13
2003 26 NWE QB 12 16 16 14-2-0 317 527 60.2 3620 23 4.4 12 2.3 175 82 6.9 6.7 11.4 226.3 85.9   32 219 6.08 5.94 5.7 3 5 11
2004* 27 NWE QB 12 16 16 14-2-0 288 474 60.8 3692 28 5.9 14 3 187 50 7.8 7.6 12.8 230.8 92.6   26 162 7.06 6.92 5.2 0 1 15
2005* 28 NWE QB 12 16 16 10/6/2000 334 530 63 4110 26 4.9 14 2.6 197 71 7.8 7.5 12.3 256.9 92.3   26 188 7.05 6.86 4.7 3 4 15
2006 29 NWE QB 12 16 16 12/4/2000 319 516 61.8 3529 24 4.7 12 2.3 176 62 6.8 6.7 11.1 220.6 87.9 67.2 26 175 6.19 6.08 4.8 2 2 14
2007*+ 30 NWE QB 12 16 16 16-0-0 398 578 68.9 4806 50 8.7 8 1.4 240 69 8.3 9.4 12.1 300.4 117.2 88.5 21 128 7.81 8.88 3.5 4 4 24
2008 31 NWE qb 12 1 1 1-0-0 7 11 63.6 76 0 0 0 0 3 26 6.9 6.9 10.9 76 83.9 69.7 0 0 6.91 6.91 0     0
2009* 32 NWE QB 12 16 16 10/6/2000 371 565 65.7 4398 28 5 13 2.3 215 81 7.8 7.7 11.9 274.9 96.2 73.2 16 86 7.42 7.38 2.8 1 1 16
2010*+ 33 NWE QB 12 16 16 14-2-0 324 492 65.9 3900 36 7.3 4 0.8 189 79 7.9 9 12 243.8 111 78.3 25 175 7.21 8.25 4.8 2 3 18
2011* 34 NWE QB 12 16 16 13-3-0 401 611 65.6 5235 39 6.4 12 2 262 99 8.6 9 13.1 327.2 105.6 75.2 32 173 7.87 8.25 5 1 2 21
2012* 35 NWE QB 12 16 16 12/4/2000 401 637 63 4827 34 5.3 8 1.3 256 83 7.6 8.1 12 301.7 98.7 76.1 27 182 7 7.48 4.1 1 2 18
2013* 36 NWE QB 12 16 16 12/4/2000 380 628 60.5 4343 25 4 11 1.8 226 81 6.9 6.9 11.4 271.4 87.3 62.1 40 256 6.12 6.13 6 5 5 13
2014* 37 NWE QB 12 16 16 12/4/2000 373 582 64.1 4109 33 5.7 9 1.5 221 69 7.1 7.5 11 256.8 97.4 76.2 21 134 6.59 7.01 3.5 2 2 16
2015* 38 NWE QB 12 16 16 12/4/2000 402 624 64.4 4770 36 5.8 7 1.1 229 76 7.6 8.3 11.9 298.1 102.2 68 38 225 6.87 7.48 5.7 2 2 17
2016* 39 NWE QB 12 12 12 11/1/2000 291 432 67.4 3554 28 6.5 2 0.5 165 79 8.2 9.3 12.2 296.2 112.2 79.1 15 87 7.76 8.81 3.4 1 1 13
2017*+ 40 NWE QB 12 16 16 13-3-0 385 581 66.3 4577 32 5.5 8 1.4 230 64 7.9 8.4 11.9 286.1 102.8 73.2 35 201 7.1 7.56 5.7 2 2 19
2018* 41 NWE QB 12 16 16 11/5/2000 375 570 65.8 4355 29 5.1 11 1.9 255 63 7.6 7.8 11.6 272.2 97.7 66.6 21 147 7.12 7.26 3.6 1 2 14
2019 42 NWE QB 12 16 16 12/4/2000 373 613 60.8 4057 24 3.9 8 1.3 193 59 6.6 6.8 10.9 253.6 88   27 185 6.05 6.24 4.2 1 1 11
Career         285 283 219-64-0 6377 9988 63.8 74571 541 5.4 179 1.8 3749 99 7.5 7.7 11.7 261.7 97   500 3129 6.81 7.08 4.8 36 45 280

