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It's official.

Jim Rome
March 20, 2020 - 12:17 pm
Tom Brady and Joe Flacco

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Well, it’s finally over. The huge quarterback news that everyone had been expecting for a while is finally official. The story that had been hanging out there for a couple of days now is now officially official…

Joe Flacco is out in Denver.

One year, six touchdowns, five interceptions, eight starts, and two wins, and old Joe Flacco has been sent packing.

Again, huge news. The biggest quarterback news you could possibly imagine. The kind of news that reshapes the entire league. And it is a far cry from when he was brought in and John Elway was saying things like Joe has a "lot of football left in him" and that he was "just really coming into his prime."

Oh, and in other news, Tom Brady is a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.

And all hopes for the greatest prank ever go out the window. That’s on me for getting my hopes up. For a brief moment, I thought he might be the coolest dude ever. And he would have been if he tipped to the world that he was going to Tampa bay only to go running back to New England: now, that would have been awesome. And hilarious. But if something seems too good to be true, it generally is.  And especially in this case.  And it wasn’t meant to be.  And He is what we thought he was. 

According to Adam Schefter, Brady agreed to a two-year deal with Tampa. And Brady posted a photo of himself signing the contract on Instagram with the following message: "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.”

And he had more: “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!”

And he capped it with the hashtag: Year 1. As in he’s starting all over again. Because there was no way he couldn’t complete this journey without at least one more bit of corniness.

You know he had a good, creepy laugh to himself about that hashtag.

Honestly, while I’m disappointed that he didn’t decide to punk everyone, there is a silver lining to all this and it’s in the Instagram post: “I have always believed that well done is better than well said, so I’m gonna not gonna say much more”

Awesome. That’s the best news in a long time. The fact that Brady isn’t going to say much makes my life so much better.  . Maybe that means that we are finally through with all the drama, all the leaks, all the reports, all the sources, all the Instagram noise, the sideline seats at a Syracuse game that he has absolutely nothing to do with it.  In effect, we’re finally done with all his CORN.  HOPEFULLY. 

And you know the Buccaneers are hyped. GM Jason Licht, who was a scout with the Patriots when they drafted Brady, said the following in a statement.

"Tom is a proven champion who has achieved greatness on the field because he demands the best out of himself and his teammates. I've known Tom since we drafted him in New England 20 years ago and through this process it became very clear that his desire to be a champion burns as strong today as it ever has. He possesses the type of rare natural leadership qualities that will immediately impact our entire organization."

So there you have it. Tom Brady is a Buccaneer. Again, even though we’ve had a few days to think about it and let that sink in it’s still kind of weird. But I’m up for it. Now you can officially start game-planning for Brady and figuring out how he fits in with the rest of the offense.

Let’s see what Brady looks like in the Bruce Arians offense. Nobody has played the position better than Brady and there aren’t too many guys who’ve coached it better than B.A. So I’m looking forward to seeing what B.A. and Byron Leftwich cook up for Brady. Just like I’m looking forward to what the Tampa Bay offense will look like without Jameis Winston.

Don’t get me wrong, Jameis Winston joining the 30-30-5,000 club remains one of my favorite stats ever. It is a truly legendary accomplishment and one that probably won’t ever get the respect it deserves; nor will it ever be repeated. But as good as Arians and Leftwich are, and as much as they hyped him at points in the season, you know they’re pumped to see him leave. Brady arriving gets them out of a quarterback purgatory with Winston.

I’m not going to say this is up there with Peyton Manning replacing Tim Tebow, because as much as Winston struggled, he’s no Tim Tebow, but it’s in the same neighborhood. Tampa gets a veteran quarterback who’s had a lot of success and they get to move on from a younger quarterback who wasn’t getting it done. Win-win.

Brady might not have the arm for BA’s “no risk it, no biscuit” approach, but bringing him in is the embodiment of that approach. And the risk isn’t even that great and the payoff could be pretty good.

So let’s see what Brady looks like at 43 years old surrounded by weapons young enough to be his kids. It could be cool. It could be a disaster. Although knowing everyone involved, it probably won’t be. What I do know is that it will definitely be interesting, which is way more than you can say about this dude’s free agency.