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Buccaneers GM Jason Licht gets brutally honest on Tom Brady’s status for 2023

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jason Licht, Tom Brady

When Tom Brady announced his retirement it was not all that shocking given his age of 44. However, when he unannounced his retirement, the NFL world was surprised for the most part, although, Brady is coming off of an excellent individual season and clearly has plenty left in the tank. But Tampa Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht was recently asked about Brady’s future with the team.

During a press conference that was based around formally announcing Chris Godwin’s new deal with the Bucs, Licht was asked if Brady would remain in Tampa Bay following the conclusion of the 2022-2023 campaign. 

Licht responded by declaring

We’ll get to that when we get to it.”

This is a fairly normal response from team management when discussing players’ futures. However, he revealed a bit more information when a question was asked in regards to creating cap space around Brady’s contract in the future. 

“There’s several ways to go about it, but I don’t want to get into too much of what we’re doing. We’ve got several alternatives that we can do, and we’re confident that we’ll be able to get it done.”

At the very least, this confirms that the Buccaneers are considering keeping Brady around by structuring a new contract. However, Brady could opt to leave and finish his career in a different city down the road. There are plenty of teams who could use quarterback help and a 45-year old Brady could be one of the best options on the open market in the 2023 offseason. 

At the same time, Jason Licht and Tampa Bay will likely work on keeping him in the fold for as long as Tom Brady stays on the field.