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Tom Brady free agency odds: Bucs new favorites to sign QB
Find line reports, best bets, and subscribe to push notifications in the Betting News section. New England is no longer in the driver's seat to retain Tom Brady's services. That's according to the latest odds from bookmakers, who priced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-150) as short favorites to sign Brady away from the Patriots (+110). Those two teams are the clear betting front-runners ahead of Wednesday's official start to NFL free agency. ThoseNew England is no longer in the driver's seat to retain Tom Brady's services.
It would be fair to assume the, one of the NFL's least successful franchises, needed to sell themselves in their meeting with legendary quarterback .
But Bucs general manager Jason Licht says the six-time Super Bowl champion made the sales pitch during their first talk after free agency began.
"We had a great conversation - (head coach) Bruce (Arians) and I - we talked to him for over an hour and a half. And he made it clear in the conversation that he was very, very interested," Licht said Monday on "Get Up," according to.
"It was almost like a recruitment on his part, telling us why it would make sense for him to come to Tampa Bay. The next call we made, we signed him, but it was at that phone call that we realized, that we felt like we had him," he added.
Report: Bucs, Brady agree in principle on deal worth $30M per year
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to be Tom Brady's landing spot barring any unforeseen developments, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Brady and the Buccaneers have an agreement in principle worth roughly $30 million per season, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports, citing a source. The Los Angeles Chargers were also a late candidate to sign Brady, but the quarterback's camp led them to believe he'd sign with a team in the east due to family considerations, NFL Network's Jim Trotter reported.Tampa Bay selected quarterback Jameis Winston first overall in the 2015 draft, but he's never led the Buccaneers to the playoffs.
Brady made the stunning decision to leave the New England Patriots following an unprecedented 20-year run.
Speculation about Brady's future dominated the NFL news cycle prior to free agency, with the Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, and Tennessee Titans widely regarded as the most likely landing spots.
But the Bucs swooped in late to secure the passer on a two-year deal reportedly worth $50 million fully guaranteed, with another $9 million available in incentives.
Some failed to connect Brady to Tampa Bay partly because of the questionable stylistic fit with Arians. However, Licht is confident the 42-year-old can thrive in the head coach's downfield-oriented scheme.
"The tape showed to us that he had plenty of arm. In fact, we thought that he had an ideal arm for Bruce in his system," Licht said. "He can still throw it deep. We felt like the mobility was still the same as he's always had, which, he's never been able to outrun anybody. But he certainly is good in the pocket in terms of eluding pressure and with his poise and his instincts.
"We did not see a decline in his arm talent whatsoever. And, in fact, we feel like he could still play for over two years for us, and hopefully that's the case."
Brady changed teams for the first time after producing one of the worst statistical seasons of his storied career in 2019. The future Hall of Famer threw for 4,057 yards and 24 touchdowns with eight interceptions while completing 60.8% of his pass attempts.
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It doesn't seem like Tampa's hopes for landing Tom Brady were particularly high.The Buccaneers' interest in Tom Brady wasn't immediately apparent throughout free agency, and was only confirmed once news broke that Tampa Bay inked him to a contract. That didn't mean that Jason Licht and the rest of the Bucs' front office weren't hot after him.