New England Patriots legend Tom Brady is expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington are reporting.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport adds that the contract will pay Brady roughly $30-million a season.
Brady, who turns 43 this summer, announced earlier Tuesday he would be leaving the Patriots — the only team he’s ever known over his 20 NFL seasons — as a free agent.
“I don’t know what my football future holds, but it is time for me to open a new stage for my life and my career,” he wrote on Instagram. “Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM experiences.”
Brady leaves New England as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, having led the Patriots to nine Super Bowls, including six wins.
“I had hoped this day would never come, but rather that Tom would end his remarkable career in a Patriots uniform after yet another Super Bowl championship,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the two sides were unable to reach an agreement to allow that dream to become a reality. While sad today, the overwhelming feeling I have is appreciation for his countless contributions to our team and community.”
The Los Angeles Chargers reportedly made a strong push for Brady, who was born San Mateo, CA., but NFL Network’s Jim Trotter reports Brady preferred to remain on the East coast.