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Tom Brady 'not signed for his past', as Bucs hope he will 'define franchise for years'

What Tom Brady can produce in the future is the factor that convinced the Bucs to sign him, rather than his past glories.

Tom Brady has been signed for what he can accomplish with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and not for his past achievements, insists general manager Jason Licht.

As Licht introduced Brady on a media conference call on Tuesday, he stated his hope that the 42-year-old’s signing would "define the franchise for many years to come".

Brady appeared in nine Super Bowls, winning six of them across a magnificent 20-year run with the New England Patriots.

Licht declared his arrival as the start of a new era for his franchise, who are without a playoff appearance since 2007, as he thanked owners the Glazer family for supporting the move.

He also backed Brady to have a "transformative effect" on the team's culture.

"To say that this is an exciting day for the Buccaneers organisation and me personally would be a rather large understatement,” Licht told reporters.

"He is a Buccaneer today not for what he has done in the past but for what we know he can accomplish here in the near future as well.

"We know that Tom is going to have a transformative effect on our locker room and he's gonna demand the best out of himself, his team-mates and anybody that is around him.

"I would like to thank the Glazer family for providing us with the resources and the leadership to make such a bold move in free agency. 

"We wouldn't be here today if not for their passion and desire to win another Super Bowl, hopefully more, for our fans. This was an all-out effort from every level of the organisation.

"Today we begin a new era for the Buccaneers that will define our franchise for many years to come."

Licht, whose team have moved on from QB Jameis Winston after five seasons, did not hesitate to bring in veteran Brady when the opportunity presented itself in free agency.

He added: "Tom is quite simply the greatest quarterback to play the game of football and any time you can add someone of his calibre you instantly make your organisation better.

"He has got a long list of truly remarkable accomplishments in his career, too many to mention.

"Going after Tom in free agency was our number one priority this offseason because we knew he would be a perfect fit for what we are trying to do here."

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