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Report: Tom Brady, Buccaneers ‘still trying to finalize’ contract language

On Tuesday, Tom Brady announced his Patriots departure after 20 seasons.

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The first day of the 2020 NFL year did not mark Tom Brady’s first day as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.

The two sides are “still trying to finalize contract language as of Wednesday night,” Adam Schefter of ESPN reported, “and those discussions will go into Thursday.”

An agreement is expected to pass through with no further issues, according to Schefter.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, current league policy prohibits teams from making official roster announcements. Teams may not bring free agents to the facility or another location to meet with personnel, and personnel may not travel to meet or conduct physicals with free agents.

Brady shared via social media Tuesday that he was departing from the New England Patriots after 20 seasons. The 42-year-old quarterback’s contract voided at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday as the floodgates of free agency opened around the league, giving way to $13.5 million in dead money for New England.

The Patriots’ current QB depth chart stands with 2019 fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham and veteran Cody Kessler.