Coming off his first career Pro Bowl season, Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen will look to land a huge contract in free agency. Set to turn 31 in May, Jensen is probably getting his final opportunity to cash in with a long-term deal.
Ryan Jensen: Free Agency Overview
Jensen is riding a wave of momentum entering free agency. Over the past seasons, he’s won a Super Bowl and been named a Pro Bowler at a vital position. Playing in front of Tom Brady has its perks.
Recapping Jensen’s 2021 season
Jensen played in all 17 games last season, his eighth in the NFL. The veteran lineman played 97% of the Bucs’ offensive snaps during the regular season. He also appeared in both of Tampa Bay’s playoff matchups despite suffering an ankle injury early in the postseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jensen was able to complete his four-year, $42 million contract that he signed with the Bucs in 2018.
Jensen’s contract estimate and salary cap implications
Jensen, a former sixth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens, has made $45.6 million during his eight-year career. Last season, he earned $10 million in the final year of his deal with the Bucs. According to Spotrac, his market value for annual average is projected as exactly $10 million, which means he will probably make around the same salary he had last year.
Possible landing spots for Jensen
While the Bucs would probably love to re-sign Jensen, they are likely to have competition. Teams like the New York Jets, Washington Commanders, and Cincinnati Bengals could all use upgrades at center. Jensen is coming off his best season, so he should draw plenty of suitors on the open market.
What they’re saying about Jensen
“He’s extremely tough, extremely competitive, and he’s very productive. He’s actually really improved his game, even from the last time that he was a free agent. I would think he’d be the top center on the market.” — Longtime NFL scout to Pro Football Network on Jensen’s free agent outlook.