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Ryan Jensen, Buccaneers Agree to Reported $39M Contract After Tom Brady's Return

Doric SamMarch 14, 2022

AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed center Ryan Jensen to a three-year contract worth $39 million, according to agent Mike McCartney and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

There is also $23M guaranteed at signing and $3.3M in total upside on the deal. Big money for Brady’s center. <a href="https://t.co/B2uFkavteS">https://t.co/B2uFkavteS</a>

This news comes hours after quarterback Tom Brady ended his short-lived retirement:

Tom Brady @TomBrady

These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFG <a href="https://t.co/U0yhRKVKVm">pic.twitter.com/U0yhRKVKVm</a>

Jensen addressed both his and Brady's decisions via Twitter:

Ryan Jensen @sinjen66

Well I guess I better order some more baby powder. LFG!!!!!! <a href="https://t.co/dfhJaPqxi7">pic.twitter.com/dfhJaPqxi7</a>

The 30-year-old Jensen has spent the past four seasons in Tampa Bay and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2021. He has never missed a regular-season game during his tenure with the Buccaneers and has a streak of 81 consecutive starts dating back to his time with the Baltimore Ravens. 

Baltimore selected Jensen in the sixth round of the 2013 draft. He was released in August 2014 but immediately signed with the Ravens practice squad. He earned a promotion to the active roster that December and worked his way into becoming a full-time starter during the 2017 season.

The Bucs made Jensen the highest-paid center in the NFL when they signed him to a four-year, $42 million deal with $22 million guaranteed prior to the 2018 season. He was Tampa Bay's center for its Super Bowl LV victory.

Last season, the CSU-Pueblo product anchored an offensive line that allowed just 23 sacks in 17 games. 

By re-signing Jensen, the Buccaneers have solidified their offensive line for years to come. 

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