Jason Licht Won’t Comment On Tom Brady Seeking (Or Not Seeking) A 2023 Contract

March 28th, 2022

GM Jason Licht

Will Tom Brady be the Buccaneers’ quarterback in 2023?

Yeah, Joe and the rest of Bucs nation are greedy. One more year of The Goat is great but it’s not enough.

Today at the NFL Owners Meetings in Palm Beach, Joe asked Licht about Brady’s future after this season. Licht wouldn’t go there.

JoeBucsFan.com: Should fans assume that you’re doing everything you can to re-sign Tom Brady for next year and beyond, to give him a long-term contract?

Jason Licht: You know, we’re just happy that we have him back. We’ll see where it goes from here. We’re just happy that he’s going to be playing for us this year. We’ll see where it goes.

A follow-up was asked to Licht, whether Brady desires to be a free agent after this season. Licht suggested that Brady should field that question.

Joe sincerely hopes Licht and the Buccaneers’ hierarchy are doing everything possible to entice Brady to return. How could they not? Buccaneers business chief Brian Ford told assembled media how much Brady has meant to the business side of the organization.

22 Responses to “Jason Licht Won’t Comment On Tom Brady Seeking (Or Not Seeking) A 2023 Contract”

  1. Crickett Baker Says:

    I wish Tom would say, in his best QB voice, to the next people that ask him their speculations about his ongoing plans and feelings : Let it be known! The next reporter who asks me to fortune-tell about my thoughts or plans will immediately get bitch-slapped”. Let him enjoy this year with the Bucs..

  2. David Says:

    Best case scenarios in my mind…
    1. They win the Super Bowl, Brady walks off into the sunset, Kyle Trask era starts and he is awesome
    2. They win the Super Bowl Brady does indeed want to go to Miami and the Buccaneers oblige, pick up two 1’s, two 2’s, a player or two, and the Trask era begins and he is awesome

  3. sasquatch Says:

    If they go out and win the SB this year with a great WR corps and offensive line, I don’t see why Brady would wanna go elsewhere. But if he does, oh well. Why would you leave a Superbowl team that you know, to go to another team, new teammates, new systems to learn, etc… starting all over (again) at 46? I mean, okay, go ahead. If a guy doesn’t wanna be in Tampa, I don’t want him on my team, simple as that.

  4. Bitterroot Buc Says:

    During cocktails at the Manchester United game, Tom reached agreement with the Glasers that he would accept the league minimum salary this year (and maybe next) in exchange for a pick-your-number ownership stake in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Salary cap issue goes poof and Bradys are billionaires. Or not. But you heard it here first.

  5. tampabayallday Says:

    Tommy wants to stay.

  6. Defense Rules Says:

    Just can’t figure out what incentive TB12 would have to sign on NOW for 2023. I’ve got nuttin.

    At age 45, Brady surely deserves to be allowed to make a decision like that AFTER the season ends. Giselle may say ‘No mas’ and actually mean it this time. Or he may get banged up & decide ‘Enough is enough’. Or he may decide that the Bucs committed so much to making a run this year that 2023’s roster won’t be Super Bowl competitive. It’s all HIS decision.

    The only scenario I can think of that MIGHT cause him to extend his contract is if Bucs need to do that to make salary CAP room for a must-have player … like Gronk. Any extension though ties him to the Bucs (as we saw this year), and limits Brady’s flexibility to deal with other teams. Personally doubt that he wants that, but it MAY be the cost of competing for a 2022 championship.

  7. gotbbucs Says:

    I don’t think you’ll see him sign an extension. I think the Bucs know this is a one year deal. Brady did them a favor by coming back and allowing the front office to get some of these guys signed to extensions into the future. The Bucs in exchange will allow him to choose his destination next season.

  8. Buccos Says:

    Why would he want to start over next year. It’s a Bucs Life!

