The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a few weeks removed from winning Super Bowl 55. The focus has continued to progressively shift to Tom Brady‘s long-term future with the franchise beyond next season. With that in mind, Brady is now about to give Buccaneers fans another reason to be thrilled.
Tom Brady’s impressive first season with Buccaneers
Tom Brady‘s first season with the Buccaneers panned out in the manner hoped all along.
There was an adjustment period through the first half of the season, but things shifted into high gear. Brady progressively found comfort leading the offense, finishing tied for second with 40 touchdown passes and third with 4,633 passing yards.
The Buccaneers flipped a switch after falling a 7-5 record, winning eight straight games to end the season. Brady helped lead them to three straight playoff road wins and capped it off with a dominant performance in Super Bowl 55 over Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Buccaneers now have another reason to be excited due to the latest news around the future Hall of Fame quarterback.
Tom Brady is about to make Buccaneers fans very happy
Since Tom Brady captured his seventh Super Bowl win, the focus has remained on his long-term future with the Buccaneers.
Brady is entering the final year of his two-year, $50 million deal, which shifts the focus onto his next potential contract. ESPN‘s Adam Schefter voiced on Get Up on Monday morning that there is “good momentum” toward an extension.
“There is good momentum toward Tom Brady to get an extension done with the Buccaneers that would tie him to them for an even longer period of time,” Schefter said. “Even though he’s got one year left in his deal clearly he likes Tampa [Bay]. We know he loves playing football, and he once said he dreams about throwing the ball. It looks like those dreams are going to continue for a while longer.”
Brady isn’t anywhere near the end of the road in his NFL career despite just finishing his 21st season. He’s still playing at an elite level and is coming off winning another Super Bowl.
His passion for the game remains quite strong, while his performance on the field only further fuels his desire to keep playing. There are also reports stating that he could play several more years, possibly well beyond the age 45 benchmark.
Nonetheless, Brady’s tenure with the Buccaneers will extend much further than two seasons.
Tampa Bay remains focused on free agency plans
Beyond Tom Brady working toward extending his stay with the Buccaneers, it comes with another much-needed financial benefit.
Brady’s pending extension will lower Tampa Bay’s salary cap hit for the 2021 campaign, freeing up more money to use in the offseason.
All that begins with free agency as several of their prominent players need new contracts, such as Lavonte David, Ndamukong Suh, Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, Chris Godwin, Shaquil Barrett, and Leonard Fournette.
The Buccaneers are hoping to keep the bulk of that group under new contracts through at least the 2021 season. Meanwhile, star wide receiver Mike Evans has also voiced that he is willing to take a pay cut for next season to help the team’s free agency efforts.
The next few weeks will be quite telling of how things will play out in free agency in Tampa Bay.
Contract numbers are courtesy of Spotrac.