As we await some sort of official word on Tom Brady joining the Buccaneers, there's still plenty to keep an eye on in free agency. The NFC South is now quickly adjusting to the news that they will face the six time Super Bowl champion twice a season for the foreseeable future.
As of late last night, Brady and the Bucs were still finalizing the language in the contract, which had been more trying than usual given the facility shutdowns across the league. Have no fear though, Bucs fans - as Adam Schefter said, there is no reason to believe this deal won't be done. Everything is agreed upon, it's just about the legality of the contract language.
Here's all the latest from around the league with the most recent up first;
Bucs agree to terms with WR Bryant Mitchell on a 1-year deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2020
Per source the Rams are currently in discussions regarding a possible trade of RB Todd Gurley.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 19, 2020
If we're presuming $30m for Brady, Bucs should have about $22 million in remaining cap space after deals to keep Barrett and JPP. Again, they can create more room as necessary. https://t.co/UAfisedxCk— Greg Auman (@gregauman) March 19, 2020
No concern over finding a doctor to perform Tom Brady’s physical. He’s able to make that happen today in New York. It would be ideal if it was the Bucs’ team doctors — but these are unprecedented times and everyone is on the same page. Everything is moving along just fine.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) March 19, 2020
Eagles are trading a third- and fifth-round pick in 2020 draft to Detroit for Darius Slay, per source. https://t.co/o2LPCtHK0M— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2020
Darius Slay is traded to the Eagles, source tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2020
One issue for the #Bucs and Tom Brady — same issue most FAs are having — teams can’t send a private plane to pick him up & take him to the facility. Or off-site. It’s not allowed. And they can’t travel to see him. So getting a physical with a doctor everyone agrees on is tricky.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2020
We all heard about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers presentation to Tom Brady’s camp.... I was trying to find out what that means....a PowerPoint? a hype video? (He Got Game style)— Dianna (@diannaESPN) March 19, 2020
I was told it was just a strong dialogue, a “sales” pitch. Their weapons being the strong selling point!
Since word surfaced that Tom Brady is expected to land in Tampa, an unexpected high number of players have reached out to the Buccaneers to let them know they want to join the former Patriots’ QB there, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2020
I'm told there are ongoing discussions right now regarding the framework of a 3-year extension as part of a trade that would send CB Darius Slay to the #Eagles, per source.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 19, 2020
2) To paraphrase, Arians said he would ask Brady if he wanted to master the Bucs' scheme... or if the QB wanted 20-plus players (some of whom, perhaps, were less gifted when it comes to football intelligence) to figure out the one to which he was accustomed. Fair question...— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 18, 2020
4) When I asked Arians about the notion that some viewed Brady as a poor fit for his offense--because the coach likes using seven-stop drops, deep throws and other routes that don't always develop quickly--he shrugged and said it wouldn't be an issue...— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 18, 2020
6) Brady's primary reason for wanting to leave the Pats was that, as great as his collaboration with Bill Belichick was, he'd decided that two decades was enough. If you're looking for the anti-Belichick in terms of vibe... Arians is pretty much that guy...— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 18, 2020