With one year left on his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — An aging Tom Brady will be once again faced with being a free agent and where he might take his talents to if he does not go back to the Bucs.
Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht was asked this week about a potential extension coming for the Super Bowl MVP.
“That’s a possibility. He certainly didn’t look like he slowed down any this year,” Licht said Tuesday on The Rich Eisen Show. “That’s a possibility, so we’ll have to see how that goes.”
Eisen pushed Licht for more details:
“I talk to Tom often, but you know, we’ll probably keep that under wraps right now,” Licht said. “It appears that he really had a good time this year, winning the Super Bowl. He likes our organization, our coaches and our ownership. And we certainly love him. So, usually when you have those two things going for each other, it’s a match made in heaven. We’d like to keep this going.”
Brady turns 44 in August and went on record during Super Bowl media week to state he’s not ready to retire and plans to play past 45.
“I would definitely consider that,” Brady said. “I think, again, it’s a physical sport, and the perspective I have on that is you never know when that moment is. It’s a contact sport. There’s a lot of training that goes into it. It has to be a 100 percent commitment from myself to keep doing it.”
Brady completed 65.7% of his passes for 4,633 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions in his first season with the Bucs.
“I’d like to think that I wasn’t that much of a chance after a lot of years,” Brady said. “Becoming a free agent and then having the opportunity to continue my playing career, I love the opportunity that presented itself here, which is ultimately why I chose here. I really love the coaching staff. I loved the players that they had. I looked at those players and thought, ‘Wow, these are really great players. This would be a good opportunity for me.’
“Obviously, a different conference and a different division – all of that I didn’t quite know about. In the end, I just [had] a lot of different choices. I don’t want to revisit them all, but I’m pretty detailed and thorough. “I went through a process of decisions and thinking about everything that really mattered to me in some way [and] one form or another. Obviously, a lot of family considerations. My son lives in New York and I didn’t want to be too far from him. It just ended up being a great fit and as it’s played out.”