Tom Brady contract extension could be in the cards with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By Vincent Frank
Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after beating the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field . Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

A Tom Brady contract extension could be in the cards for the NFC champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers following their Super Bowl LV matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

At the least, that’s what Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians believes.

“Bruce Arians said he ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if the Buccaneers extend Tom Brady beyond the 2021 season,” Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald noted on Thursday.

Coming off a stellar regular-season performance and set to make his record 10th Super Bowl appearance, Tom Brady just recently noted that he could very well play beyond the age of 45. The six-time champion will be entering his Age-44 season in 2021. So, it stands to reason that an extension could be in the cards.

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Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks on against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Brady inked a two-year, $50 million deal with Tampa Bay last spring. Said contract calls for a $27.88 million cap hit in 2021. Given that Tampa Bay has free agents such as Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Lavonte David and Shaquil Barrett to consider re-signing this spring, a Tom Brady contract extension could make sense.

In fact, that could lower the quarterback’s 2021 cap figure — helping Tampa Bay re-sign some of its core players that helped the team to a shocking Super Bowl run this season.

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Unlike other all-time great quarterbacks such as Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, Brady has not hit that proverbial wall in his 40’s. The veteran is coming off one of his best statistical seasons en route to leading Tampa Bay to an 11-5 record.

He completed 65.7% of his passes for 4,633 yards with 40 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. This represented Brady’s highest touchdown total since the Patriots’ perfect 16-0 season back in 2007.

Obviously, the Buccaneers would love to run it back with Brady for at least a few more seasons. He seems to be more than alright with that, too.