The deed is done.
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 gonna not gonna say much more - I'm just gonna get to work! #Year1 p.s. Jack Brady with the photocred 😀
A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Mar 20, 2020 at 5:33am PDT
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.
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.
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.
Tom Brady makes Bucs signing official via motivational Instagram post originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston