Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady has announced he has left the New England Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The decorated 42-year-old quarterback confirmed his departure from the Patriots earlier on Tuesday morning, before revealing his new destination.
The deal is worth roughly US$30 per year, with the Bucs reportedly beating off interest from the Los Angeles Chargers for the three-time NFL MVP.
Brady’s new club haven’t made the NFL playoffs since 2007, offering up an exciting challenge for the four-time Super Bowl MVP.
“To all my teammates, coaches, executives and staff, Coach Belichick, RKK and the Kraft family and the entire organisation … I couldn’t be the man I am today without the relationships you have allowed me to build with you,” Brady wrote in a statement.
“Our team has always set a great standard in pro sports and I know it will continue to do just that.
“Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM accomplishments.”
Brady joined New England in 2000 with the 199th draft pick but enjoyed a remarkable 21-year career with the Pats.
“MA has been my home for twenty years. It has truly been the happiest two decades I could have envisioned in my life and I have nothing but love and gratitude for my time in New England,” he added.
“The support has been overwhelming I wish every player could experience it.
“I can’t thank you enough for the support of our team. The packed training camps and sold out stadiums and mostly the victory parades.
“I have been so blessed to share them with you all.”