It wasn’t a dream. It wasn’t a ploy. It wasn’t another situation where the Buccaneers had the rug pulled out from under them when pursuing the biggest move possible.
Tom Brady is a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.
It’s unlikely we’ll receive any news as big as that on day one of free agency, but we’re going to keep you up to date with the latest just the same. The Buccaneers may go for another big splash as the move for Brady shows they are all in right now.
Here is the latest relevant news from across the league, with the most recent at the top.
Jason Pierre-Paul two years, $25M, $20M gtd, salaries $6.5M (gtd), $12.5M ($7.5M gtd for inj at signing, $5M gtd for skill, cap at signing, another $2.5M gtd for skill-cap if on roster 5th day 2021; $6M roster bonus 3rd day 2020; $1M sacks, Pro Bowl incentive annual— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 19, 2020
Bucs and Tom Brady still trying to finalize contract language as of Wednesday night and those discussions will go into Thursday, per source. Contract language more challenging this off-season than any time in recent memory. No problems forseen with Bucs-Brady, but no deal yet.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2020
... And really, that sort of setup isn't unlike how his negotiations went in New England. The two teams involved -- the Buccaneers and Chargers -- were both amenable to these conditions.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 19, 2020
Which basically gave Brady his pick (and we've been over why it was Tampa).
I'm told S Karl Joseph has agreed to terms with the #Browns, per source.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 19, 2020
After being released today by the Bengals, guard John Miller is signing a one-year, $4 million deal with the Panthers, per @RosenhausSports.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2020
One NFC head coach says Tom Brady in Tampa Bay is going to be a “nightmare” for the rest of the league because TB12 wants to prove he’s responsible for the dynasty:— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 18, 2020
“That’s a dangerous thing for the rest of us.”
(via B/R’s @mikefreemanNFL) pic.twitter.com/T5ZBXE6QuY
It’s a reunion type of day: The #Seahawks are bringing back old friend and DE Bruce Irvin, source said. The former first-round draft pick heads home to Seattle.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2020
Bucs kept Barrett, Pierre-Paul, Auclair, lost Nassib to the Raiders. But 15 other free agents are now out there unsigned:— Greg Auman (@gregauman) March 18, 2020
Bucs officially did not tender three exclusive-rights free agents, making them unrestricted free agents: OL Mike Liedtke, WR Bryant Mitchell, S Orion Stewart. All three missed all of last season with injuries. Could come back to challenge for backup spots later when healthy.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) March 18, 2020
Former Saints’ CB Eli Apple is signing with the Las Vegas Raiders, as @Jerrymcd also reported.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2020
Former Bears' pass rusher Leonard Floyd is signing a one-year, $10 million worth up to $13 with the Rams, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2020
#Rams free agent pass-rusher Dante Fowler is expected to sign with the #Falcons, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. A high-end pass-rusher lands in Atlanta. Coach Dan Quinn actually coached Fowler while at Florida.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2020
Brady also was intrigued by the prospect of working with Bucs coach Bruce Arians, who has a long history of getting the most out of elite quarterbacks.— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) March 18, 2020
QB trade: Jacksonville is trading QB Nick Foles to Chicago for the Bears’ compensatory fourth-round pick, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2020
Bears’ coaches such as Matt Nagy have worked with Foles in past and know him well.
Marty Hurney signed Eric Reid to a 3-year extension 13 months ago. Cutting him saves Panthers $3M vs. the cap, but adds $5M more in dead money.— Joe Person (@josephperson) March 18, 2020
Related: Panthers are the runaway leaders in dead cap at around $34.5M.
Tom Brady doesn’t just blow the Buccaneers' history out of the water: he has three times as many titles as the Bucs, Rays and Lightning combined and more division titles, in 73 fewer seasons. pic.twitter.com/mj7BzbPRDl— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 18, 2020
Tom Brady-Bucs update: While there won’t be any last-minute snags, the two sides still are going over the language in the contract before it can be finalized, per league sources. But nothing expected to prevent Brady from announcing that he is the new Bucs’ QB.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2020
As @TomPelissero and I discussed on TV, the word among teams interested in Tom Brady were among the impression that Brady wanted to bring Antonio Brown with him to a new team. Brown is still under investigation, and remains to be seen when he can play. But Brady is close with him— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2020