Tom Brady doesn’t merely lead teams to Super Bowl wins on the field. He also helps keep together championship teams that have salary cap issues.
So sackmaster Shaq Barrett, fellow standout linebacker Lavonte David and tight end Rob Gronkowski — and who knows who else — will remain in Tampa Bay.
The big tight end reportedly agreed to a one-year, $10 million, according to ESPN.
The former Patriot came out of retirement last season to join Brady in Tampa, and the decision paid off. He had 45 catches for 623 yards and seven touchdowns as the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl.
Just as he had done several times in New England, Brady reworked his big-ticket contract last week to free up money in free agency.
The Buccaneers used it to keep David, and on Monday, the first day of “legal tampering” before the NFL’s business year begins on Wednesday, the 28-year-old Barrett agreed to a four-year, $72 million contract with $36 million guaranteed, agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed.