Bucs general manager Jason Licht, who will be speaking to the local Tampa Bay media and the national media on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. ET was a guest on the Rich Eisen Show and discussed the possibility of signing Super Bowl LV MVP Tom Brady to a contract extension.
Bucs QB Tom Brady and GM Jason Licht
Brady signed a two-year deal worth over $50 million with Tampa Bay in the 2020 offseason and guided the franchise to an 11-5 season en route to winning Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium by beating the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9.
“It’s a possibility,” Licht told Eisen on the phone. “He certainly didn’t look like he slowed down any this year. So that’s a possibility and we’ll have to see how that goes.”
Eisen asked Licht if he reached out to 43-year old Brady, who said during the regular season that he might want to play until he’s 45, about the idea of a contract extension.
“I’ll probably keep that under wraps right now, but like I said … it appears that he had a really good time this year winning the Super Bowl and likes our organization and likes our coaches, likes our head coach and ownership. And we certainly love him – usually when you have those two things going for each other it’s a match made in heaven. So we’d like to keep this going.”
Brady is scheduled to earn $25 million in 2021, which is the final year of his contract, and has a cap value of $28.375 million due to $3.75 million of bonuses he hit during the team’s Super Bowl season. Adding an additional year to his deal could help the Bucs create some more cap room this year as the team is expected to have around $30 million worth of cap space available and has several free agents that it would like to re-sign, including wide receiver Chris Godwin, linebacker Lavonte David, outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, tight end Rob Gronkowski and kicker Ryan Succop among others.
In first year as Tampa Bay’s quarterback, Brady threw for 4,633 yards, which was the second-most in Bucs history and a franchise-record 40 touchdowns with three more rushing scores and just 12 interceptions. Brady won the seventh Super Bowl championship and his fifth Super Bowl MVP honor of his career.
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