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Bruce Arians wouldn’t be surprised if Tom Brady sticks with Bucs beyond 2021

Bruce Arians wouldn’t give a definitive answer, but says he “woudn’t be surprised” if Brady extends his contract with the Bucs beyond 2021.

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Just under a year ago, Tom Brady signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that gave him a total of $50 million in guaranteed salary. That contract is set to keep him a Buccaneer through the end of the 2021 season.

To say he’s earned his keep through his first year with Tampa Bay is a massive understatement. The defense deserves a ton of credit, but Brady has been integral to helping the Bucs get to their second-ever Super Bowl, and their first appearance since 2003.

Of course, only halfway through his contract, rumors have already been swirling about what the 43-year-old will do once he’s done with the 2021 season. Will he retire? Will he extend his contract with the Bucs? Or will he play out 2021, become a free agent again and make the move to another team? Nobody really knows what will happen, but Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians hinted at the possibility of a contract extension, saying he wouldn’t be surprised if Brady wanted to stick around after the 2021 season.

There’s plenty of time for the Bucs and the veteran quarterback of 21 years to work out an extension, but most of the rumors are pointing toward that actually happening. Brady himself has outright said publicly that he would be open to playing until he’s at least 45, which would make him the third-oldest QB in NFL history.

To do that, obviously, he’d have to play at least one more season beyond what he’s under contract for right now — he won’t turn 45 until August of 2022.