Tom Brady’s extension with the Buccaneers is the same old story.
One would think that other quarterbacks, and franchises around the NFL as a whole, would finally take the hint after 20 years. A huge reason (amongst many) that Tom Brady is the greatest of all time is that he is the ultimate winner. One of the biggest ways he does that is by helping the team by constantly signing team-friendly contracts, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are no different.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brady signed a contract that locks him in until the 2022 season, that will also save the Buccaneers $19 million against the cap this year. This will bring the Buccaneers one step closer to retaining all of the pieces from the 2020 Super Bowl team set to be free agents.
The Bucs have already been able to resign Lavonte David and franchise tag Chris Godwin, so the only big fish left to fry is Shaq Barrett. With Brady’s restructured deal, the Buccaneers can almost assuredly afford to pay Barrett the bag he hopes to secure. Plus, there’s also this to consider:
Do with that what you will.
The main takeaway is, that this is more of Brady being Brady, and it is astounding he is still seemingly the only one to do this. Brady was consistently taking pay cuts and restructuring his contracts to make his salary more team-friendly while with the New England Patriots, and it was one of the main reasons they were able to sustain a run of dominance unheard of in the salary cap/free agency era, or really any era of football. Now, with the Buccaneers needing to get under the cap and bring everyone back, Brady does it again.
This is why Brady is the greatest of all time. He hasn’t only accomplished the highest of highs as an individual, but he also does everything in his power to make sure that he achieves the same on a team-level. Why no other quarterbacks do this is beyond belief, but for now, we certainly aren’t complaining that the Buccaneers will be reaping the benefits of having the greatest of all time still doing what he does, and helping his team get to the top of the mountain, and stay there a while.