Tom Brady, who is both a New England Patriots and an NFL legend, in the last few days has a agreed a new two-year deal, which will see him stay with the Patriots beyond his 44th birthday.
The Super Bowl champions were keen to tie down their most prized asset, and now they’ll be certain to see Brady continue for them into his 45th year.
Robert Kraft Offer
Veteran gunslinger Brady, who is a six-time Super Bowl champion, turned 42 on Saturday, and it was then that Patriots owner Robert Kraft decided to offer up a two-year extension, making it a birthday to remember for the California born quarterback. Reliable sources from the NFL world claim that Brady’s new deal will take his salary from $15 million to $23 million, but he’s undoubtedly worth every cent.
Two Year Deal
The New England Patriots have always been determined to prevent their talisman from entering the final year of his contract, so you could say that the move to tie him down for a further two years was expected. Brady’s new contract will run until 2021, when he will be 44 years old, and this will see him enter a club which contains only five quarterbacks at the time of writing.
So far, only five quarterbacks in NFL history have ever continued playing past their 42nd birthday, with only one of the five completing the whole season, but Brady is aiming to buck that trend somewhat. He’s previously expressed a desire to play until he’s 45, and the new deal certainly makes that a possibility, with Brady likely to be the recipient of a contract extension in 2021.
Speaking just prior to the contract announcement going public, Brady said, “I appreciate this team and the opportunity it gave me in 2000. I play for a great coach in Coach (Bill) Belichick, and Josh McDaniels (offensive coordinator) and I have a great working relationship. I love Mr. Kraft and his family. We’ve had just incredible success. Hopefully we can keep it going.”
One Of The Greatest
The 2000 NFL draft saw Brady drafter 199th by the Patriots, and since then he’s gone on to establish himself as one of the greatest NFL players of all time. He’s enjoyed a very successful career with the Patriots, and this has seen his team benefit as a result. Brady and coach Belichick combined proved to be an unstoppable force, with the pair leading the team to six Super Bowl successes, with the latest being just last season against the LA Rams.
There has always been question marks, especially from Patriots supporters, about what happens after the Tom Brady era at Foxboro Stadium, but that’s something fans won’t need to worry about now until at least 2021, with it highly likely Brady will commit further at that point to ensure he reaches his target of playing until the ripe old age of 45.