The deed is done.
Tom Brady announced he's joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers via Instagram on Friday morning, posting a photo of himself signing what appears to be his contract.
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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. 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 not gonna say much more - I’m just gonna get to work! #Year1 p.s. Jack Brady with the photocred 😀
The Bucs also confirmed their signing of Brady via Twitter. It's a two-year contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Tom Brady is officially a Tampa Bay Buccaneer!— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) March 20, 2020
"I’m starting a new football journey and thankful for the @buccaneers for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do," Brady wrote in a lengthy Instagram caption, adding that he's "excited, humble and hungry" and looks forward to meeting his new Tampa Bay coaches and teammates.
Brady's signing ends a two-day delay in the deal becoming official that reportedly was caused by the coronavirus pandemic altering his plans to complete a physical. But the 42-year-old was set to complete his physical Friday in New York, per a report, and it looks like things went smoothly.
Reports first tied Brady to the Bucs on Tuesday after the 42-year-old announced he'd be moving on from the Patriots via social media.
Brady reportedly had another serious suitor in the Los Angeles Chargers, but Tampa Bay had too much to offer: A talented group of pass-catchers, a player-friendly head coach, plenty of cap space and relative proximity to Brady's family in New York.
With the six-time Super Bowl champion under center, the Bucs could be a legitimate NFC contender in 2020.
As for the Patriots, who need a quarterback for the first time in two decades? They could roll with second-year signal-caller Jarrett Stidham or target a veteran arm via free agency or trade.
In the meantime, though, Patriots fans will be subject to the disturbing visual of Brady in red and pewter -- and to a Bucs franchise celebrating its signing of the greatest quarterback of all time.