Bruce Arians, GM Jason Licht Reportedly Agree to New Buccaneers Contracts

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJune 7, 2021

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach Bruce Arians have agreed to a "revised contract" that will include a pay increase, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. 

Additionally, general manager Jason Licht has agreed to a "new deal that ensures heโ€™ll be in Tampa Bay for multiple years."

The moves don't come as a major surprise; the Bucs won the Super Bowl last year and will essentially return every key player from that campaign. 

The team re-signed edge-rusher Shaquil Barrett, linebacker Lavonte David, tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, running back Leonard Fournette and kicker Ryan Succop and used the franchise tag on wideout Chris Godwin.

Quarterback Tom Brady also extended his deal by one season, keeping him under contract with the Bucs through the 2022 campaign. 

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So it's only fitting that the head coach who led the Super Bowl champions and the general manager who put the roster together would get new deals, too. 

Arians, at least, sounds as though he plans on coaching well into the future, regardless of how long Brady decides to continue playing. 

"I don't have any plans on retiring," he told the Pewter Report Podcast in May (h/t Kevin Patra of NFL.com). "It's just, when do I not want to go back to work? When I'm not excited about going back to work then I'm cheating somebody. I'm cheating the Glazer family, I'm cheating my players. Right now I can't wait to get back to work. I don't know when that's going to happen, but no, I'm not tied to any players."


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