Tom Brady Reportedly Agrees to Deal to Join Buccaneers

Tim Kelly
March 17, 2020 - 7:10 pm

Johnny Unitas finished his career with the San Diego Chargers. Joe Namath finished his career with the Los Angeles Rams. Joe Montana finished his career with the Kansas City Chiefs. Brett Favre finished his career with the Minnesota Vikings. Peyton Manning finished his career with the Denver Broncos. And now, Tom Brady will - likely - conclude his illustrious career in Tampa Bay.

There's a long history of the league's most accomplished quarterbacks finishing their careers with other franchises than the ones they are most remembered with. Brady, who led the New England Patriots to six Super Bowl titles in 20 seasons, will join that group, having agreed to a deal that will pay him "roughly $30 million" according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network to be the next quarterback of the Buccaneers. FOX's Colin Cowherd and WEEI's Dale Arnold were the first to report that Brady intended to sign with the Buccaneers.

Brady, who had a sub-par group of skill-position talent to work with in New England in 2019, will join a Buccaneers team with two of the best receivers in the NFL. Both Chris Godwin and Mike Evans had over 1,100 receiving yards a season ago, despite the fact that neither played all 16 games.

The Buccaneers also had the No. 1 overall rush defense a year ago under defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, despite playing in a division that's home to Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara.

Truth be told, the Buccaneers had a playoff-caliber roster a year ago. However, they went just 7-9 in part because of the play of quarterback Jameis Winston. While Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in 2015, threw for over 5,000 yards in 2019, he also turned the ball over 36 total times, including being picked off 30 times.

Arians tipped his hand after the season concluded that the team may look to upgrade from Winston, who is now an unrestricted free agent.

“With another quarterback?” Arians told the collective media, including Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times. “Oh yeah. If we can win with this one, we can definitely win with another one, too.”

Arians will get that chance, and it won't just be with "another quarterback." The Buccaneers will be led by the most accomplished quarterback in the history of the sport as the Bucs attempt to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

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