Buccaneers re-sign center Ryan Jensen

Tom Brady is back, and so is his center.

The Buccaneers re-signed center Ryan Jensen, the team announced Monday.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it’s a three-year $39 million deal with $23 million guaranteed.

“When we originally signed Ryan four years ago, we thought he was one of the best centers in the league, and he has only elevated his level of play in his years with us,” said Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. “He also brings a toughness and grit that sets the tone for our offensive line, which has become one of the best units in the NFL. Ryan is a key component of our football team, and keeping him was a major priority for us this offseason. We are very excited that he chose to remain with us as we strive to contend for another championship.”

Over the last two seasons, in which Jensen earned both a Super Bowl ring and a 2022 Pro Bowl selection, the Buccaneers’ offensive line allowed a sack on just 3.2 percent of pass plays – the best mark in the league over that span. Tampa Bay has also recorded the most games without a sack since the start of the 2020 season, with 11 such games.

Jensen originally joined the Buccaneers as a free agent in 2018. He has appeared in and started all 65 regular-season games over the past four seasons for the Buccaneers while also starting all six playoff games Tampa Bay has played, including Super Bowl LV.

Since Jensen’s arrival in 2018, Tampa Bay ranks first in the NFL in passing yards per game (305.0), second in total yards per game (400.9), second in points per game (28.6), second in third-down conversion percentage (44.5), second in first downs per game (23.2) and second in yards per play (6.1).

The Baltimore Ravens selected Jensen with a sixth-round selection (No. 203 overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Colorado State-Pueblo. He spent his first five years in the NFL with Baltimore before signing with the Buccaneers in 2018 and has played in 100 career regular-season games, making 90 starts. His 5,307 offensive snaps since becoming a full-time starter in 2017 are the most by any NFL player during that span.

 

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