Brady decided to leave the Patriots after spending 20 seasons with the team, winning six Super Bowls and three MVP awards. Taking his talents to Tampa, Fla., sent shock waves through some of Brady’s colleagues throughout the NFL.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne called Brady’s move motivation.
A few others said it was weird Brady was going to join the Buccaneers.
The NFL Network reported Tuesday night that Brady and the Buccaneers have reached “an agreement in principle.” According to the NFL Network and ESPN, the deal is worth around $30 million. The duration of the deal is unknown.
The 42-year-old quarterback will join a Buccaneers team that features high-powered wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin along with tight end O.J. Howard. With Jameis Winston as quarterback last season, he had 33 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions along with 5,109 passing yards. Tampa Bay finished 7-9.
The Buccaneers would certainly benefit from a quarterback like Brady, who has an experienced championship pedigree. New England made the playoffs in 17 of the 20 seasons Brady was with the Patriots.