Who Tom Brady Called Before Announcing His Decision

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.

Tom Brady was only retired for 5 1/2 weeks before he decided he was over it.

Brady announced his return to the NFL on Sunday evening, directly after Selection Sunday aired on CBS for the NCAA Tournament.

Before announcing his decision, Brady told center Ryan Jensen that he was returning via a phone call, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine. That sped up contract talks between Jensen and the Bucs as he will also be back for next season.

“I’m gonna give you an example of how Brady has already gotten to work on trying to keep this roster intact,” Laine said on SportsCenter. “Free agency kicks off today with the legal tampering period and before Brady even made his announcement to the world, I’m told he got on the phone and he called his center, Ryan Jensen. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent. He told Ryan, ‘I’m coming back,’ and because of that, Jensen was able to strike a new deal with the Bucs late last night for three years.”

Jensen was on the fence about returning to the Bucs due to their quarterback situation. It also likely had to do with other teams ponying up money to pay him.

Tampa Bay doesn’t have to worry about either of those things as Jensen will be signing a three-year deal worth $39M.

The Bucs are all-in for next season as they try and win a second Super Bowl with Brady at the helm.

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