Tom Brady, Patriots Agree To Two-Year Contract Extension
Tom Brady and the Patriots have agreed to a two-year contract extension which will keep the legendary quarterback in New England through the 2019 season, per NFL sources.Advertisement
Brady, at 38, led the league in touchdowns (36) last season, was ranked third in the league with 4,770 passing yards and had the fourth best RAT Passer Rating (102.2). In fact, Brady was in the running for the MVP award until the last month before Cam Newton ran away with honor.
Brady, who set a new record for the best touchdowns-interceptions ratio among QB’s who are at least 38 years old, had two years left on his contract. Brady’s salary-cap charge for the coming season was slated to be a team-high $15 million, but the extension will likely lower that figure.
Tom Brady extension means…
Apparently, Brady intends to play for “at least four (more) years” according to a Yahoo Sports report. If this is true, Jimmy Garoppolo can kiss his hopes of being a starting QB goodbye. Remember, Garoppolo was drafted to eventually replace Brady in the starting unit.
Besides re-signing Brady, the Patriots need to bring back its core group of defenders including linebackers Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower, defensive end Chandler Jones and cornerback Malcolm Butler, who are all free agents heading into the new season. New England have around $13 million in salary-cap space to ensure it brings back the same squad from last season.
Peyton Manning’s records…
If Brady plays through the 2019, he will have a great shot at breaking some of Peyton Manning’s career milestones. Brady is still 13,912 yards behind Manning’s all-time record of 71,940, which the former is projected to break sometime in late 2018, provided he stays healthy at the age of 40.
Brady, still 111 touchdowns behind Manning, also has a chance to surpass the record of 539 touchdowns set by the Broncos QB. On an average, Brady is expected to complete 4,000 yards and 30 TD’s per season – which would mean he’d go into the 2019 season on the verge of shattering all records.
It would be hard to bet against Tom Brady.