Report: Tom Brady has agreement in place with Bucs for $30 million per year

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How does Tom Brady look in red, bay orange and pewter (or whatever colors Tampa Bay ends up wearing in 2020)? Buccaneers fans will say great. Others might have a hard time adjusting to No. 12’s change of uniform.

But the greatest of all time is leaving New England for Tampa Bay.

All that remains is his signature.

The Bucs have an agreement in principle with Brady for a deal worth roughly $30 million per season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

So, after 20 seasons, 41 playoff games, 30 playoff wins, 219 regular-season wins, six Super Bowls, three league MVPs, 74,571 passing yards and 541 touchdown passes, Brady is leaving New England.

The Bucs have not had a Pro Bowl quarterback since 2015 when Jameis Winston went as a rookie.

Coach Bruce Arians said all along he wanted to see what was behind door No. 2 before committing to Winston’s return. Winston now knows his future, after five seasons, will be elsewhere.

102 responses to “Report: Tom Brady has agreement in place with Bucs for $30 million per year

  1. So awkward. This is the last place I would have expected him to sign. I was thinking Vegas or LA. But this is the best fit for sure in terms of making another run, no doubt.

  2. Not only will it be weird seeing him in another uniform…but the ugliest uniform in the league.

  3. How does Tom Brady look in red, bay orange and pewter?
    _____________

    We’ll probably never know. The Bucs are changing their uniforms this year.

  4. Honestly I thought he’d go left coast. Still have Dalton, Winston and Cam to go and the pickin’s are slim at this point…

  5. This will be like Johnny Unitas in a Charger uniform. Can you just see Tom Brady with the self proclaimed maven of football Arians? Now Arians will destroy a GOAT HOF QB.

  6. The Bucs? I really fear this is going to have a sad ending; however, it will be fascinating to watch.

  7. This is truly strange. However, it will help the Bucs. Might need to convert J. Winston to a wide receiver.

  8. FinFan68 says:
    January 5, 2020 at 6:01 pm
    For the first time in his 20-year career, Tom Brady can do whatever he wants to do.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    BS.
    He was never franchised. He was never forced to sign any of the several contracts he has had.

    I think he will have the option to stay in NE because they don’t seem to have an heir apparent. If he does leave I see 3 possibilities: Chargers (assuming Rivers leaves), Minnesota (assuming they are done with Cousins) or, the most intriguing option, the Buccaneers. IF Arians is done with Winston’s stupidity they are the most dynamic team for Brady. They have very good receivers, a good TE, a decent o-line and a decent defense. They could realistically add Brady and search for a dynamic running game and chase a championship next year.

  9. Here comes the playoffs Tampa Bay….So sad for Brees he’ll be one and done once again. Dallas? You have no shot with Dak so don’t even go there

  10. Cant believe that the Patriots couldnt cough up 30M for him, considering Cousins and Tannehill are getting 30M each.

  11. I told ya’ll on February 5th this would be his best bet to get back into a superbowl.
    He will bring a team to the 1st ever superbowl in their hometown. Too many weapons on our bucs. Sure up the oline and get a veteren rb.
    Btw sign suh now please. Rayjay 2020!

  12. Like I said three weeks ago, Brady has to wait longer and throw deeper patterns for Arians offence …

  13. Absolute bravery by TB. You gotta respect the fire.

    Also very disappointing to hear Pats fans bad mouthing him for not playing for peanuts.

  14. Poor Tom. How will he manage with PFF’s #1 and #6 rated WRs and a good TE? You can bet he won’t be leading the league in throwing the ball away in 2020.

  15. I cant wait and see.Will Billecheck be successful without Brady or Will Brady be successful without Billecheck. The only thing I’m surprised he crossed over to the NFC side.I thought for sure he would stay with a AFC team given the fact how much success he has had over the years.

  16. Been telling everyone for 2 months it was going to be Tampa, got a a lot of disagreements from many. I’ve followed the Patriots since before Tommy was born. Experience and age are the best teachers if you pay attention

  17. Just as fans paid to watch Joe Namath long after he should have retired Brady will get the same treatment for as long as he can stagger out on the field.

