(Reuters) – Veteran quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady said on Friday he has agreed a deal to extend his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with U.S. media reporting he had signed through the 2022 season.
Brady last month led the Buccaneers to their second Super Bowl title in his first season with the club when they beat defending champions Kansas City Chiefs, with the 43-year-old securing a record-extending seventh championship ring in the process.
“In pursuit of 8…LFG @Buccaneers we’re keeping the band together,” Brady tweeted https://twitter.com/TomBrady/status/1370423289550635009.
ESPN said the new deal voided a one-year extension and saved the Buccaneers $19 million against the salary cap.
Brady, who won six Super Bowls in 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, left the franchise before signing a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs last year.
Widely considered to be the greatest quarterback of all time, Brady said last month that he had no plans to retire while he was still physically fit.
“I think next year’s going to be a lot better than this year,” he said before the Super Bowl.
“I feel like I’ll be in a much better place mentally. I’m going to train a lot better this year. Physically, next year I’ll be in a better place.”
(Reporting by Rohith Nair and Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; editing by John Stonestreet and Christian Radnedge)