The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made perhaps the largest splash in NFL free agency on Tuesday, inking New England Patriots icon Tom Brady on a new deal that will reportedly pay him around $30 million annually.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport shared the news.

After 20 glorious years with the Patriots, Brady announced through social media that he was leaving Foxborough. Reports then suggested that the sweepstakes were down to the Bucs and Los Angeles Chargers.

And when all was said and done, it was Bruce Arians’ team that came out on top.

Predictably, the Brady signing has already made a huge impact on Buccaneers season ticket sales. As pointed out by Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, there was a huge line through Ticketmaster for purchasing Bucs season tickets.

As of Tuesday evening (approx. 10:30 p.m. EST), there were anywhere from 2,600 to 3,000 ahead in line for Buccaneers season tickets. Ticketmaster had a message that read “Due to demand, you may experience an extended wait time. Once you reach the front, you may begin to shop.

Brady’s arrival in Tampa Bay will bring an impact similar to that of Peyton Manning when he joined the Denver Broncos in 2012. Manning’s new team was suddenly featured on far more prime time games, and Broncos tickets (home and away) suddenly became must-have.

The Buccaneers haven’t made the postseason since the 2007 campaign, and attendance has consistently ranked near the bottom. In 2019, they averaged the third-fewest fans per game at 51,898, despite notable improvement under new head coach Bruce Arians.

Tampa Bay’s 2020 home slate of games is loaded with intriguing matchups, too. It features showdowns with the Green Bay Packers (Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers Part III), NFC South rival New Orleans Saints (Brady vs. Drew Brees), defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs (Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes again) and the Los Angeles Rams, who fell to Brady’s Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.

Oh, and the Los Angeles Chargers, who may not be too pleased about losing out to the Bucs on the Brady sweepstakes.

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