New England Patriots fans will be glad to hear that Tom Brady is going to be there for the long haul.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini, via Mike Reiss, the quarterback has signed a two-year contract extension with the AFC East franchise, keeping at the team until the end of the 2019 season, at which Brady will be 42-years-old.
Prior to the new deal being signed, the two-time NFL MVP had two years left on his contract, with him earning a base salary of $9 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017, with a cap hit of $15 million in 2016, and $16 million in 2017.
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The financial logistics of the deal are yet to be released, but we know this is a wise move by the Patriots, as they only have a cap-space amount of $13 million with several contracts expiring soon on key defenders such as linebackers Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower, defensive end Chandler Jones and cornerback Malcolm Butler.
Brady has expressed his desire in the past to play well into his 40s, and this contract extension allows him to do just that, but the deal is yet to be signed and ESPN sources claim it might not be signed for a while.
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If he manages to stay at the Patriots for the entirety of his new deal, the four-time Super Bowl champion would become the fourth player in NFL history to play 20 or more seasons with the same team, the other three being Jackie Slater, Darrell Green, and Jason Hanson.
Brady would also become the third Hall of Fame quarterback to play 20 or more seasons in the NFL, behind George Blanda and Brett Favre when he is eventually inducted after he retires from the game.
The 11-time Pro Bowler's numbers across his career shows why he is deserving of this contract extension. Not only has he won the Super Bowl four times, but he is ranked fifth overall in NFL history in completions with 4,953, fifth in passing yards with 58,028, and he is tied third in passing touchdowns with 428.
Last season too, Brady had the highest touchdown-to-interception ratio for a quarterback aged 38 or older in NFL history with a ratio of 5.1 after throwing 36 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.
For what he has done for the Patriots franchise, he is highly regarded as one of the most underpaid players in the league after he signed a five-year, $60 million contract in 2013. He has taken the Patriots to the playoffs for the past seven seasons, and to the AFC Championship game for the past five seasons.
Brady is a truly remarkable player who still has time on his side to go and win more Super Bowls because of his form and the players around him.
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