NFL legend Tom Brady is leaving the New England Patriots after 20 years with the team – and we’re tipping him to join Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The clean cut quarterback, 42, joined the Pats in 2000, and has steered them to six Super Bowl wins, and three more unsuccessful finals. Pretty decent, Tom boy.
Ahe odds-on (1/2) favourite in the betting for his next destination is Tampa Bay – giving the move a 66.7% likelihood – after coach Bruce Arians named the legend as a target, following Jameis Winston’s mixed season.
The LA Chargers also need a new QB, following the departure of Philip Rivers, and are 13/8 (38.1% likely) to make the move.
The Bucs have only ever won the Super Bowl once, in 2002, and haven’t been back to NFL’s showpiece since. On the other hand, Tom can’t stay away from the thing, and would be a real signal of intent for Tampa Bay.
Don’t rule out the Raiders, though. Their move to Sin City makes them a compelling option, and should guarantee loyalty – after all, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
After Brady informed the world of his departure, Patriots owner and CEO Robert Kraft released a statement expressing “sadness” over a day he hoped “would never come”. He said: “While sad today, the overwhelming feeling I have is appreciation for his countless contributions to our team and community.
I now look forward to the day we can bring him back home to New England to celebrate his Patriots career, his endless achievements and his legacy as the greatest of all time. I love him very much.”
Aah, that’s nice, Krafty.
1/2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13/8 LA Chargers
7/1 Miami Dolphins
11/1 Las Vegas Raiders
17/1 Chicago Bears
25/1 No team (to retire)