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Tom Brady signs one-year contract extension with Buccaneers through 2022 season

Tom Brady's contract extension with the Buccaneers will run through the 2022 season. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady signed what amounts to a one-year contract extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that runs through the 2022 season.

The quarterback’s new deal is written as a four-year contract, but the final three seasons will be voided. That structure will provide salary cap savings to the Buccaneers in 2021. The agreement was confirmed by a person familiar with the deal.

The Buccaneers later announced the extension without confirming any details.

“When we acquired Tom a year ago, we were extremely excited about the leadership, poise and winning track record that he would bring to our locker room,” General Manager Jason Licht said in a statement released by the team. “Since that time, he has proven himself to be the ultimate competitor and delivered in every way we had imagined, helping us capture the Lombardi Trophy. Year after year, Tom proves that he remains one of the elite quarterbacks in this game and we couldn’t be happier to keep him in Tampa Bay as we continue to pursue our goals together.”

The extension will expire after the 2022 season, in which Brady will be 45. He said before the Super Bowl that he could envision himself playing beyond 45.

“Yeah, definitely,” Brady said then. “I would definitely consider that. Again, it’s a physical sport. Just the perspective I have on that is, you never know kind of when that moment is, just because it’s a contact sport and there’s a lot of training that goes into it. And, again, it has to be 100 percent commitment from myself to keep doing it. I’ve been very fortunate, like I said, over the years. … You take different hits. You, over the course of the year, deal with different bumps and bruises, different injuries and so forth. It’s just going to be me continuing to make that commitment to making it part of my year-round process to play football and continue my career.”

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Financial terms of the extension were not immediately available. Brady is one season into the two-year contract, worth a guaranteed $50 million, that he signed with the Buccaneers in March 2020 after leaving the New England Patriots in free agency.

He and the Buccaneers are coming off a Super Bowl triumph over the Kansas City Chiefs last month in Tampa. It was Brady’s seventh Super Bowl title, and he won his fifth Super Bowl MVP award. He threw three touchdown passes in the Buccaneers’ 31-9 victory.

Brady, who turns 44 in August, had offseason knee surgery and is expected to be ready for the season in September. Buccaneers Coach Bruce Arians has said he would expect Brady to be able to participate in passing drills around June. It’s not known, however, whether there will be any on-field offseason practices as teams gradually return to more normal operations after last season’s coronavirus-related changes to the NFL routine.

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