|ADP:||Round: 9, Pick: 12|
|Team:||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 225 lb.|
|Born:||August 3, 1977|
|Drafted:||2000 / Rd. 6 (199)|
Brady was described by head coach Bruce Arians on Tuesday as being "way ahead of the curve" in learning the Buccaneers' offense, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports. "He's a very bright guy," Arians added. "The terminology was the big thing and as we now get together, starting tomorrow, we'll start to collaborate a little bit more. I think he's in a great spot right now as far as that goes."
Analysis: Naturally, Brady, Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich haven't had any time together as of yet, although that's about to change with training camp kicking off. However, Brady received Arians' playbook soon after signing and subsequently held informal workouts for several weeks at Berkeley Preparatory School in the Tampa area with all of his key offensive teammates. Consequently, the future Hall of Famer has a strong foundation of the offense coming into camp, and Jenna Laine of ESPN.com previously reported that Arians and Brady will work closely together moving forward on tailoring what they can of the existing system into what the quarterback is most comfortable with. However, it does bear noting Arians isn't planning on coming close to overhauling an aggressive downfield attack he's had considerable success with, calling the process he and Brady will go through as "meeting in the middle" and emphasizing he won't ask the rest of his players "to learn something new when they've already had a good year and good experiences in this offense."
Brady continues to lead private workouts with multiple teammates at a Tampa area high school despite recent multiple health-related concerns, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: The future Hall of Famer began organizing the early-morning sessions several weeks ago at Berkeley Preparatory School. The practice persisted Tuesday despite the rise in COVID-19 cases in Florida, the news that at least two Buccaneers players have tested positive for coronavirus and a strongly worded recommendation from the NFLPA against players congregating for practices until training camp. Brady led a group of approximately 12 players in Tuesday's session, which ran for two hours and included the customary array of pass routes. Stroud also notes what initially began as a smaller gathering of offensive skill-position players has now grown to include cornerback Jamel Dean, as wel as safeties Sean Murphy-Bunting and Mike Edwards.
Brady is expected to have a substantial degree of input into the offense on game days this coming season, Luke Easterling of SI.com reports.
Analysis: While this may have been the default assumption of many given Brady's pedigree, there's some question as to how much an offensive system that's typically reliant on longer-developing downfield routes would have to be adapted to fit the future Hall of Famer's skill set and preferences. Brady has enjoyed great success getting the ball out quickly over his career, and Easterling reports that the 21-year veteran will have "plenty of control over the call sheet on game day" and will provide coach Bruce Arians with his favorite plays for every in-game scenario. However, the Buccaneers' head man is naturally still expected to weave his trademark aggressiveness into the playcalling picture, and to that end, Michael Silver of NFL Network recently relayed that Brady has been intensely studying Arians' offense since his signing.
Brady will have former Patriots teammate Rob Gronkowski as his No. 1 tight end in Tampa Bay during the 2020 season following the trade acquisition of the latter Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The arrival of Gronkowski after his one-year sabbatical first and foremost gives Brady a highly familiar target to work with as he acclimates to the only other team he's suited up for besides the Patriots during his stellar 20-year NFL career. Auman separately notes Brady's 78 career touchdown passes to Gronkowski are twice as many scoring connections as he's had with any other player, and the down-the-seam threat the 30-year-old tight end represents if healthy will make an already highly potent pass-catching corps even more explosive. With the likes of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin also on hand as his top two wideouts, Brady projects to arguably have the benefit of exponentially better talent in 2020 than he enjoyed during his final campaign in New England.
Brady's two-year deal with the Buccaneers includes $50 million guaranteed along with another $9 million in incentives, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Schefter also notes that the agreement includes a clause that prevents the team from franchise tagging the QB after two years, which suggests that Brady -- who turns 43 in August -- "has ideas of playing beyond this contract." In the meantime, he'll look forward to working with a talented group of pass-catchers in Tampa Bay that currently includes wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, as well as tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.
