New Orleans Saints: Tom Brady headed to NFC South rival
The wait is over for future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady’s new team, as he’ll be heading down to the NFC South to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a rival of the New Orleans Saints.
The report circulating the NFL globe is that Brady will join the Buccaneers for around $30 million per year, beating out the Los Angeles Chargers in the quest for Brady’s services. Now, Brady will face the New Orleans Saints twice a year.
The Chargers felt they were in a losing battle with Brady, as he informed them and the Buccaneers that he was keeping family in mind and wanted to stay on the East Coast.
Tampa Bay placed a huge offer for Brady and it paid off, as he joins a squad that possesses two Pro Bowl wide receivers and is favored to make the playoffs in 2020.
Brady is a huge upgrade from Jameis Winston, especially after the Buccaneers went (7-9) and Winston threw 33 touchdown passes to 30 interceptions in 2019.
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For the New Orleans Saints, this move makes the NFC South extremely competitive, with New Orleans and Tampa Bay labeled as the betting favorites to claim the NFC South division title this upcoming season.
The tough thing for Brady and the Buccaneers is that this organization has not won its division or made the playoffs since 2007, where Jon Gruden was the head coach and Jeff Garcia was the quarterback.
The Saints have won their division for a club-record three-straight seasons, but with Tom Brady now facing Drew Brees twice a year, it’ll be just a little more difficult to stay at the top.
Plus, Tom Brady and Drew Brees could create a massive quarterback rivalry (the next Brady-Manning rivalry?) that would amp up the animosity that already exists between the Buccaneers and Saints.
Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers made waves by moving on from former league MVP quarterback Cam Newton and signing former Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on a three-year, $63 million contract.
So the NFC South went through a unique makeover in the signal-caller department, with Matt Ryan continuing his tenure with the Atlanta Falcons, Drew Brees re-signing with the New Orleans Saints, Teddy Bridgewater inking a deal with the Carolina Panthers and Tom Brady finding himself with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The next moves in the quarterback market will include names like Cam Newton, Jameis Winston, Nick Foles, Andy Dalton and Jacoby Brissett, among others out there in the league.
It’s crazy how sports can change, even with no games being played in any league amid the coronavirus pandemic.