NFL legend Tom Brady agrees new deal to tie him to the New England Patriots beyond his 44th birthday
Six-time Super Bowl winner Brady, who turned 42 on Saturday, was given a lucrative birthday present by Patriots owner Robert Kraft in the form a new two-year extension which, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, will see the veteran quarterback increase his 2019 salary from $15 million to $23 million.Also on rt.com 'My wife makes lots of money. I'm smarter than you think!': Tom Brady on being underpaid in NFL
Brady was on the cusp of entering the last season of a restructured two-year deal this season, but the Patriots secured a new deal with their talismanic play-caller to continue the franchise's run of not allowing their quarterback to start a new season going into the final year of an existing deal.
Brady's new deal will take him through to the 2021 season, where he will be 44 years of age. Just five quarterbacks have continued playing after their 42nd birthday (and only one of them completed a full season), though Brady has consistently said that he wants to play until he is 45. This new deal appears to keep those hopes alive.
Patriots’ QB Tom Brady is signing a two-year extension that will pay him $23 million this year, per source. It makes him the 6th highest-paid QB in the league.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 4, 2019
The #Patriots and QB Tom Brady are in agreement on a 2-year deal worth $70M, source said, thru 2021. He gets $23M this year, then $30M and $32M in the following years — though both sides are amenable to adjusting it if the situations warrants. It’s essentially year-to-year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 4, 2019
"I appreciate this team and the opportunity it gave me in 2000," Brady said last Wednesday, before news of his new contract was made public.
"I play for a great coach in Coach [Bill] Belichick, and [offensive coordinator] Josh [McDaniels] and I have a great working relationship. I love Mr. [Robert] Kraft and his family. We've had just incredible success. Hopefully we can keep it going."Also on rt.com ‘Known cheater’: TV producer fired for cheeky jab at Tom Brady in Super Bowl graphic
Brady was drafted 199th overall by the Patriots in the 2000 NFL Draft and has gone on to have an all-time great career at Foxboro Stadium. Teamed up with legendary Patriots coach Belichick, Brady has led the franchise to six Super Bowls, with the most recent coming last season against the Los Angeles Rams.
With Brady tied to the team for at least two more years, the Patriots' fanbase will be optimistic about continuing that level of success for at least a few years more.