Playoffs Passing

Year Age Tm Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% 1D Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
2001* 24 NWE QB 3 3 Mar-00 60 97 61.9 572 1 1 1 1 29 29 5.9 5.6 9.5 190.7 77.3 5 36 5.25 5.01 4.9 1 2
2003 26 NWE QB 3 3 Mar-00 75 126 59.5 792 5 4 2 1.6 43 52 6.3 6.4 10.6 264 84.5 0 0 6.29 6.37 0 1 2
2004* 27 NWE QB 3 3 Mar-00 55 81 67.9 587 5 6.2 0 0 32 60 7.2 8.5 10.7 195.7 109.4 7 57 6.02 7.16 8 0 1
2005* 28 NWE QB 2 2 1-Jan 35 63 55.6 542 4 6.3 2 3.2 22 73 8.6 8.4 15.5 271 92.2 4 12 7.91 7.76 6    
2006 29 NWE QB 3 3 1-Feb 70 119 58.8 724 5 4.2 4 3.4 35 49 6.1 5.4 10.3 241.3 76.5 4 22 5.71 5.06 3.3 1 1
2007*+ 30 NWE QB 3 3 1-Feb 77 109 70.6 737 6 5.5 3 2.8 41 53 6.8 6.6 9.6 245.7 96 8 52 5.85 5.73 6.8    
2009* 32 NWE QB 1 1 0-1 23 42 54.8 154 2 4.8 3 7.1 9 24 3.7 1.4 6.7 154 49.1 3 22 2.93 0.82 6.7    
2010*+ 33 NWE QB 1 1 0-1 29 45 64.4 299 2 4.4 1 2.2 19 37 6.6 6.5 10.3 299 89 5 40 5.18 5.08 10    
2011* 34 NWE QB 3 3 1-Feb 75 111 67.6 878 8 7.2 4 3.6 49 61 7.9 7.7 11.7 292.7 100.4 3 15 7.57 7.39 2.6 1 1
2012* 35 NWE QB 2 2 1-Jan 54 94 57.4 664 4 4.3 2 2.1 34 47 7.1 7 12.3 332 84.7 1 9 6.89 6.79 1.1    
2013* 36 NWE QB 2 2 1-Jan 37 63 58.7 475 1 1.6 0 0 24 53 7.5 7.9 12.8 237.5 87.7 4 34 6.58 6.88 6    
2014* 37 NWE QB 3 3 Mar-00 93 135 68.9 921 10 7.4 4 3 56 46 6.8 7 9.9 307 100.3 4 24 6.45 6.6 2.9 2 2
2015* 38 NWE QB 2 2 1-Jan 55 98 56.1 612 3 3.1 2 2 31 42 6.2 5.9 11.1 306 76.6 4 18 5.82 5.53 3.9    
2016* 39 NWE QB 3 3 Mar-00 93 142 65.5 1137 7 4.9 3 2.1 55 48 8 8 12.2 379 97.7 9 42 7.25 7.28 6 1 1
2017*+ 40 NWE QB 3 3 1-Feb 89 139 64 1132 8 5.8 0 0 60 50 8.1 9.3 12.7 377.3 108.6 4 17 7.8 8.92 2.8 1 1
2018* 41 NWE QB 3 3 Mar-00 85 125 68 953 2 1.6 3 2.4 50 35 7.6 6.9 11.2 317.7 85.8 1 9 7.49 6.74 0.8 1 2
2019 42 NWE QB 1 1 0-1 20 37 54.1 209 0 0 1 2.7 11 29 5.6 4.4 10.5 209 59.4 0 0 5.65 4.43 0    
Career       41 41 30-11 1025 1626 63 11388 73 4.5 35 2.2 600 73 7 6.9 11.1 277.8 89.8 66 409 6.49 6.42 3.9 9 13

