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Tom Brady announces official contract with Tampa Bay Buccaneers in ‘new football journey’


Tom Brady is officially on board with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The former New England Patriots quarterback announced Friday he was joining the team in the start of what he called “a new football journey.” The six-time Super Bowl champion and three-time MVP agreed to terms on a contract Tuesday but needed to take a physical to complete the deal.

The contract is for two years and a fully guaranteed $50 million with another $9 million in incentives, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The agreement also prevents the Buccaneers from using the franchise tag to retain Brady at the completion of the deal, per Schefter.

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Brady announced the deal in a message posted to his Instagram.

“Excited, humble and hungry …if there is one thing I have learned about football, it’s that nobody cares what you did last year or the year before that…you earn the trust and respect of those around through your commitment every single day,” Brady wrote. “I’m starting a new football journey and thankful for the @buccaneers for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do. I look forward to meeting all my new teammates and coaches and proving to them that they can believe and trust in me…I have always believed that well done is better than well said, so I’m gonna not gonna say much more – I’m just gonna get to work! #Year1”

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Brady, 42, parts with the Patriots after a 20-year run with the franchise in which he rose from a sixth-round draft pick to become arguably the most decorated and accomplished player in NFL history.

In Tampa, he joins a franchise that has the NFL’s second-longest active playoff drought, with the Buccaneers not having made the postseason since 2007. The team hasn’t won in the playoffs since the 2002 season, in which it won its lone Super Bowl.

“Tom is a proven champion who has achieved greatness on the field because he demands the best out of himself and his teammates,” Buccaneers GM Jason Licht said in a statement by the team. “I’ve known Tom since we drafted him in New England 20 years ago and through this process it became very clear that his desire to be a champion burns as strong today as it ever has. He possesses the type of rare natural leadership qualities that will immediately impact our entire organization.”

The Buccaneers ranked first in passing (302.8 yards per game) last season under former starting quarterback Jameis Winston, who now is a free agent. Brady will have one of the NFL’s premier wide receiver tandems in Pro Bowl selections Chris Godwin and Mike Evans.

“Tom is the most successful quarterback in the history of our league, but what makes him so special is his ability to make those around him better,” Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said in a statement. “I have had the privilege to work with some of the best passers in our game, and the characteristics they all possessed were the ability to lead and get the best out of their teammates. Tom is no different. He is a proven winner who will provide the leadership, accountability and work ethic necessary to lead us to our goal of winning another championship.”

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tom Brady announces official contract with Tampa Bay Buccaneers in ‘new football journey’

Related slideshow: A Career in Photos: Tom Brady (provided by photo services)

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Tom Brady and his daughter, Vivian, celebrate after winning Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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Tom Brady (left) and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman attend a basketball game between Syracuse and North Carolina at the Carrier Dome.

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Tom Brady reacts after the New England Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium, sending them to Super Bowl LIII.

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Tom Brady (second from right) joins (from left) Brett Favre, John Elway, Roger Staubach, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana and Dan Marino as the NFL honored these QBs as part of the NFL 100 All Time Team before Super Bowl LIV.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown with center David Andrews during the first half of the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

                  <p>6/37 SLIDES                  © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>Tom Brady attends UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena.</p>                      <p>7/37 SLIDES                  © Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrate their third quarter touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium.</p>                      <p>8/37 SLIDES                  © Winslow Townson, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>Tom Brady smiles during his news conference following the New England Patriots' playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans.</p>                      <p>9/37 SLIDES                  © Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>Tom Brady holds up the Lamar Hunt Trophy after the 2017 AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium.</p>                      <p>Slideshow continues on the next slide

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Gillette Stadium.

