Brady is expected to have a substantial degree of input into coach Bruce Arians' offense on game days this coming season, Luke Easterling of SI.com reports. While this may have been the default assumption of many given Brady's pedigree, there's some question as to how much an offensive system that's typically reliant on longer-developing downfield routes would have to be adapted to fit the future Hall of Famer's skill set and preferences. Brady has enjoyed great success getting the ball out quickly over his career, and Easterling reports the 21-year veteran will have "plenty of control over the call sheet on game day" and will provide Arians with his favorite plays for every in-game scenario. However, the Buccaneers' head man is naturally still expected to weave his trademark aggressiveness into the playcalls, and to that end, Michael Silver of NFL Network recently relayed that Brady has been intensely studying Arians' existing offensive concepts since joining the team. Additionally, Rick Stroud and Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times report Brady and a large contingent of the team's skill-position players have begun working out together at Berkeley Preparatory School now that Florida has considerably loosened COVID-19-related restrictions.
Brady will have former Patriots teammate Rob Gronkowski as his No. 1 tight end in Tampa Bay during the 2020 season following the trade acquisition of the latter Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. The arrival of Gronkowski after his one-year sabbatical first and foremost gives Brady a highly familiar target to work with as he acclimates to the only other team he's suited up for besides the Patriots during his stellar 20-year NFL career. Auman separately notes Brady's 78 career regular-season touchdown passes to Gronkowski are twice as many scoring connections as he's had with any other player, and the down-the-seam threat the 30-year-old tight end represents if healthy will make an already highly potent pass-catching corps even more explosive. With the likes of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin also on hand as his top two wideouts, Brady projects to arguably have the benefit of exponentially better talent around him in 2020 than that which was afforded him during his final campaign in New England.
Brady's two-year deal with the Buccaneers includes $50 million guaranteed along with another $9 million in incentives, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Schefter also notes that the agreement includes a clause that prevents the team from franchise tagging the QB after two years, which suggests that Brady -- who turns 43 in August -- "has ideas of playing beyond this contract." In the meantime, he'll look forward to working with a talented group of pass-catchers in Tampa Bay that currently includes wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, as well as tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.
Brady has officially come to terms with the Buccaneers on a two-year contract, ESPN.com reports. Brady, who turns 43 in August, is coming off a 2019 season in which he threw for 4,057 yards and logged a 27:8 TD:INT in 16 games for the Patriots, which drafted him in 2000. His fantasy prospects this coming campaign should be bolstered by the fact that his supporting cast now includes talented wideouts Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, along with a tight end corps featuring O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate .
Brady finalized a contract Wednesday with the Buccaneers that pays him up to $30 million on an annual basis, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The exact terms of Brady's deal aren't fully known, but he's presumably joining the club on a two-year pact. The deal should become official at some point after 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, when free agents are first eligible to take physicals and sign contracts with teams. Though Brady saw his passing efficiency dip considerably in his final year with New England (60.8 completion percentage, 6.6 yards per attempt), the 42-year-old should at least benefit from a major upgrade in skill-position talent as he heads to Tampa Bay.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||@New Orleans Saints||20||20.18|
|4||10/04||Los Angeles Chargers||8||15.63|
|6||10/18||Green Bay Packers||3||14.33|
|7||10/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|8||11/03||@New York Giants||29||23.88|
|9||11/09||New Orleans Saints||20||20.18|
|11||11/24||Los Angeles Rams||10||17.13|
|12||11/29||Kansas City Chiefs||14||17.89|
|3 Year Avg||64.3||4330||28||9||32||2||336|