The news that many have been waiting for has reportedly arrived.
According to award winning reporter JP Peterson, the Buccaneers will be signing quarterback Tom Brady and make that announcement Wednesday.
BREAKING! Schedule change the #JPShow with Al Keck going live at 3pm! I have confirmed the @Buccaneers will announce Tom Brady will sign with them tomorrow. We’ve been on this first and will more details on Brady’s next moves #theBig8 820 AM https://t.co/GXRJUOtDHg and on our ap— FanStreamSports JP Peterson (@FanStreamJP) March 17, 2020
On the broadcast, Peterson said the following:
“Two sources earlier said deal is almost done. Another source, a better source, says the deal is not official but are working out the final details. This last source is the most trustworthy
“Brady has decided he wants to play for the Buccaneers. Now it’s just about the terms of the contract.”
He later added that Brady instructed his agent, Don Yee, to “get the deal done” with the Bucs.
If that’s not enough, a report out of Boston is now reporting the same thing.
From my source: the @Buccaneers will announce their deal with @TomBrady tomorrow. The deal is done.— Dale Arnold (@DaleEArnold) March 17, 2020
It’s not over until he can officially sign so there is more room for this to fall through. But boy does this seem to be becoming a reality.
UPDATE (Tuesday March 17, 7:00 p.m.): This really appears to be happening. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted the following out and reported it live on ESPN:
Tampa is the expected landing spot for Tom Brady barring anything unforeseen, sources tell me and @JeffDarlington.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2020
There's no signing date or announcement officially set up, but Brady is expected to be a Buccaneer.
Now, with the caveat that no signing date or announcement is officially set up, there’s no telling how long we’ll have to hope against “anything unforeseen” happening. But when Schefter is tweeting it, you know you can trust it.
As far as something official from the Bucs or Brady himself... The wait continues. Stay tuned.
UPDATE (Tuesday March 17, 7:08 p.m.): NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says the deal between the Bucs and Brady has been agreed to in principle and that it’s believed to be worth around $30 million per year:
To be clear: Former #Patriots QB Tom Brady has an agreement in principle to join the #Bucs, source said. It is believed to be roughly $30M per year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2020