                  <p>11/37 SLIDES                  © Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-38 in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium.</p>                      <p>12/37 SLIDES                  © Peter Cosgrove, Associated Press</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>Super Bowl XXXVI MVP Tom Brady rides with Mickey Mouse in a parade at Disney's MGM Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Monday, Feb 4, 2002. Brady led the New England Patriots to an unpset victory over the St. Louis Rams.</p>                      <p>13/37 SLIDES                  © Julie Jacobson, AP</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is lifted in the air by his teammates Logan Mankins (70) and Russ Hochstein, left, after Brady threw a 65-yard touchdown to Randy Moss in the fourth quarter of a game against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007. Brady broke the single-season record with his 50th touchdown pass and Moss broke the single season-record with his 23rd touchdown reception on the play. Brady's record would later be broken by Peyton Manning, who threw 55 in 2013.</p>                      <p>14/37 SLIDES                  © Elise Amendola, Associated Press</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) loses the ball after being brought down by Oakland Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson, right, while Greg Biekert (54) moves to recover the ball in the fourth quarter of their AFC divisional playoff game in Foxboro, Mass. Saturday night, Jan. 19, 2002. The play was appealed, and the Patriots retained possession and went on to win the game.</p>                      <p>Slideshow continues on the next slide

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New England Patriots players Troy Brown (80) and Tom Brady talk to each other prior to having their photo taken as part of the Pro Bowl group of players from the Patriots during media day Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002 in New Orleans.

                  <p>16/37 SLIDES                  © Michael Dwyer, AP</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>ORG XMIT: MAMD101 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady greets his son Jack on the field after training camp on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, in Foxborough, Mass.</p>                      <p>17/37 SLIDES                  © Eliot J. Schechter, Getty Images</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>Tom Brady and Jason Kapner of the Michigan Wolverines celebrate after winning the Orange Bowl Game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida.</p>                      <p>18/37 SLIDES                  © Chris Humphreys, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) have words after a play.</p>                      <p>19/37 SLIDES                  © Ken Blaze, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with tight end Martellus Bennett (88) after a touchdown during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.</p>                      <p>20/37 SLIDES                  © Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) leads the team onto the field before the game against Oakland Raiders at Gillette Stadium.</p>                      <p>21/37 SLIDES                  © Winslow Townson, AP</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>Tom Brady threw six touchdown passes in a team-record 619 yard attack in a 59-0 win over the Tennessee Titans in 2009.</p>                      <p>22/37 SLIDES                  © Erich Schlegel, Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>Oct 11, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-224594 ORIG FILE ID: 20151011_pjc_si4_191.JPG</p>                      <p>23/37 SLIDES                  © Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>Tom Brady hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium.</p>                      <p>24/37 SLIDES                  © David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium.</p>                      <p>25/37 SLIDES                  © Charles Sykes, Charles Sykes/Invision/AP</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>Gisele Bundchen, left, and Tom Brady attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between exhibition on Monday, May 1, 2017, in New York.</p>                      <p>26/37 SLIDES                  © Chris Humphreys, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) meet on the field after the AFC Championship Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.</p>                      <p>27/37 SLIDES                  © Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrate after beating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium.</p>                      <p>28/37 SLIDES                  © James Lang, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after a touchdown during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2016 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium.</p>                      <p>29/37 SLIDES                  © Stew Milne, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hoists the Lombardi Trophy as he rides a duck boat during the Super Bowl LI parade.</p>                      <p>30/37 SLIDES                  © Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick hold up Vince Lombardi Trophies while standing in front of city hall during the Super Bowl LI Champions parade through downtown Boston.</p>                      <p>31/37 SLIDES                  © John David Mercer, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts to the game winning touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during over time during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium.</p>                      <p>32/37 SLIDES                  © Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) shake hands after Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium.</p>                      <p>33/37 SLIDES                  © Chris Humphreys, USA TODAY Sports</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) scrabbles for yardage with Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib (21) defending during the first half in the AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.</p>                      <p>34/37 SLIDES                  © John Amis, Associated Press</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>Michigan's Tom Brady talks with Egert McLeod at the Day for Kids Festival at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 29. 1998.</p>                      <p>35/37 SLIDES                  © Ben Margot, AP</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>In this Feb. 9, 2006 file photo, New England Patriots football quarterback Tom Brady, left, hugs his father Tom Brady Sr. on the first hole of the Poppy Hills course during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif.</p>                      <p>36/37 SLIDES                  © Jamie Squire, Getty Images</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates defeating the Seattle Seahawks with his wife Gisele Bundchen and son Benjamin during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.</p>                      <p>37/37 SLIDES                  © Mark Humphrey, AP</p><!-- slide body text  --><p>New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) poses for a photo with his parents, Tom and Galynn Brady, in Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, in Indianapolis.</p>                      <p>37/37 SLIDES</p><em></em><p>  

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