That privateer probably not finished putting the final pieces of the puzzle together for another run at a potential title. They got a helping hand from their all-world quarterback on Friday.
Tom Brady has agreed to a contract restructuring that will save the Bucs $9 million in cap space, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.
Tampa Bay was down to just $4.4 million, most of which will go toward signing their upcoming draft picks. The club will need more to bring back tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has yet to confirm if he will play in 2022. With the loss of OJ Howard, outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the Bucs have a few spots that still need to be addressed this offseason.
That’s not to say the Tampa Bay roster isn’t strong. It might even have been upgraded. The Bucs have been active in free agency, signing several starters (WR Chris Godwin, CB Carlton Davis, C Ryan Jensen, RB Leonard Fournette) and acquiring new ones (WR Russell Gage, G Shaq Mason, DB Logan Ryan).
Her biggest move, of course, was to lure Brady out of a brief retirement. The 44-year-old is coming off another elite season, finishing second in MVP voting while earning a record 15th Pro Bowl selection. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent next year.
But first, Brady will try again to win an eighth Super Bowl. His contract helps his cause.
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