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Brady says he plans to play 10 more years

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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.

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  1. rcunningham says: Apr 30, 2011 2:47 PM

    Good luck with that.

  2. rcunningham says: Apr 30, 2011 2:47 PM

    “Some think he’s destined to finish his career in California, either with the 49ers or a team that ends up in Los Angeles.”

    And this is the first time I’ve ever heard this. Who said that?? Is it the elusive “they”?

  3. bowtiefever says: Apr 30, 2011 2:48 PM

    I think Mallet realizes he is not getting on the field for at least five years unless Brady gets hurt. Ten years is pushing it. I don’t know if he has the personality to wait patiently so I am interested to see how this pans out.

  4. nepatriots128154 says: Apr 30, 2011 2:49 PM

    Please don’t mention Brady on another team. Just picturing it hurts

    Thanks

  5. pervyharvin says: Apr 30, 2011 2:50 PM

    I’m sure Brady will welcome Mallet with the same love Favre gave Rodgers.

  6. deadmanwalking47 says: Apr 30, 2011 2:53 PM

    one blindside hit that knocks him silly,or one more acl tear with a bad infection and he will not make it ten months,much less 10 years!

  7. jo3jo says: Apr 30, 2011 2:53 PM

    Somehow I think Drew Bledsoe had the same “plan” when they drafted Tom Brady. At some point Brady in the hopefully distant future, Brady will need to miss a few games due to injury. If Mallett is the real deal, he may edge out Brady the same way Brady edged out Bledsoe.

  8. notthekiller says: Apr 30, 2011 2:53 PM

    If you can play at a high enough level untill then, sounds good to me. Otherwise say hello Ryan Mallett!

  9. Entropy says: Apr 30, 2011 2:56 PM

    I guarantee that Brady isn’t expecting to move elsewhere. He likes it in NE and still thinks he’s tough enough to play into his 40s in the snow.

    (He’s probably wrong, but that’s who Brady is).

  10. udub says: Apr 30, 2011 2:57 PM

    You can book it right now…Brady isn’t playing 10 more years. Name another 44 year old out there righ now quarterbacking?

  11. ranx777 says: Apr 30, 2011 2:58 PM

    I literally have been reading this site for years and finally just decided to create an account just to say how silly and ridiculous it is to even speculate on where Brady will finish his career.

    A complete joke. Wow.

  12. tommyf15 says: Apr 30, 2011 3:00 PM

    rcunningham says:And this is the first time I’ve ever heard this. Who said that?? Is it the elusive “they”?

    I’ve heard it over the years as well. Brady is from the Bay Area, grew up a big Niners fan, and would like to play for them at some point.

  13. boblavoie says: Apr 30, 2011 3:07 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    I’m sure Brady will welcome Mallet with the same love Favre gave Rodgers.
    ##########
    Shows how much you know! Talk to any of the QBs who played with Tom and you will hear that he is a team player. He knows the importance of teaching his team mates – THAT’S what makes leaders. Sorry you lose.

  14. frankvzappa says: Apr 30, 2011 3:07 PM

    you can’t just make stuff up and then write “some think” in front of it to make it sound like it is not some half-baked farce you just cooked up…its called journalistic integrity, google it

  15. ninerdynasty says: Apr 30, 2011 3:07 PM

    Brady, newsflash, if called the cycle of life, It happened to montana, farve and many other hall of famer QBs.. It mallet turns out to be good, it will happen to you.

  16. rcunningham says: Apr 30, 2011 3:11 PM

    tommyf15 says: Apr 30, 2011 3:00 PM

    rcunningham says:And this is the first time I’ve ever heard this. Who said that?? Is it the elusive “they”?

    I’ve heard it over the years as well. Brady is from the Bay Area, grew up a big Niners fan, and would like to play for them at some point.

    Interesting. Brady does strike me as a Montana-esque character.

  17. PurpleRaid18 says: Apr 30, 2011 3:14 PM

    Favre texted the same thing to Warner only minutes later.

  18. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Apr 30, 2011 3:16 PM

    Brady’s wife won’t let him play for ten more years.

  19. ilpackerbacker says: Apr 30, 2011 3:18 PM

    LOL, awesome. Here we go … Brett Favre Part II.

    I wonder when Brady will attempt to “stick it” to Kraft and Belichick and demand a trade to the Jets.

  20. atwatercrushesokoye says: Apr 30, 2011 3:21 PM

    Question is if he plays another 10 years will we be forced to endure another “Brady 6 special” on the 20th anniversary so he can cry about how other players were taken ahead of him in the draft?