Brady has officially come to terms with the Buccaneers on a two-year contract, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Brady, who turns 43 in August, is coming off a 2019 season in which he threw for 4,057 yards and logged a 27:8 TD:INT in 16 games for the Patriots, who drafted him in 2000. His fantasy prospects this coming campaign should be bolstered by the fact that his supporting cast now includes talented wideouts Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, along with a tight end corps featuring O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate .
Brady finalized a contract Wednesday with the Buccaneers that pays him up to $30 million on an annual basis, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The exact terms of Brady's deal aren't fully known, but he's presumably joining the club on a two-year pact. The deal should become official at some point after 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, when free agents are first eligible to sign contracts after passing physicals. Though Brady saw his passing efficiency dip considerably in his final year with New England (60.8 completion percentage, 6.6 yards per attempt), the 42-year-old should at least benefit from a major upgrade in skill-position talent as he heads to Tampa Bay.
Brady is expected to sign with the Buccaneers as an unrestricted free agent, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: While the sides can't put pen to paper until 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday at the earliest, Brady's landing spot after 20 years with the Patriots is starting to come into focus. Once the move is official, he'll experience quite an upgrade in skill-position talent from what he had at his disposal in 2019: Mike Evans (hamstring) and Chris Godwin (hamstring) at wide receiver, and O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate at tight end.
The Patriots released statements Tuesday from CEO Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick confirming that Brady is leaving the team, while also thanking the QB for his outstanding 20-year tenure with the franchise.
Analysis: Per ESPN.com, the QB indicated earlier in the day via social media that he intended to move on from the franchise that selected him 199th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. The 42-year-old is thus poised to sign with another team after free agency opens. The Patriots currently have QBs Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler under contract, but with Brady's departure looming, it seems likely that the team will add a veteran signal caller either via trade or free agency.
Brady wrote an Instagram post suggesting he won't re-sign with the Patriots.
Analysis: The first post says, "my football journey will take place elsewhere" and the second says, "I don't know what my football future holds but it is time for me to open a new stage for my life and career." It's a clear indicator Brady won't be back with the Patriots in 2020, instead turning his focus toward finding a new team. Recent reports have connected him with the Buccaneers and Chargers.
Now that Brady's agent can hear from other teams, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relays that the Chargers and Buccaneers are expected inquire about potentially signing the veteran QB.
Analysis: Rapoport adds that "of course New England wants him back," but in any case, Brady -- who the Patriots drafted back in 2000 -- is free to explore other options as NFL free agency looms. The 42-year-old is coming off a 2019 season in which he threw for 4,057 yards and logged a 27:8 TD:INT ratio in 16 games.
The Patriots haven't reached out to Brady to discuss a new contract, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports.
Analysis: On that note, ESPN's Jeff Darlington says he would be "stunned" if Brady re-sign with the Patriots. It sounds like an overstatement, but the point remains that the 42-year-old quarterback is seriously considering signing with a new team, or at least will listen to offers as a free agent next month. Potential suitors include the Raiders, Chargers, Colts, Titans and Bucs.
The Patriots are reportedly willing to offer Brady "in excess of $30 million per year" in order to keep the 42-year-old QB with the team, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Analysis: Brady, has in the past played on team-friendly contracts, but this time around it appears as though he's not looking to take a "home-town discount" in advance of free agency, which opens up on March 18. While the report indicates that the Patriots "are intent on keeping Brady," the veteran signal-caller could draw interest from the likes of the Chargers, as well as the Raiders, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. In any case, Brady will undoubtedly consider other variables on top of salary (for example, the quality of his supporting cast) prior to deciding where he'll play in 2020.
Brady said he is "open-minded about the process" of becoming an unrestricted free agent, Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal reports.
Analysis: Asked about the possibility of playing for a different team, Brady predictably gave an evasive answer, neither confirming nor denying that he'd consider leaving the Patriots. His expiring contract includes a provision that precludes the team from using a franchise tag, but the Patriots do have exclusive negotiating rights until the 'legal tampering' period begins March 16. Free agency doesn't officially open until 4 p.m. ET on March 18, at which point Brady should be fully recovered from the foot and elbow injuries that bothered him toward the end of the 2019 campaign. His recent comments suggest retirement isn't being taken as a serious option at the moment.
