Tom Brady further cemented his legacy after capturing his seventh Super Bowl win in his first campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady played a pivotal factor in transforming the franchise into a championship-caliber team in his brief tenure. The Buccaneers may now call on him to make a considerable sacrifice to help keep their group of talent together.
Tom Brady leads Buccaneers to Super Bowl win
Tom Brady arrived to Tampa Bay with the high expectations to contend for a Super Bowl.
Brady and the Buccaneers worked through the adjustment period and experienced a pivotal turning point after falling to a 7-5 record. Tampa Bay used that momentum to glide through the playoffs with three road wins to reach the Super Bowl.
The Buccaneers put forth a masterful performance on the grandest stage against the Kansas City Chiefs to capture their second Super Bowl win. With the offseason now quickly approaching, the Buccaneers may need Brady to be a pivotal factor in their plans.
Tom Brady’s next sacrifice may be what the Buccaneers need
The Buccaneers may be relishing winning Super Bowl 55, but their attention will shortly turn to the upcoming offseason.
Tampa Bay has some significant roster decisions to make with several players entering free agency. The Buccaneers are currently projected to have roughly $38.1 million in salary-cap space.
With that in mind, CBS analyst and WFAN host Boomer Esiason voiced Tuesday on the Greg Hill Show that he believes the Buccaneers would be wise to work out an extension with Brady. (H/T Radio.com)
“As long as he doesn’t get hurt, and if the Bucs are smart, they would give him an extension to reduce the cap hit for next year so they can keep some of these players,” Esiason said. “He has a lot of good players around him. They drafted Tristan Wirfs in the first round at tackle.
“They’ll most likely move him to left tackle next season, because he’s been really good at right tackle this season. As long as they can keep the running backs, Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette.”
Brady hasn’t outright stated that he would play beyond his contract that runs through the 2021 season. However, working out an extension could potentially help free up additional salary cap space this offseason. The 43-year-old is set to make $25 million in the final year of his deal, a figure he could lower for 2021 through an extension.
The Buccaneers have some important players to re-sign, such as Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, Lavonte David, Ndamukong Suh, Shaquil Barrett, and Leonard Fournette. If Tampa Bay wants to keep the band together, Brady may have to play a considerable part this offseason.
Critical offseason lined up ahead
General manager Jason Licht and the Buccaneers will have the next few weeks to organize their offseason plans before free agency begins.
Tampa Bay knows what it must do to put forth another roster that can compete for a second straight Super Bowl. As long as Tom Brady is playing at a high level, there is no reason to believe the team can’t contend for another championship in 2021.
It’s all but expected Gronkowski will return for at least another year. Many, if not all, their other notable players lined up for free agency will want to return for another shot at a Super Bowl run.
Before Super Bowl 55, head coach Bruce Arians voiced that star wide receiver Mike Evans told him he would take a pay cut to help keep the team together. All that gives the Buccaneers an even greater reason to attempt to work out an extension with Brady.
Tampa Bay has something special with their roster, and they must exercise every route to keep it together.