Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady announced Tuesday morning that he is moving on from New England, a place he has called home for the last two decades. Not too long after that, news started to trickle out that he intended to sign with the Buccaneers, despite reports of interest from teams like the Chargers and Raiders. And now, that signing is officially in the books.
Just as he did when he announced his departure, Brady took to Instagram to post an image of himself signing his contract with the Buccaneers.
Brady now brings his 219 career wins, three MVPs, and 541 touchdowns to the Bay where the Bucs haven’t seen the playoffs since 2007 and haven’t won a playoff game since their Super Bowl 37 victory… a year after Brady’s first of six Super Bowl victories.
Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht is all-to-familiar with Brady as he was with the Patriots when they drafted him back in 2000.
“Tom is a proven champion who has achieved greatness on the field because he demands the best out of himself and his teammates,” said Licht via Buccaneers.com. “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.”
— Full Press Buccaneers (@FPC_Buccaneers) March 20, 2020
Not only is it an upgrade for the Bucs, who finished 7-9 last year and third in the NFC South, but in a way, it is an upgrade for Brady as well as he will now be leading an offense with the likes of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, both receivers finished with a PFF grade of over 90 last year. The last time Brady played with a wide receiver duo like that, well, it came the same year that Tampa last made the playoffs… 2007.
Now, the focus will continue to be building around Brady as the Bucs look to flip the switch on the NFC South.