  18. nflhistorybuff68 says:
    March 17, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    Like I said three weeks ago, Brady has to wait longer and throw deeper patterns for Arians offence …
    ————————————————————————————————
    Gee, you think maybe TB12 will have some input into the offense?

  19. Nope this was a bad signing.

    The bucks have some tools but they don’t have that defense he has leaned on for so many seasons.

    Also the NFC south is not that chump division he is use to.

    This does not end well for Tom.

    The falcons will bounce back from being horrible. The Panthers will sign Teddy and be real competitive. Then the saints will own him

  20. From Pat Patriot to Bucco Bruce!
    Actually found a team with a sillier looking logo than the Pats!

    LOL

  21. Will be a rude awakening for Mr. Brady, playing in a division with other good teams, and in a conference with more than 2-3 contenders in a given year

    He couldn’t run away from Mahomes and Jackson fast enough

  22. I never believed he would go. Not for a second. Holy cow was I wrong. But I bet I am not alone.

  23. He did it to himself. Once he put his ego backed by being the highest paid, is when BB walked.

    Unreal. Why he would do this at the end of his career is beyond anyone’s comprehension.

  24. Tom Brady is obviously the GOAT. But like so many before him, he needs to keep going to prove something. Can this soon-to-be 43 year old QB improve the Bucs enough to reach the playoffs let alone reach the Super Bowl or will he do a Joe Namath and Willie Mays and succumb to old age? We’ll see, but I won’t lie … it will be fun to watch, especially week #13 in Foxboro.

  25. “The Bucs have not had a Pro Bowl quarterback since 2015 when Jameis Winston went as a rookie.”

    And he didn’t even deserve it.

  26. 22 16 Rate This
    gimmeabruschi says:
    March 17, 2020 at 7:37 pm
    Poor Tom. How will he manage with PFF’s #1 and #6 rated WRs and a good TE? You can bet he won’t be leading the league in throwing the ball away in 2020.

    25 8 Rate This

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    Yeah, about the GM, Coach, O Line, RBs, Defense and STs?

    This is a team sport and NE has a far, far better 22 16 Rate This
    gimmeabruschi says:
    March 17, 2020 at 7:37 pm
    Poor Tom. How will he manage with PFF’s #1 and #6 rated WRs and a good TE? You can bet he won’t be leading the league in throwing the ball away in 2020.

    25 8 Rate

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    What about the OLine, RBs, the D or Special Teams? This is a team sport with 3 phases in it. It’s not a video game. And TB blows lacking talent everywhere.

    Will he skip OTAs again or blame low iq wrs on the team? lmao

    You people have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Tom is in for a very rude awakening and overall culture
    shock as well.

  27. With Brady the Bucs have a legitimate shot at the playoffs. He won’t turn the ball over as Winston did. Then again, Winston will probably improve in the coming season due to having Lasik surgery. He refused to wear contacts, so he was basically playing blind at times.
    Luckily, I hear the Bucs are changing their uniforms. Maybe something with more red, white and blue?

  28. trollaikman8 says:
    March 17, 2020 at 7:36 pm
    Absolute bravery by TB. You gotta respect the fire.

    Also very disappointing to hear Pats fans bad mouthing him for not playing for peanuts.

    31 17 Rate This

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    That would contradict every season minus his 2010-2014 contract for knowing being the highest paid would limit his chances of winning.

    Make no mistake, this choice was about ego. No one would pay the most ever for a 43 year old qb except for a desperate team like tb and it will blow up spectacularly.

    What teams win a sb with a qb or any player at bloated prices.

    TB has no chance at a sb. This is for Glazer, PSL sales, etc.

  29. Good move for Brady. The Bucs have some weapons and their D has potential as well. They were almost a playoff team despite Winston’s perpetual turnovers. That gets fixed. The NFC South is going to be a lot tougher this season.

  30. The longer he went unsigned the more it appeared Bill was moving on. Bill wanted Tom back on Bill’s terms and Tom wanted to come back on Tom’s terms. Sorta sad, but it is what it is. Hope the GOAT sets some more records in Tampa and it will be fun to watch Belichick march on without his favorite soldier.