Brady played through a foot injury in addition to a lingering elbow issue over the final quarter of the Patriots' season, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Neither injury kept Brady from missing time, with the veteran signal-caller starting all 16 regular-season games along with Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Titans in the wild-card round of the playoffs. With that in mind, Brady's offseason training program shouldn't be interrupted in any significant way, but it's uncertain what the future might hold for the 42-year-old. Brady suggested after the postseason loss that "it's pretty unlikely" he'll retire in 2020, putting him on track to become a free agent in March. Whether the three-time MVP returns to New England for a 21st season or heads elsewhere for the first time in his career remains to be seen.
Brady completed 20 of 37 pass attempts for 209 yards and an interception in the team's wild-card round loss to the Titans.
Analysis: Brady led the Patriots on scoring drives on each of their first two possessions, resulting in 10 of their 13 points. However, the team was able to muster only 85 total yards in the second half, leading to his subpar stat-line. Faced with a rotating supporting cast throughout the season, Brady posted one of the worst statistical performances of his career. Though now eliminated from the playoffs, Brady will remain in the spotlight as he is set to be a free agent, meaning he could play for a team other than New England for the first time in his career, or opt to retire at the age of 42.
Brady completed 16 of 29 passes for 221 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Patriots' 27-24 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.
Analysis: Brady put together serviceable final numbers from a fantasy perspective, but his pick-six early in the contest certainly gave the Dolphins an emotional boost that they'd ultimately parlay into an upset. The future Hall of Famer also couldn't get New England into field-goal range when he got the ball back with 24 seconds left, completing just one of three attempts before a series of laterals on the final play that culminated in a fumble. Brady and the Patriots now head into the postseason in worrisome fashion and with a complete absence of momentum on the offensive side of the ball, as the 42-year-old has now completed less than 56.0 percent of his throws in six of his last seven contests.
Brady completed 26 of 33 pass attempts for 271 yards and one touchdown during Saturday's 24-17 win against the Bills. He also collected four rushing yards on four carries.
Analysis: The sage Brady pulled even to his arch nemesis Peyton Manning on the NFL's all-time passing touchdowns list (539), as New England captured its 11th consecutive division championship by virtue of a narrow victory over Buffalo. Though his final stat sheet doesn't necessarily pop off the page, Brady delivered in the clutch moments Saturday by delivering back-to-back second-half scoring drives to overcome a 17-13 deficit. The two possessions spanned 136 yards and chewed 10:35 of time off the clock, while providing a field goal, a Rex Burkhead touchdown run, as well as a successful two-point pass from Brady to Julian Edelman. On an afternoon in which Buffalo was incapable of generating a single sack, Brady picked apart the Bills secondary to the tune of a 78.8 percent completion rate -- a vast improvement from the 51.5 completion percentage he established Weeks 11 through 15. Brady is unlikely to be among the most explosive fantasy options for Week 17, but he's a high-floor proposition with the Patriots taking on a Miami defense that he picked apart for 264 passing yards and two TDs during a Week 2 win.
Brady completed 15 of 29 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 34-13 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: Much has been made this season about Brady's lack of trust in his receivers, but the veteran passer sure continues to have faith in running back James White, who took a flip out into the flat for a 23-yard touchdown to cap New England's opening drive. With a suffocating defensive performance and strong ground game, Brady didn't have to do much else down the stretch. A nice, efficient performance was a welcomed sight, but Brady is still in the middle of arguably the biggest statistical rut of his career. He hasn't reached a 56% completion percentage in six of his last seven games, has been held under 200 yards in three of his last four games, and hasn't had a quarterback rating of 100 or above since Week 5. That streak may well extend Sunday against a Bills defense that held Brady to 150 yards, no touchdowns and a pick in Week 4.
Brady (right elbow) practiced fully Wednesday.
Analysis: It's possible that the veteran QB could have his practice reps scaled back some Thursday, as he did last week, but at this stage there's little doubt that Brady will be out there Sunday against the Bengals.
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