Ageless Brady

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Toby Meyer, Reporter

Tom Brady just won’t go away. The 43-year-old quarterback signed a contract extension with defending Super Bowl champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that will keep him under contract through his 45th birthday.

In his first season with Tampa Bay, Brady won his seventh Super Bowl defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9. He also becomes the first quarterback in team history to sign a second contract with the team.

The contract will be a four-year extension that voids to a one-year extension. While the Buccaneers didn’t release any other details, the new contract will end up saving the Buccaneers $19 million in salary cap this year according to ESPN. This is just another example of trying to keep Brady with the Buccaneers as long as possible.

This is a big step in free agency for Tampa Bay, as they still have to think about future contracts with tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, wide receiver Antonio Brown, kicker Ryan Succop and running back Leonard Fournette.

“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. 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,” said Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht in a statement shortly after the deal was done. “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.”

Brady’s deal also gives Tampa the space to try and bring back outside linebacker Shaq Barrett who was a key piece to the team’s postseason success and Super Bowl victory.