Buccaneers win in major way with critical offensive piece

Alex Cappa, Ryan Jensen, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Alex Cappa, Ryan Jensen, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Now that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will be returning for the final year of his contract in 2022, all bets are off for what that means for the Bucs’ chances of landing big-name free agents.

As has already been the case the last two seasons with Brady, the Bucs have witnessed firsthand the effect that Brady has when it comes to drawing in top-tier talent in the free agent market.

Not only have players come from around the league to play with Brady, but they have also taken favorable contracts for the team as well.

Big name players like running back Leonard Fournette, cornerback Richard Sherman, and tight-end Rob Gronkowski have all signed with the team on affordable contracts in the last two seasons.

So it makes sense that Brady’s return would be a new carrot to dangle out into the free agency market, and it already caught the attention of a Bucs star that looked like a likely departure in free agency.

It’s now being reported that Bucs center, Ryan Jensen, will be staying put for the next three years. This is all according to the Jensen’s agent, so it is very much a sure thing, and this is great news for Tampa.

Jensen has been a vital part of the Bucs’ success over the past two seasons as the center for the often-underappreciated offensive line that has performed exceptionally well in its defense of Brady.

Considering that when Brady initially signed with the Bucs, one of the largest criticisms of the team was that they wouldn’t be able to protect him, the Bucs offensive line, centered by Jensen, have most certainly silenced those critiques.

With Jensen back for another three years, the Bucs have secured a major part of their offensive success the past two seasons.

Now, it’ll be interesting to see who the team goes after next.

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