Well, if Pats coach Bill Belichick’s plan in drafting quarterback Ryan Mallett was to light a little fire under the lower strands of Tom Brady’s mullet, it worked.
NFL Network’s Kurt Warner said on this air earlier today that Brady plans to spend another decade in the NFL.
“I did text Tom Brady after this pick and he wanted me to know for sure that he was planning on playing 10 more years,” Warner said during the Total Access Pre-Draft show.
Brady will celebrate his 34th birthday later this year.
If he indeed plays 10 more years, the question is how many more of those seasons will be played with the Patriots. Some think he’s destined to finish his career in California, either with the 49ers or a team that ends up in Los Angeles.
If the antitrust lawsuit that bears his name successfully defeats any and all restrictions on free agency, the Patriots will have no way to definitely retain Brady’s rights beyond 2014, the final year of his current contract.