Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht has underlined that the team would be more than happy to offer seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady an extension. After 20 years spent with the New England Patriots, 43-year-old Brady signed with the Buccaneers in the 2020 offseason and led the team to winning the Super Bowl in his first season in Tampa.
Despite being 43, Brady proved that he is still capable of playing at the highest possible level and winning Super Bowls. "Bruce and I both have a great relationship with Tom, and I have a good relationship with his agent," Licht said on The Rich Eisen Show, per ESPN.
"We thought Tom played incredibly well this year, along with the entire team. We would love to have Tom play here -- I can speak for Bruce -- I think as long as he continues to want to play. If that comes to fruition at some point, we'd be elated.
But I'd like to keep those conversations private right now."
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"I think he's probably looking [at] somewhere around June, right now, from what I hear," Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said.
"His leadership -- he doesn't have to be out there throwing it anymore. He can be there standing and coach the s--- out of them. Wherever they meet and work out -- I'm hoping we have an offseason for the younger players.
Tom doesn't need it, but for the younger players -- first-, second- and third-year players -- we've missed two years of player development with where we're at now. We don't need to miss another one." Buccaneers general manager Licth also expects center Ryan Jensen and left tackle Donovan Smith back for the next season.
"We love Ryan and Donovan," Licht said. "They played a pivotal role in our offense -- in their protection, in the run game. We envision Ryan and Donovan both being on this team. We expect them, not just envision them."
Meanwhile, Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. donated $7,815, the amount he was fined for taunting Tyreek Hill in this past Super Bowl LV, to support the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Youth Leadership Program at Tampa's Young Middle Magnet School.
"Our district is deeply appreciative, not only for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but also Antoine Winfield, Jr. for this monetary donation that will make a strong impact at Young Middle Magnet," Hillsborough County superintendent Addison Davis said, according to the team's website.
"Taking an unfortunate situation and turning it into a positive one is the measure of a true champion, and a wonderful example for our students and entire community."