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Report: Tom Brady is expected to sign with Tampa Bay

Tom Brady, Buccaneers

Free agent quarterback Tom Brady is expected to sign a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, a shocking move that will part him from six-time Super Bowl champion AFC East franchise New England Patriots, where he spent 20 years.

According to Schefter, there is no timeline for when Brady and the Buccaneers will officially ink a contract. Yesterday reports surfaced that the future Hall of Fame signal-caller would not re-sign with his longtime franchise Patriots, leading to several teams being named in the mix for the former 199th-overall draft pick, including the Los Angeles Chargers and, at one point, the San Francisco 49ers, before they bowed out of the sweepstakes days ago.

Brady appears intent on starting a whole new chapter in his storied NFL career, though, by landing in Tampa Bay and joining head coach Bruce Arians and top offensive weapons in wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. At age 42 (and turning 43 in August) it will be interesting to see what he has left in his arm while joining a completely new-to-him offense.

Brady and the Patriots fell short of title-contending goals in the 2019 season, dropping the last game of the season against division rival Miami Dolphins in Week 17, which stripped them of a first-round bye. Then, in the AFC Wild Card Round, New England lost in an upset to the Tennessee Titans, sending Brady home without a chance at another Super Bowl matchup.

It’s a new chapter in the future Hall of Famer’s professional tenure since joining the Patriots two decades ago.