Saturday is shaping up to be a great day for the Bucs and their fans.
Not only does the team get to play in its first postseason game since the 2007 season, but Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported earlier Saturday morning that Tom Brady plans on returning to Tampa Bay in 2021.
From @NFLGameDay: #Bucs QB Tom Brady plans to play in 2021 and expects it to be even better... while the #Bills will approach QB Josh Allen's agents about a potential huge contract extension this spring or summer. pic.twitter.com/5glxAax2rG— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 9, 2021
This is obviously great news, but the two phrases to really pay attention to in Rapoport’s report were the phrases “loving his time in Tampa Bay” and “thinks it will be better next year”.
The latter of the two phrases is pretty remarkable to hear when you consider that Brady threw for 40 touchdowns and over 4,600 passing yards in his first year with the Bucs. Brady’s passer rating of 102.2 tied for his sixth-best mark in 21 seasons of play. He’ll also be 44-years-old when the 2021 season starts, which is simply incredible in its own right.