Tom Brady Restructures Contract; No Word On Extension

April 22nd, 2022

Joe’s calling this “Gronk prep.”

ESPN is reporting that Tom Brady has restructured his contract to give the Bucs $9 million in addition salary cap space for 2022, about what it’ll cost to bring Rob Gronkowski back for one more season. Tampa Bay entered today about $4 million under the cap but needing about $7 million to sign its draft class.

Adam Schefter broke the news, but Schefter did not say the accounting move — that no doubt kicks cap compliance down the road — includes a 2023 contract for Brady. Schefter only noted that Brady is scheduled to be a free agent in 2023.

Joe sure hopes this is step toward the Bucs dropping a can’t-refuse contract on Brady for next season.

Enjoy Today’s Ira Kaufman Podcast.

47 Responses to “Tom Brady Restructures Contract; No Word On Extension”

  1. bob Says:

    step 1

  2. Bird Says:


    They signed a nobody defensive tackle too. Think he will take McClendon spot as younger. Still hope suh comes back. Make him Run stopper / less downs for a slight discount – would he do that for 5 mil?

    Gronk now to return

  3. alvinscissorsharper Says:

    Tom gets it. He is the ultimate team player!

  4. Casual Observer Says:

    I think “Gronk Prep” is a good analysis. Sign him.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Going from Darlington the chances are very high this is his last season period.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Brady said….”How much do you need for Gronk?” OK…..consider it done….

  7. K2 Says:

    We all hope you’re right!

  8. Leighroy Says:

    Spotrac has details reported, looks like they added yet another void-year.

    It’s still kind of remarkable that the GOAT is only being paid 11.5mil in cash this year to play football at the age of 45. Bargain of the century!!

  9. HC Grover Says:

    Batman is not going to finish his dream without Robin along for the ride. LFG

  10. Allbuccedup Says:

    Sign Gronk offer Suh a pay cut to come back hes still good but a part-time player.

  11. View from 132 Says:

    All fine and good, but if the team is in cap hell after he leaves, they better have that 3rd trophy or this was just an egomaniac that should’ve stayed retired.

  12. Caleb lee Says:

    I truly hope we get one more “Bad Boys for life” year out of Tom and Gronk together. Those two together are so fun to watch.

  13. sasquatch Says:

    I think grasping for hope about having Brady next year is delusional. I believe the stories saying this year is gonna be it. Also, at 45, even with Brady, it’s possible a huge dropoff happens due to age. It happens suddenly. And guaranteeing a sh!t ton of cash at this point makes zero sense. If he wants to be back next year, he’ll come back. If he doesn’t, it’s retirement.

  14. ClwJB Says:

    They still have a couple more they can restructure to add Suh and cover the deficit for the draft picks

    Brady came back, the band will be back as well

    Now just add youth and talent early in the draft at DT/TE and we are setting up
    For a younger team in 23 but one with solid talent still

  15. Chris K Says:

    Weren’t there some people in recent threads saying Brady was wanting more $? Let’s be honest about Tom, he’s the undisputed most goated goat ever!

  16. DungyDance Says:

    Can’t help but contrast Brady’s move here with how Karon Rodgers will cost the team nearly $30M in cap space and get cash in excess of $40M. The Packers can use the cap space they have left to hire 2 part timers at the Piggly Wiggly….back in 1980. Team player here, megalomaniac there.


    View from 132,

    Damn man. Who spit in your cereal?

  18. Bird Says:

    We have the worst fan base

    “Brady is an egomaniac. “ Yah it really sucks having your qb demand winning a super bowl every year and take less then every other big name qb out there. We have the greatest of all time playing here and some people are upset.


    Incredibly well said, DungyDance.

    Are you Tony? I swear, if I didn’t know better.
    Great stuff.

  20. SB~LV Says:

    Here comes lumbering Gronk!

  21. Stone crab sam Says:

    Kudos to the glazers for doing what needs to be done in order for this team to deliver. 👍

  22. TheBradyBunch Says:

    Bird most likely a troll. We know if at least one Saints fan doing the same.

  23. Bojim Says:

    Would he really play in Miami? That would hurt.

  24. Bird Says:

    You would have to think gronk will say yah or nah before draft
    Gronk is a good dude
    Just like brady returned when free agency started to begin as he knew downfall if he didnt and good players bolting for other teams

    Cause drafting a tight end is a priority. Just not as “high” if gronk returns

  25. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Bojim Says:
    April 22nd, 2022 at 7:00 pm
    Would he really play in Miami? That would hurt.
    Just think how Patriots fans feel.

  26. SB~LV Says:

    Hey boys!
    Brady has made it clear that Tampa is just a stop along the way, we have been fortunate to have him these past two years and now for the third season.
    If he feels he is able to play in 2023 , who knows. It’s ALL about the roster of his choice.

  27. Buc4evr Says:

    Brady has one goal and that’s to win more SB’s than any player in history. The guy is relentless in his pursuit and money isn’t the primary driver like it is for Rodgers. Looking for the Gronkster and Suh to re-sign after the draft. These are the best days Bucs fans, we will never see them again.

