Center Jensen agrees to 3-year deal with Bucs

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Center Ryan Jensen has agreed to a three-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his agent, Mike McCartney, announced on Sunday night.

The deal is worth $39 million and includes $23 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN’s Jenna Laine.

Jensen, who turns 31 on May 27, sustained an ankle sprain in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ wild-card game against the Philadelphia Eagles in January but played through it. He surrendered only two sacks in both the regular-season and postseason combined and produced a 93.1% pass block win rate from the center position — regular-season and playoffs combined — the last two years protecting Tom Brady.

Jensen signed as a free agent with the Buccaneers in 2018, moving from guard to center as the team wanted to bring more attitude and toughness to its offensive line. Jensen immediately emerged as a tone-setter. His 4,518 snaps at the center position are the most of any offensive lineman since 2018.

Initially, Jensen had issues channeling his aggression and at times, it led to costly penalties, but he’s improved tremendously in that department. In his first season in Tampa, his 11 penalties were tied for fourth-most in the league among offensive linemen. That number dropped to seven over the last two seasons.

Originally drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2013 draft, he has appeared in 100 games with 90 starts in eight seasons.

Source: ESPN NFL


Author: Ellen Garcia