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Brady thought Patriots were ready to draft his replacement

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37-year-old Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be the second oldest starting quarterback in the NFL when the season starts this fall, just one year behind five time MVP Peyton Manning.

Brady has led the Pats to five super bowls, winning three of them, but understands his own mortality as a football player.

"I had a pretty good idea we’d take a quarterback," Brady told Sports Illustrated's Peter King, about his thoughts on how the Patriots would approach the NFL draft.

New England already had one of the most coveted backup quarterbacks in the NFL on its roster, in Ryan Mallett, before drafting Jimmy Garoppolo, from Eastern Illinois in the second round.

“Coach Belichick doesn’t care who the quarterback is here. He’s always going to play the guy who he thinks gives him the best chance to win," Brady added.

Brady, though, has one of the most secure jobs in America, having led the Patriots to the AFC East division championship in ever full season he's played since 2003, 10 of the last 11 seasons, and has guided the Patriots to the AFC Championship game in each of the past three seasons.

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