    Tom, you won 3 Super Bowls, made millions and millions of dollars, you knocked up a pretty hot actress and then married a very hot super model…I think you’ve got bragging rights on all 6 of the other guys, let it go!

  21. voyager6 says: Apr 30, 2011 3:22 PM

    You don’t think the players that initiated the lawsuit will be completely forgiven for their part? The owners will have long memories. Once Brady, Manning, Brees, et al have a bad year, look out!

  22. whatswiththehate says: Apr 30, 2011 3:27 PM

    I don’t believe everything on this site but I hope Brady does not become another Brett Farve. I hope he knows when to hold them and when to fold and walk away.

    And I hope he’s humble enough to take Mallett under his wings and Mallett humble enough to go.

  23. southyank7 says: Apr 30, 2011 3:31 PM

    he’s got 4 or 5 yrs left TOPS…. is he drinking tiger blood with charlie sheen…. if he wants to HANG ON that long, GOOD LUCK WITH THAT…Gisele will have to push him around in a wheelchair cause he’s gonna get crushed….

  24. jebdamone says: Apr 30, 2011 3:38 PM

    after watching the documentary on brady and seeing how dissed he felt by the niners not only passing on him in the draft but also using their second rounder on Hofstra QB Giovanni Carmazzi, i find it a little hard to believe he would want to end his career with them.
    i could see him playing his last couple of years with another team, but i think tom is pretty firmly planted with the Pats. as much as it pains me to say it, i am pretty excited to see how good NE makes Mallett…this kid is a ridiculous talent if he can get/keep his head on straight.

  25. j0esixpack says: Apr 30, 2011 3:40 PM

    The only thing keeping Mallet from being drafted in the 1st round were concerns over character.

    Mallet’s now in the best place imaginable to show that he can behave and be a team player. Once he does that he’ll be worth a 2nd or quite possibly a 1st round pick in trade.

    Laughable suggestions that a 3rd round pick is poised to supplant Brady as of draft day are laughable.

    What’s not laughable is the prospect that Belichick just turned a 2011 3rd round pick into a future 1st round pick via trade.

  26. blkmanwtan says: Apr 30, 2011 3:46 PM

    For the last couple of playoff games, Tom Brady has been playing like Ryan Leaf. 10 more years? Hopefully ten more games. The Colts should have drafted a qb aslo. Montana was traded, what make these guys so special?

  27. rcunningham says: Apr 30, 2011 3:51 PM

    blkmanwtan says: Apr 30, 2011 3:46 PM

    For the last couple of playoff games, Tom Brady has been playing like Ryan Leaf. 10 more years? Hopefully ten more games. The Colts should have drafted a qb aslo. Montana was traded, what make these guys so special?

    Montana got traded because Steve Young had taken his spot while he was injured, Montana was also 36.

  28. baboushka says: Apr 30, 2011 3:54 PM

    I think a lot of people are misreading the Mallet draft. I live in Pats land. And I have watched this team go to 4 superbowls. This is just how they do things. Essentially Mallet is a hidden #1-2 draft pick for Belichick over the next 2 years because they already have Tom Brady’s successor in Brian Hoyer. Hoyer is below the radar and right behind Brady, just like Brady was behind Bledsoe and Matt Cassel was behind Brady. I have watched Hoyer for 2 years now and he has serious talent. He has more talent and command of offenses than Kolb, McNabb and any of the free agents QBs IMO. He is ready to lead an NFL team right now, better than Alex Smith in San Fran, Hasselbeck in Seattle, Shaub in Houston, Cassel in KC or Orton in Denver.

    If Brady went down with injury, Hoyer could step right in, immediately, and the Patriots wouldn’t miss a beat. He is Belichick’s hole card, and everyone up here including Tom Brady knows it. He is mobile, reads defenses fast like Brady and has a cannon arm. And he is a fiery personality. Any coach would love him. He would be a quantum leap improvement over Tony Romo in Dallas. And a superb fit in that system with Jason Garrett.

    So here is what Belichick did with Ryan Mallet. They’ll coach up Mallet and trade either him or Hoyer in 2012-2013. He will play Hoyer a lot in the preseason and some during the season to establish his value. If Brady goes down, Hoyer is the next guy and Mallet is the back up. If Brady stays up, Hoyer will be traded for a #2, or #3 in 2012 and Mallet will be Brady’s backup until 2014. After the coach up in 2011-2012, Mallet could fetch the Patriots a #1 pick in 2013 (if Brady is still healthy and Hoyer is still around). