New England quarterback Tom Brady is not messing around about playing football well into his 40s. According to NFL sources Monday, the 39-year-old quarterback and the Patriots have agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2019 season. The new deal assures that Brady – barring injury or a decline in ability – will be the face of the Patriots at least till the age of 41.
As reported by ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Brady had two years left on his contract that would’ve paid him $9 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017. The new deal will save the team some room in salary cap space as his scheduled $15 million cap hit would’ve been the highest on the team.
Just like in previous years, Brady’s team-friendly deal will help the team negotiate extensions with some of their key defensive players like linebackers Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower, defensive end Chandler Jones and cornerback Malcolm Butler. The salary cap space will also help bring in some new offensive pieces for Brady to make another Super Bowl run.
Brady’s extension could also mean the team could explore moving backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The 2014 second-round draft choice was drafted to eventually replace Brady, but with the superstar quarterback appearing to be still at the top of his game, there could be some value for Garoppolo. Tom Brady’s new deal has yet to be signed.