It looks like Tom Brady will be a part of the Patriots plans well into his 40s.
According to ESPN, the Patriots and Brady have agreed on a two-year extension. The deal locks Brady up through the 2019 season, when he’ll be 42 years old.
Last season, at age 38, Brady led the NFL with 36 passing touchdowns and finished third with 4,770 passing yards. The biggest question with this future Hall of Famer, however, centered around his contract.
Brady entered this offseason with two more years left on his deal. His contract was set to expire after the same season (2017) as that of backup Jimmy Garoppolo.
Brady had two years remaining on his deal and was set to earn $9 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017 although his cap number was a lot higher at $15 million this year and $16 million in 2017.
I would expect that Brady’s new deal is cap friendly and frees up some space for the Patriots to get another weapon for Brady in free agency or trade, either a top running back or wide receiver.
Brady, who turns 39 in August, has often said he feels he has a lot left in the tank to keep playing at a high level. The 2019 season would be his 20th in the league and his 18th as a starter, as he didn’t start as a rookie in 2000 and missed the 2008 season with a knee injury.
The news of the extension comes three days before Brady heads back to court against the NFL over DeflateGate. This time, the league’s appeal of Brady’s overturned suspension will be heard in front of a three-judge panel in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York.