Snap Counts

          Games   Off.   Def.   ST  
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Num Pct Num Pct Num Pct
2012* 35 NWE QB 12 16 16 1215 98% 0 0% 0 0%
2013* 36 NWE QB 12 16 16 1197 100% 0 0% 0 0%
2014* 37 NWE QB 12 16 16 1063 94% 0 0% 0 0%
2015* 38 NWE QB 12 16 16 1103 99% 0 0% 0 0%
2016* 39 NWE QB 12 12 12 818 73% 0 0% 0 0%
2017*+ 40 NWE QB 12 16 16 1116 98% 0 0% 0 0%
2018* 41 NWE QB 12 16 16 1092 98% 0 0% 0 0%
2019 42 NWE QB 12 16 16 1135 99% 0 0% 0 0%
Career             8739   0   0  

Media Statements

"I'm instantly thinking, 'We're gonna be a contender, we're gonna be a playoff contender,'" Tampa Bay Bucs linebacker Shaquil Barrett goes on to say, "and that's all I want to do is play winning football again and try to get a championship, so that's a step in the right direction."

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown stated, "So for those of you that want to celebrate Tom Brady leaving the New England Patriots, and hopefully leaving the AFC East: There are no mass gatherings. Celebrate responsibly, celebrate at home, and with less than 10 people present."

"We're waiting to see what Tom decides just like everybody else," says Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht.

New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft says, "Tommy initiated contact last night and came over. We had a positive, respectful discussion. It's not the way I want it to end, but I want him to do what is in his best personal interest. After 20 years with us, he has earned that right. I love him like a son."

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick expressed, "Tom and I will always have a great relationship built on love, admiration, respect and appreciation. Tom's success as a player and his character as a person are exceptional."

Belichick said it was a, "privilege to coach Tom Brady for 20 years."

Kraft also said, "While sad today, the overwhelming feeling I have is appreciation for his countless contributions to our team and community."

On Instagram Tom Brady posted: “I wanted to say thank you to all of the incredible fans and Patriots supporters. MA has been my home for twenty years. It has truly been the happiest two decades I could have envisioned in my life and I have nothing but love and gratitude for my time in New England. The Support has been overwhelming – I wish every player could experience it. My children were born and raised here and you always embraced this California kid as your own. I love your commitment and loyalty to your teams and winning for our city means more than you will ever know. I can’t thank you enough for the support of our team. The packed training camps and sold out stadiums and mostly the victory parades. I have been so blessed to share them with you all.

I tried to represent us always in the best and most honorable way, and I fought hard with my teammates to help bring victory and triumph even in the most dire situations. You opened your heart to me, and I opened my heart to you. And Pats Nation will always be a part of me. I don’t know what my football future holds but it is time for me to open a new stage for my life and career. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I will always love you and what we have shared – a lifetime full of fun memories.

To all my teammates, coaches, executives and staff, Coach Belichick, RKK and the Kraft family and the entire organization. I want to say thank you for the past twenty years of my life and the daily commitment to winning and creating a winning culture built on great values. I am grateful for all that you have taught me – I have learned from everyone. You all have allowed me to maximize my potential and that is all a player can ever hope for.

Everything we have accomplished brings me great joy and the lessons I have learned will carry on with me forever. I couldn’t be the man I am today without the relationships you have allowed me to build with you. I have benefited from all you have given me. I cherished every opportunity I had to be a part of our team, and I love you all for that. Our team has always set a great standard in pro sports and I know it will continue to do just that.

Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful four our incredible TEAM accomplishments. I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to know each and everyone of you, and to have the memories we’ve created together.”

Sources:

“QB Tom Brady expected to sign with Buccaneers, sources say”, espn.com, March 17, 2020.

“Tom Brady says goodbye to Patriots on social media”, espn.com, March 17, 2020.

“Tom Brady”, pro-football-reference.com, March 19, 2020.


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