If one year ago someone would have proclaimed that Tom Brady would soon become the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it would have been mocked as a laughable prediction.
Brady won six Super Bowls and spent two decades with the New England Patriots and the idea of him ever playing anywhere else seemed far-fetched. Leaving New England for a team that hasn’t made the playoff since 2007 only would have seemed more impossible.
Yet that is exactly what Brady has decided, after it was announced on Tuesday that he would sign a contract with the Buccaneers.
Brady choosing the Buccaneers definitely makes sense financially, as they have reportedly agreed to a contract that will pay him roughly $30 million annually. Also since there is no state income tax in Florida, Brady’s contract with Tampa is even more valuable.
While the money was part of the equation, Brady’s decision to sign with the Bucs really came down to his family wanting to stay on the East Coast and his desire to win.
While the Buccaneers have by no means been juggernauts in the NFC South, there is a lot of potential for Brady to take that offense and propel it to the next level.
Last year, Jameis Winston led the NFL in passing with Tampa, throwing for 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also led the league in interceptions however, making far too many mistakes to win.
Brady will protect the ball much better and can utilize the elite skill position players that includes superstar wide receiver Mike Evans.
Evans has been one of the most productive receivers in the NFL since coming into the league in 2014. He has eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first six seasons, doing so in just 13 games last year.
Tampa also has Chris Godwin, who is coming off a year in which he had 1,333 yards himself. O.J. Howard has the potential to be an elite tight end for Brady as well and the Bucs could still add to this offense.
It has long been rumored that Brady wants to once again play with Antonio Brown, after the controversial receiver only got to play a single game with Patriots last year before being released. Now those two could be reunited in Tampa.
Finally there has also been some rumors that the Buccaneers are interested in trading with the Los Angeles Rams to get Todd Gurley, which could give them the most star-studded offense in the NFL.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have only won the Super Bowl once in their history, winning Super Bowl XXXVII back in 2002.
Brady hopes to make history in Tampa this season and do something that has never been done before.
While the idea of Tom Brady playing for any team other than the New England Patriots always seemed impossible, now that it has happened, it is starting to make a lot of sense to see the G.O.A.T. play in Tampa.
Patrick Mahomes Signs Largest Contract in Sports History
For the first time in the history of sports, an athlete has signed a contract worth half a billion dollars. That athlete is coming off the heels of winning his first Super Bowl MVP and hopes to have a long career of personal and team success ahead of him.
In his first two seasons playing in the NFL, Patrick Mahomes has won a league MVP and the Super Bowl. Now Mahomes has signed a 10-year contract extension worth $503 million.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the contract is a 10-year deal worth $45 million a year, which will pay Mahomes $450 million over that span. Assuming he stays healthy, Mahomes will be the quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs through the 2031 season. If he does get hurt, there is still $140 million in injury guarantees.
Along with the $450 million, Mahomes has guarantee mechanisms in his contract (to account for the rising salary cap) that can take his contract up to $477 million. If those mechanisms aren’t met, Mahomes can opt out of the deal.
Finally, there are $25 million in incentives that Mahomes can reach, taking the total potential value of his new contract to $503 million.
At just 24 years old, Mahomes has quickly became regarded as the best quarterback in the NFL. He has now proven he can win and play well in the biggest moments, while producing gaudy statistics along the way.
There is truly no telling what the Chiefs will do over the next 12 years that they have Mahomes as the face of the franchise. It is clear though that they believe they have a dynasty on their hands and Mahomes will get paid handsomely through every minute of it.
Patriots Dynasty Given New Life with Cam Newton Signing
When Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the AFC East looked to be wide-open for the time in two decades. The New England Patriots were set to go into this season with unproven young quarterback Jarrett Stidham and journeyman Brian Hoyer.
Then over the weekend, Bill Belichick once again reminded everyone why the Patriots have been atop the sport for so long, as his patience paid off and they landed a former MVP quarterback to replace the one that left them in free agency.
Cam Newton is coming off an injury-plagued season that saw him play just two games, leading to his eventual release by the Carolina Panthers this offseason. Still, he signs with the Patriots on a one-year deal which comes at incredible value for New England.
Newton was the league MVP in 2015, when he led the Panthers to the Super Bowl after going 15-1 in the regular season. He has been one of the most elite dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL since arriving to league as the first overall pick back in 2011.
Across the first eight seasons of his career, Newton averaged 3,500 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 600 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns per season. Now due to the unprecedented circumstances of this offseason, he simply fell into New England’s laps.
The most money that Newton will make this season in $7.5 million if he hits all of his incentives. There also is not any provision in his contract that prohibits the Patriots from putting the franchise tag on him next year if Newton has a big year.
Essentially the Patriots landed, at worst, one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league on a minimum deal if he does not win the starting job. Assuming he is healthy, Newton is an affordable quarterback that can have a monster bounce-back year and lead the Patriots for the next few seasons.
Once again the New England Patriots have become the envy of all teams in the NFL. Only time will tell though if the dynasty truly can live one without Tom Brady.
Andy Dalton Signs One-Year Deal with the Dallas Cowboys
When the Cincinnati Bengals released Andy Dalton, everyone was wondering where the 32-year-old quarterback would sign now that he was a free agent.
The New England Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars were among some of the potential landing spots that were suspected to pique Dalton’s interest, but nobody had him signing with the Dallas Cowboys.
Yet that is exactly where Dalton will end up, as the Cowboys shocked everyone on Saturday night by signing him to a one-year deal worth up to $7 million.
You can imagine that playing for the Cowboys was always a dream for Dalton, as he was born and raised in Katy, Texas, which is located about three hours outside of Dallas.
Dalton went on to play college football at Texas Christian University and would set nearly all school quarterback records during his time with the Horned Frogs. Dalton was then drafted by the Bengals with the 35th overall pick back in 2011.
He has gone on to have a very good NFL career starting for the Bengals and will now look to compete with Dak Prescott in Dallas.
If all goes as planned for the Cowboys, Prescott won’t miss any time next season and Dalton won’t ever see the field. But by signing Dalton, the Cowboys have a great contingency plan in place.
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