Updated: 7:05 p.m.
Minutes after the Eagles made what will unquestionably go down as the biggest quarterback move in the NFL on Tuesday, some guy named Tom announced that he’s leaving his job in Massachusetts after 20 years.
And he did it on his social media accounts.
LOVE YOU PATS NATION pic.twitter.com/lxSQZmnjPL— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) March 17, 2020
For now, it seems pretty hard to believe that Brady is really leaving New England. But things had been trending this way. Even back at the combine, there was a growing sense that Brady really would be leaving the Patriots.
And stuff like this is the reason why:
In the end, a tangible effort by the Patriots to keep Tom Brady in New England never happened. No negotiation. Just the intimation that it was on Brady to say what he wanted. For Brady, that stance spoke volumes.— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) March 17, 2020
So now what’s next for the greatest quarterback in NFL history?
After 20 years in the AFC, he's reportedly switching over the NFC in 2020.
To be clear: Former #Patriots QB Tom Brady has an agreement in principle to join the #Bucs, source said. It is believed to be roughly $30M per year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2020
The Bucs had seemed like the favorite for a while. Even though the Bucs went 7-9 last season, they have some real weapons like Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. And Jameis Winston was able to throw for 5,000 yards last season but also threw 30 interceptions. Imagine the possibility of a talented quarterback in that offense, but one who doesn’t have a penchant for throwing it to the other team too.
Since he’s spent his entire 20-year career in the AFC, Brady has faced the Eagles just seven times total — five times in the regular season and twice in the Super Bowl. He’s 5-2 in those games, with his most-recent loss to the Eagles coming in Super Bowl LII (remember that one??).
Here’s a look at every game he’s played against the Eagles:
9/14/03: W 31-10 — 30/44, 255 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
* 2/6/05: W 24-21 — 23/33, 236 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
11/25/07: W 31-18 — 34/54, 380 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
11/27/11: W 38-20 — 24/34, 361 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
12/6/15: L 28-35 — 29/56, 312 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
* 2/4/18: L 33-41 — 28/48, 505 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
11/17/19: W 17-10 — 26/47, 216 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
* Super Bowls
Even thought Brady is in Tampa Bay for 2020, the Eagles won’t have to worry about him in the regular season. The Eagles don’t have the Bucs on the schedule. But there’s a chance the Eagles could see him in the playoffs.
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