Jason Licht knows a good thing when he sees it.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager appeared on “The Rich Eisen Show” on Tuesday and discussed the “possibility” of signing Tom Brady to an extension that will keep the veteran quarterback for longer than his contract had planned. two years.
CHRIS GODWIN WANTS TO REMAIN WITH BUCS BUT HE HAS TO CONSIDER IT ALL: ‘OBVIOUSLY THE GOAL IS TO GET PAID’
“It certainly didn’t seem like it slowed down this year. So that’s a possibility. We’ll have to see how that goes.”
Brady, 43, has said in the past that he wants to keep playing as long as he’s physically capable, and based on his performance last season, that could be for some time.
“It seems like he really had a good time this year winning the Super Bowl. He likes our organization, he likes our coaches, he likes our head coach and the property and we certainly love him,” Licht added. “Usually when you have those two things at stake, it’s a match made in heaven, so we’d like to keep this going.”
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The Bucs have made it clear that they want to keep the team as close to the 2020 roster as possible heading into next season, but that means negotiating deals with several of the top players heading to free agency next month.
“For us at the moment, it’s just keeping this team together,” head coach Bruce Arians said recently. “And that will probably wipe out most of the salary cap if we can keep five or six guys we want to keep on this football team, and keep the closeness and responsibility factor that we have in the locker room.”
Among those possibly heading to free agency are Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown and Leonard Fournette, all key players in the Bucs’ Super Bowl success.
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“The goal, obviously, is to get paid, right? But at the same time, I’m not stupid. I’m not going to put myself in a situation where I’m going to be miserable for a few years just for a couple of extra bucks.” Godwin said Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
“I think my happiness is paramount in all this and part of that happiness is winning.”