TAMPA BAY – Former New England Patriots QB Tom Brady made it official this morning, and he is now a member of the Tampa Bay Bucs. With the official word and proof of his signing (see photo below from Brady’s Instagram account), the Buccaneers soared to a “Top 5” favorite to win Super Bowl 55, according to updated odds provided by Sports Betting Dime (SBD).
“Excited, humble and hungry,” Brady wrote on Instagram “…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! #Year1”
The signing has been expected for three days, after Brady said goodbye to the New England Patriots and his Boston-based fans, bidding farewell to the team he won six Super Bowls with over the past two decades. Brady’s signing and contract work, which included a two-day physical which was challenging, per an NFL Network report, due to current restrictions on medical checkups due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Buccaneers announced the deal Friday morning but offered no contract details, other than to say it was a multiyear contract. Multiple reports have pegged it at two years, $60 million, all guaranteed.
“Tom is a proven champion who has achieved greatness on the field because he demands the best out of himself and his teammates,” said Bucs general manager Jason Licht, who worked on the Patriots scouting staff when they drafted Brady in the sixth round in 2000.
“I’ve known Tom since we drafted him in New England 20 years ago and through this process it became very clear that his desire to be a champion burns as strong today as it ever has. He possesses the type of rare natural leadership qualities that will immediately impact our entire organization.”
Tampa Bay Coach Bruce Arians welcomed Brady to the club:
“Tom is the most successful quarterback in the history of our league, but what makes him so special is his ability to make those around him better,” Arians said. “I’ve had the privilege to work with some of the best passers in our game, and the characteristics they all possessed were the ability to lead and get the best out of their teammates. Tom is no different. 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.”