By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Brady announced his retirement on February 1st. However, he announced his plans to return for his 23rd season before the start of free agency.
The past two seasons, Brady has worked with center Ryan Jensen. The duo will be back together in 2022.
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Jensen has agreed to a three-year extension with the Buccaneers. He has an opportunity to receive $39 million.
With this new deal, he is guaranteed to make $23 million.
The Buccaneers now keep Jensen off the market with this announcement. The Cincinnati Bengals and other teams were expected to be interested in his services.
Now, he’s locked in with the Buccaneers. He was a priority for the team this off-season.
The team has reportedly added voidable years at the end of the three years to keep his 2022 cap number low.
Brady reportedly even went to bat for the Buccaneers to retain Jensen after he made his intentions known.
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Jensen — who came to the Buccaneers after spending the first part of his career with the Baltimore Ravens — is now one of the highest-paid centers in the league. He will be the third-highest paid center in the league once the new league year starts.
Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce will be the highest-paid at $14 million once his deal becomes official for 2022. Detroit Lions center Frank Ragnow is second with an average of $13.5 million per season with his four-year, $54 million extension.
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