TAMPA — Take a deep breath. Let it out. Again.
No, not you, Tom Brady. Bucs fans.
The Super Bowl-winning quarterback got a physical in New York on Thursday as part of his free agent deal with Tampa Bay and “everything is moving along just fine,” ESPN reported.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL has applied restrictions to players making visits and is requiring outside physicians to perform physicals. No contract can be executed without a physical, though the league is allowing teams to make formal announcements when they’ve agreed to terms with players and contracts have been agreed upon and submitted to all parties.
“No concern over finding a doctor to perform Tom Brady’s physical,” ESPN’s Jeff Darlington posted on Twitter. “He’s able to make that happen (Thursday) in New York. It would be ideal if it was the Bucs’ team doctors — but these are unprecedented times and everyone is on the same page. Everything is moving along just fine.”
The Bucs also are finishing some language in the contract, but Brady is expected to sign a two-year deal worth $60 million guaranteed.
It’s hard to know when the deal will be announced by the Bucs, and due to travel restrictions, there will be no news conference. Also, their training center is closed.
But there’s no indication Brady won’t be a Buc.
Brady — who announced this week he wouldn’t return to the Patriots, with whom he spent his entire 20-year career to date — provided the Chargers and the Bucs with the same parameters of a deal. In the end, he wanted to remain in the East closer to the older of his two sons, who lives in New York. The Bucs’ talent on offense also was a big selling point.