  31. kenmasters34 says:
    March 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm
    Cant believe that the Patriots couldnt cough up 30M for him, considering Cousins and Tannehill are getting 30M each.

    62 17 Rate This

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    Show us a sb winner with a qb or any player paid such a ridiculous salary in the cap era?

    This is all tied to the Joe Flacco Affair.

    The market spiked in 2013 and all the qbs paid since have been paid way too much ever since, and here we are.

    Brady is not mvp material anymore. Everyone with half a brain in NE knows it.

    He was protected beautifully by healthy rbs, the top rated D, short
    fields and oodles of turnovers the D created and he still sucked or
    was medicore.

    The honeymoon will happen for a little
    while, but it will come crashing down. I am
    not even convinced he will
    see the second year of his deal. He will retire if it goes south, which it will. Just a mattwr of how fast.

  32. logicalvoicesays says:
    March 17, 2020 at 7:20 pm
    Once a cheater, always a cheater

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    Tampa Bay Super Bowl odds just went from 50-1 to 20-1, but, but…Brady likes the ball at 11-12 psi!!!

    Once a dope, always a dope

  33. blowncallssuck says:
    March 17, 2020 at 7:44 pm
    Nope this was a bad signing.

    The bucks have some tools but they don’t have that defense he has leaned on for so many seasons.

    Also the NFC south is not that chump division he is use to.

    This does not end well for Tom.

    The falcons will bounce back from being horrible. The Panthers will sign Teddy and be real competitive. Then the saints will own him
    ——-
    You’ll be amazed how much better the Bucs defense looks with far less offensive turnovers, longer sustained drives, etc….

  34. Switching to a new offense with completely different coaches and players in a year without minicamps and possibly some of training camp.

    What could possibly go wrong?!?!

  35. If someone woke up from a six month coma right now which do you think they would find more surprising – that the world is basically shut down with a pandemic virus or that Tom Brady plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

  36. .
    lol… this is going to be funny watching him have break downs from being sacked
    like he did when losing Super Bowls to the Giants

  37. @blowncallssuck says:
    March 17, 2020 at 7:44 pm
    Nope this was a bad signing.

    The bucks have some tools but they don’t have that defense he has leaned on for so many seasons.

    Also the NFC south is not that chump division he is use to.

    This does not end well for Tom.

    The falcons will bounce back from being horrible. The Panthers will sign Teddy and be real competitive. Then the saints will own him.

    Uhmm did you see the bucs defense the last 8 weeks of the season? You have no clue my friend. Bucs only need a couple things.
    Coaching is there. Timestamp this , the bucs win nfc south for sure

  38. I can only pray the salty mountain of hate don’t now forget to come back to Patriots threads from time to time and continue to give true football fans a good laugh with their salty drivel.

  39. Another massive business screw-up by Telesco and Spanos. Spanos would not pay Brady $30 mil. He thought he could get ’em on the cheap. With Rivers dumped who’s going to buy season tickets to see a re-tread or they’ll throw a rookie to the dogs. No chance of beating the Chiefs or Raiders nextyear. With Cam Newton? He’s a head case. The last remaining San Diego Charger fans will be watching Philip Rivers cranking it up for the Colts. Go Philip!

  40. Just like I’ve always said, NE has no respect for their players. They pay everyone on the cheap and now when Brady finally wants to get paid, bye Bro!

  41. The “who’s better, Bill or Tom” debate will soon be realized, but not the way the debaters expect. Both will be unsuccessful. Bill has a better chance with the team first approach but the hubris of both is a weakness, as Benjamin Martin said, so time will tell.

  42. Why is no one mentioning the absence of a running game for Tampa? Winston was forced to throw a lot. Brady won’t fare well in a system like this.

  43. WooooHooooo!-the rest of the AFC East, which just might become again what it was in the 80s and 90s: the most competitive division in the NFL (well, one of them). And everyone and his uncle will pick the Bills to win division. Folks I just can’t see Pats winning it again without Brady.

  44. Next up, expect to see Tampa Bay sign Antonio Brown. Tampa Bay said they’d give Tom some input on the roster, and he’s made it clear that he wants to throw TD’s to AB. Book it!

