Tom Brady will sign a contract extension with the New England Patriots that will see the quarterback play well into his 40s, according to reports.
ESPN reports that Brady will tack two years on to his current deal, extending his career until 2019. Brady is due to earn $9m in 2016 and $10m in 2017, with a salary cap charge of $15m this year. However, the extension is likely to lower the latter figure which could help free up room to negotiate new contracts for players such as Chandler Jones and Malcolm Butler, whose deals are up at the end of next season.
While Brady’s great rival Peyton Manning is likely to announce his retirement in the near future, the Patriots quarterback, who turns 39 in August, has spoken of his desire to extend his career for as long as possible. “I’d like to play a long time,” Brady said in October 2015. “There’s a lot that goes into playing well. I’ve played with a lot of great team-mates. But I want to play for a long time, maybe 10 more years. I think that’s probably what my goal is.”
Brady, unlike Manning, has shown little sign of decline as he approaches 40. He threw for 36 touchdowns last season – his highest tally in the regular season since 2011. His seven interceptions were also his lowest total since 2010.