NFL Rumors: More Details On Why Tom Brady Chose Buccaneers In Free Agency


March 18, 2020

It became clear Tuesday after Tom Brady announced he wasn’t returning to the New England Patriots that two teams had emerged as frontrunners for the quarterback’s services: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Chargers.

It then was reported a short time later that Brady planned to sign with the Bucs, who are moving on from quarterback Jameis Winston five years after selecting him No. 1 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.

So, what exactly went into Brady’s decision?

NFL Media’s Jim Trotter shed some light on the subject Wednesday while appearing on NFL Network, before then circling back later in the day via Twitter to add more context.

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Basically, according to Trotter, both the Buccaneers and Chargers were willing to meet Brady’s request for a two-year contract worth at least $60 million guaranteed. Brady ultimately wanted to stay on the East Coast, though, as his son from a previous relationship lives in the New York area and the Brady family spends a lot of leisure time in Miami, Costa Rica and South America.

If true, this would explain why Brady, who grew up in California, turned down a chance to return home in favor of heading to Florida. As Trotter mentioned, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians also played a role in Brady’s decision-making process, as he’s earned a reputation for maximizing the performance of elite quarterbacks.

It was easy to assume in the immediate aftermath of Tuesday’s reports that Brady might have chosen the Bucs because they’re well-stocked with offensive weapons — something he didn’t have in New England last season — but it certainly appears his decision was more about family than anything else.

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