The Buccaneers have Tom Brady under contract through 2022, but they still intend on discussing an extension with him after this season, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. A fresh deal could give the Bucs additional breathing room in ’22 while cementing Brady as their QB well into his 40s.
Brady’s desire to test Father Time is well documented at this point. So far, the 44-year-old has been victorious, prompting GM Jason Licht to suggest that Brady could play until the of age 50.
“Fifty? That’s a long time. Even for me, that’s a long time,” Brady said earlier this year. “I’ve always said 45 was the age that I wanted to reach and that was my goal. This year I’ll be 44, so next year I’ll be 45. I got a two-year contract. I’m going to be able to obviously play this year and God forbid anything happens but play next year and then see what happens after that.
“If I still want to keep playing, I might be able to do that. And if that’s enough, then that would be enough.”
TB12 isn’t quite as confident as Licht, but La Canfora’s sources say he hasn’t given any thought to hanging ’em up between now and next fall. Brady’s also loving life in Tampa, so there’s little reason for him to seek a third pro team.
The Bucs are currently 3-1 with Brady under center. They’ll look for their next W on Sunday when they welcome the Dolphins to Tampa.
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