  45. But the greatest of all time is leaving New England for Tampa Bay.

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    Otto Graham never played for New England nor Tampa, his career began and ended in Cleveland. Sorry.

  46. I give credit to Brady for not doing a Favre. A sobbing retirement speech,… then change his mind,…then he changed it again,.. then change his mind again just before training camp. It caused GB management a lot of undue chaos.
    Play as long as you want to play,.and are physically able to play without embarrassing yourself Tom.
    I hope Tom does well. He’s a special player with a legacy that will be talked about forever..

  47. nite2al says:
    March 17, 2020 at 9:09 pm
    Just like I’ve always said, NE has no respect for their players. They pay everyone on the cheap and now when Brady finally wants to get paid, bye Bro!

    People never understand just how this long-time winning culture works even when it’s been explained to them time and again. Oh well…

  48. BB went 11-5 with Matt Cassel. The chances of the Patriots at least winning a wild card spot is about 100 times better then noodle armed Tom Brady and the Bucs breaking 500.

    This isn’t Tom Brady from 3 years ago. This is Elvis stuffed in a leather suit 3 sizes too small.

  49. TB12, good for you. I hope you enjoy every second of a new NFL experience! I obnly wish that your departure had been more glorious than a Pick-6 followed by slinking down a side stairwell.

    Lifelong Pats fan.

  50. As a Patriots fan I am gutted, as a Tom Brady fan I am happy for him. All good things come to an end and we Patriots fans have been lucky beyond belief to have a such an amazing run.

    Brady really has nothing to lose personally I think he is still an elite QB in this league time will tell. Well fellow Pats fans it Stidham time and to be honest I think a 6-10 season is coming up. Pressure is on BB because there is absolutely no doubt in my mind he wanted Brady gone

    A sad ending for this fan.

  51. How did NE not resign him? $30 million for a starting QB is now the going rate so unless the Bucs gave him something crazy like 5 years fully guaranteed the Pats could have kept him for a relative bargain. Things must have REALLY fallen apart between him and BB.

  52. I got no dog in this fight, but what BB and TB accomplished together will NEVER happened again. Feel sorry for Pats fans, it’s hard to watch a Dynasty come crumbling down. Cue John Mellencamp ‘Crumbling down’.

  53. “Another massive business screw-up by Telesco and Spanos. Spanos would not pay Brady $30 mil.”
    _____________

    Spanos has always been cheap so no surprise there. That’s why they don’t have their own stadium because he absolutely refused to even spend a nickel of his own money. And every single season they somehow have issues with signing their first round draft pick because they quibble about tiny little things other teams don’t worry about.

  54. kevpft says:
    March 17, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    Alternate headline: “6-time Super Bowl winner asks for less money than Dak Prescott”
    ——————————————————————–

    And the POST OF THE DAY goes KEVPFT…..Come on down Kev you’ve won a new boat!

  55. A month ago I posited on this site that Tampa Bay was perhaps the only team with the cap space and the offensive weapons to sign Brady, with the additional factor that flights to Brazil were a lot shorter from there and not much longer than Miami and this may be important to his wife. It’s also a shorter flight to NY than from the west coast. Brady in Tamp is a bit surreal, but in reality we shouldn’t be surprised. No income tax is also a factor for both he and his wife. The Tampa Bay defense needs help though.

  56. kenmasters34 says:
    March 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm
    Cant believe that the Patriots couldnt cough up 30M for him, considering Cousins and Tannehill are getting 30M each.

    —————————-
    This is why they win.

  57. brownietheelf32 says:
    March 17, 2020 at 9:45 pm
    But the greatest of all time is leaving New England for Tampa Bay.

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    Otto Graham never played for New England nor Tampa, his career began and ended in Cleveland. Sorry.
    ————————
    What? Montana got so debunked that the deniers have to start trying to wave around Graham? Wasn’t there some guy in the late 1920’s you could use too?

  58. TB is great for ticket sales and Tampa Bay has great skill players but will he be learning his first new system in 20 years or is the team going to have to learn the new england system?