  9. Bird Says:

    I agree. Its not like he is even 35 anymore. He has said on multiple occasions that he will stop when he can no longer fling it at a high level. He cares about his legacy. He knows if he starts throwing ducks while losing games its time to retire. Nothing wrong with year to year self evaluation

  10. Steve in Mad Beach Says:

    David Says:
    March 28th, 2022 at 6:12 pm
    Best case scenarios in my mind…
    1. They win the Super Bowl, Brady walks off into the sunset, Kyle Trask era starts and he is awesome
    2. They win the Super Bowl Brady does indeed want to go to Miami and the Buccaneers oblige, pick up two 1’s, two 2’s, a player or two, and the Trask era begins and he is awesome

    Number 2 isn’t happening because Brady would be a free agent and the Dolphins wouldn’t have to give up jack shizz!

    I can’t find any info on it to reference but I’m pretty sure there’s a rule that you can’t franchise a 45 year old GOAT

  11. Allbuccedup Says:

    One year at a time please play Trask 90% of the preseason to see if he is a keeper.

  12. Steven007 Says:

    Sasquatch, I fully agree with your last sentence. If a guy doesn’t want to be in Tampa, I don’t want him on my team either. Given his length of service and unprecedented success, Brady has obviously had a very unusual career for his position. However if we do have great success this year and he really wants to start over again somewhere, have at it. I really don’t see that happening, but I also never saw him landing here so there’s that.

  13. Caleb lee Says:

    I’ve had a gut feeling that there was a hand shake deal behind the scenes where if Brady gives us one more year we would to send him to the 9’ers somehow.. I truly hope I’m wrong.

    My step son is 7. Without direct influence he has chosen Tom Brady as his favorite player, my other son (17) never got into football due to “the lost decade”. My step son’s father is a big 49’ers fan and tells him the 9’ers are Tom’s favorite team. We sent him to school picture day wearing his Pewter Tom Brady Jersey and sent copies to his dad.. lol

  14. D-Rok Says:

    Brady deserves the right to Will Smith these questions. “Don’t be talkin’ ’bout my career!” SLAP.


    GO BUCS!!

  15. Oxycodoms Says:

    Bucs will need a qb for those 3 year contracts to play out. Get someone in here for a year to test him out get used to system. Like winston did for saints

  16. Elita Vita Says:

    Exactly Tom will want to be a free agent. A trade could gut the team he goes to lessening his chances of a SB victory there.

  17. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    Brady contract has a no trade and no franchise clause

  18. BUCman Says:

    The best way to keep Brady beyond this year is to give him every reason to stay. If he has the roster he wants around him why would he leave. Most of the critical re-signings were 3 year deals. All this talk about Miami. Why would he want to go there even with their improved roster. With the Bucs he is assured to win the division and only has to compete with Rogers & Stafford for the NFC. In Miami he would have to compete with Josh Allen just for the division not to mention Mahomes, Herbert, Wilson, Carr, Burrow, Jackson, Watson, & Ryan for the AFC. Makes no sense.

  19. Alanbucsfan Says:

    The 3 biggest name unrestricted FA QB’s in 2023 are Derek Carr ( market value $ 35 million/ year), Jimmy G $26-28 million per year and Baker Mayfield ( who knows? ($25-30 million per year)
    That is why the Bucs need to commit to Trask for post Brady.
    None of the above mentioned QB’s are top tier and their salary would negatively impact the roster.

  20. Duane Says:

    He is likely fishing for one more ring before retiring. We all know he was meant to ride off into the sunset on a unicorn with a Lombardi in tow. Maybe he has left his options open depending on how close he gets this season. I can appreciate the fact that he doesnt sign for a couple more years if he is uncertain. Its also much friendlier to the cap.

  21. nick2 Says:

    Betting there is something to the smoke of tension with BA if he truly was nitpicking gameplans Leftwhich and Brady both spent hours developing. Make BL the HC and watch TB12 retire here after 3 more seasons. What do the fins have besides tyreke!

  22. LakelandSteve Says:

    I hoped that he already had a contract extension signed. Considering that hasn’t happened and the longer it goes without one will give us the answer to whether or not he is a Buc in 2023. There are only a couple of guys worth extending if they want to sign Gronk, Suh and maybe JPP. Brady is one of them and I would have thought he would have already signed an extension by now. Since it hasn’t happened yet makes me nervous that he will indeed Be playing for a different team in 2023.