This offseason Tom Brady signed an extension for two more seasons with the Bucs, but could he play a third? I don’t think anyone would doubt that. He’ll be 44 years young in August when training camp rolls around, but could he play until 50? If there’s anyone that can do it, Brady would surely be the guy.
You can thank the TB12 method for that.
Would it even be possible that a team would entertain having a player halfway to 100 years old? General manager Jason Licht may want to have such a team. Should Brady want to keep playing, Licht has a spot for him in Tampa Bay for as long as the quarterback wants to stay.
Licht was interviewed by Rich Eisen on his show on Monday and was asked about if he thought that the two-year extension that Brady signed would be his last.
“No inkling at all,” Licht said. “I told him if he wants to play until he’s 50, and he feels like he can still play, he can play until he’s 50.”
While there’s hopes of Brady playing as long as he can, the Bucs did select quarterback Kyle Trask out of Florida in the second round of the 2021 NFL draft. Trask is looked at as a potential quarterback of the future for the Bucs, but they’d like to keep grooming him from the sideline for a few more years.
Given Brady’s history of having up-and-coming quarterbacks on the roster behind him, such as when the Patriots drafted Jimmy Garoppolo, many wondered if the Bucs front office conversed with Brady before drafting Trask. According to Licht, there was no issue at all.
“I gave him that heads up,” Licht said. “He responded with ‘I appreciate you letting me know. You didn’t have to let me know, but I appreciate it. Whatever we have to do to make the team better.'”
Licht got into a number of different topics with Eisen as well. This included his relationship with Brady, how they were able to re-sign all their pending free agents after winning a title, the job Byron Leftwich did as offensive coordinator and more. You can watch and listen to the entire interview here.