I’ve never had much of a head for football, but even the youngest of football neophytes know the golden rule of the NFL: never bet against the Brady. Tom Brady was the unquestioned ace of the New England Patriots before he left them for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prior to the Super Bowl, folks were wondering if maybe the Patriots’ success was due to their overall team rather than just Brady, but that was swiftly proven wrong when the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl and the Patriots didn’t even get within spitting distance. In obtaining Brady, the Bucs have secured the football equivalent of Keanu Reeves, and they’re not looking to let him go any time soon.
When Brady first joined up with the Bucs last year, his contract was set for a two-year commitment, which means he would’ve left at the beginning of the 2022 season. Today, though, the Bucs announced that Brady had agreed to a one-year extension on his current contract, which will keep him on the team through the 2022 season. Interestingly, Brady didn’t ask for a raise on his pay following the team’s Super Bowl victory, even though he probably could’ve and they probably would’ve given it to him. In fact, rumor has it that this updated contract actually lowers Brady’s salary cap for the 2021 season. This’ll be a net positive for the Bucs, as it’ll help them save some money and retain some free agents, as well as throw Brady a little extra gravy should he change his tune in 2022.
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As for Brady himself, the man has reaffirmed that he has no intent of retiring from the NFL any time soon. It’s anyone’s guess as to whether he’ll still be with the Bucs whenever that time finally comes, but if they’re smart, they’ll do anything and everything to hold onto him.