The Tom Brady Era in Tampa Bay isn’t coming to an end anytime soon, as the Bucs and Brady have reportedly agreed to a four-year extension, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Tom Brady reached agreement with the Buccaneers today on a four-year contract extension that voids to a one-year extension that locks him into Tampa through the 2022 season, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2021
Originally signed to a two-year deal last year, this extension is effectively a one-year extension in actuality, with Brady locked in with Tampa Bay for the next two seasons.
The deal saves Tampa Bay $19 million against the cap in 2021, per Schefter, and opens the door to the team retaining key pieces and/or adding to the team that won Super Bowl LV.
The writing for an extension was on the wall, with Brady playing some of the best football of his career in 2020, and saying after Tampa’s Super Bowl victory that he had no plans of retiring from football.
“I’d definitely consider that,” Brady said when asked about potentially playing beyond the age of 45. “It’s a physical sport. Just the perspective I have on that is you never know when that moment is. Just because it’s a contact sport. There’s a lot of training that goes into it. It has to be 100 percent commitment from myself to keep doing it.”
This extension, by the way, will take Brady through his Age-45 season.
Naturally, word of Brady’s extension came just hours after the Patriots signed Cam Newton to a new deal.