  28. Allbuccedup Says:

    Enjoy the playoff run while hes here because when hes gone its going to be a drought. The Glazers know this Licht knows this Brady leaves back to square one.

  29. Beeej Says:

    Bojim Says:
    April 22nd, 2022 at 7:00 pm
    Would he really play in Miami? That would hurt.

    The longer Tua is in there, the less likely that will be

  30. Listnfrmafar Says:

    View from 132, do you have a better option? If so loved to hear it. SB-LV, stumbling Gronk? If he didn’t get his lungs kicked in he would have had as good or better than most of the highest paid TE’s in the league. You could pay a LOT more for Kelce, Henry or most of the others that DON’T block. Kittle would be the only one I would rather have. Make NO mistake Brady is back to win, I just hope the trainers don’t go to the movies.

  31. Listnfrmafar Says:

    FYI, I heard rumors GB is making a play for Samuel. So much for cap space.

  32. Rod Munch Says:

    Will be interesting to see how they did this, how it was structured, if Brady did it in such as away as to make it nearly impossible for the Bucs to resign him. Not that anything is impossible, but while you can kick the cap can down the road, the Bucs are near the limit of everything. For example they are, before this, $15m over the cap for next season.

    Again, you can move stuff around, the stupid Saints were $140m over the cap at one point for this season, yet they were trying to trade for Watson.

    But a straight extension of Brady would likely give a lot more cap flexibility, and the fact they didn’t do that, along with all the other signs out there, probably means this is his last year here.

    Just enjoy it – not to long ago we were looking at a 3-14 team without most of the vets coming back. We got one more year, stop being greedy and worrying about next year when this years draft hasn’t even started.

  33. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    Bad QB1s cost teams 25-35m/y in cap space in 2022. Brady current 2022 cap hit is $11,199,117. By dropping it 9m it will be 2m, presuming that cap hit will now move into 2023 likely 10-15m.

  34. HC Grover Says:

    The way I see it Brady is here for the year. This is a run for the rings and not a search for a sad sack qb and the cast of players who would have left. I hope we get him whatever he needs to win it all. Now is the time.

  35. Jerry Says:

    He’s done after this year. The writing is on the wall.

  36. Ash Says:

    Yup looks like it’s his last year glad he came for as long as he did was an incredible run

  37. steele Says:

    If they don’t successfully get Gronk back, they are in deep. No good TEs who block in either free agency or in the draft.

  38. Proud Bucs Fan Says:

    Strange that there is a no franchise tag clause specifically for the restructure, guaranteed free agent for 2023.

  39. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    He had no franchise and no trade clause in all his recent contract and restructures

  40. GOB Says:

    It’s just a voidable, or dummy year. I’m sure Brady got a no franchise tag guarantee also. You’ll still need to pay gronk real money, not cap dollars. Whatever it takes should be the mantra this year. It’s Superbowl or bust. You guys will have plenty of time to be the bucs again after Brady takes off. The man single handedly turned your franchise around. Every bucs fan should thank Bill belichick, for being such a dumbass

  41. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    I didn’t realize spotrac was updated immediately. So his cap is now 11m. Thus, Brady will only carry a cap hit of $11,199,117 for 2022, as well as a dead cap hit of $15 million. That dead cap number drops down to $8 million after June 1. Simply put, Brady is able to save the Buccaneers roughly $9. I would guess Gronk and maybe someone else signs before draft.

  42. GOB Says:

    NEPF, don’t forget saving some of that “cap” money for a late October surprise trade.

  43. SOEbuc Says:

    Contract Ploy by Tom Brady or is he Sincere (JBF article 4/21/22)

    “Brady sees a choker like Aaron Rodgers land a $151 million three-year contract, and then he looks at the paystubs from his paycheck from Team Glazer, and knows he is virtually giving away his resources.” -Joe.

    “Joe firmly believes the way Brady spoke about how the sun is setting on his career, that was nothing more than a ploy for more money. If the Bucs or any team wants to compete for a Super Bowl, it will have to spend (mega) money to make money.”-Joe

    Lmao. Ploy for more money right, Joe? Tom Brady truly laughs his ass off whenever he hears any Miami BS.

  44. David Says:

    Seems clear this should enable them to sign Gronk and their draft picks.
    I am still worried because no SUH (or JPP if healthy) and no room for him unless someone else restructures.
    They apparently signed some DT from ATL… Not exactly encouraging since ATL‘s defense was atrocious. Seems like camp fodder

  45. MadMax Says:

    And Gronk will be back….just sit my brothers, we got this.

    Suh too….

  46. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Moving up significantly in the draft to get the player you gauge to be your biggest need could also save some payroll if you trade away a few of your picks to move up , so do not be surprised if Bucs move up.

  47. Scorps1 Says:

    [You don’t want Tom Brady here next year? — Joe]