    Brady has no mobility and throws the ball quickly. Arians system requires patience and the willingness to take a hit.

    Should be an interesting year with plenty of highlights and Brady getting pancaked.

  59. I think Brady wants to prove he can win without Belicheck and BB wants to prove he can win without Brady.

  60. All the best to Tom BradY…but he is not worth 30 million at 43…but he might prove me wrong 🙂

    Let’s see how things will pan out in NE…it will be interesting for sure. Who do we roll with at QB? Never has in BB we trust been so relevant…

  61. I am glad for Brady and glad for the Patriots, but also think this is a risk for both of them.

    For the Patriots, knowing Brady is gone in two years anyways, I understand not wanting to invest in him. I would definitely have a ceiling that I would be willing to pay. It wouldn’t be good to invest too much is what likely is a short term solution. That being said, I am not sure that they have a good option. Stidham? Maybe. Perhaps they are really high on him internally and see this as a good move. From the outside, it seems a bit risky.

    For Tom, I would guess that he has a lot of frustrations where he is and wanted out with a new situation. Clearly not getting everything he wanted. Driving factor? Maybe, given age, this is his only chance to play for another franchise and try something new. Perhaps he wants to be compensated at a level he feels respected. Perhaps he wants some management say. Who knows what his exact reasons are, but I hope he gets what he is looking for. Risks? It will change some peoples perception of him. No longer a Pats player for life. Taking a big chunk of money from a team (remember all the stories of how he was a team player who took less for the good of the team, etc, etc, etc). The biggest risk for him, from my perspective, is injury and performance degradation. He is going into a new system with new people all around him. Schema and verbiage are very likely to change. Seems risky. BB has a knack for putting people in a position to succeed. I am not sure I trust TB coaching to be as good in this.

    I hope Brady has a stellar end to his career and that the Pats are able to pick up where they left off. Both have provided a lot of entertainment over the years and a fresh start for each will be interesting to see.

  62. cowboys8and8 says:
    March 17, 2020 at 11:29 pm
    I got no dog in this fight, but what BB and TB accomplished together will NEVER happened again. Feel sorry for Pats fans, it’s hard to watch a Dynasty come crumbling down. Cue John Mellencamp ‘Crumbling down’.

    ———————-

    Why feel sorry for us Pats fans. We got to witness the GOAT’s at work for 20 years. It’s been an amazing ride.

  63. Should be interesting in the NFC South. Brady will be playing in a Division with legit QB’s for once and he will have way more Offensive weapons. I wonder if he will continue to get bailed out by the refs or if this is just a Patriots thing?

  64. It had to end at some point.

    I figured (like most others) it would end with Brady retiring a Patriot – but it looks like he’ll retire a Buc. Montana retired a Chief; Unitas retired a Charger; Favre retired a Viking.

    It’s weird, but it happens.

    The only questions left (and I think they’ll be compelling if the season actually happens – only COVID-19 knows) are:

    How much can the Bucs get out of a 43 year old QB? I’m thinking the best parallel will be Montana in KC – which isn’t bad, but won’t win a Super Bowl.

    How much magic does Belichick really have in him? I’m thinking the Pats still make the playoffs – not so sure about winning the division.

    I think the question of “Was it Brady or Belichick?” will finally be answered with what we knew all along:

    It was both of them together – one doesn’t do it without the other.

  65. war27 says:
    March 17, 2020 at 10:54 pm
    BB went 11-5 with Matt Cassel. The chances of the Patriots at least winning a wild card spot is about 100 times better then noodle armed Tom Brady and the Bucs breaking 500.

    This isn’t Tom Brady from 3 years ago. This is Elvis stuffed in a leather suit 3 sizes too small.
    ————
    You don’t follow Patriots football closely, this is a lame argument. Not only did the Pats have a very easy schedule the year of Cassel but Brady took the same team to 16-0, if you think 5 games is the same you’re senile. Would you say a team that went 12-4 and then 7-9 is the same? Only a 5 game difference right?

  66. Winston threw 30 ints last year. Tom threw 8. EIGHT!!!

    Can you imagine how much better the Bucs will be when they are not giving the other team and extra 1.4 possessions per game?

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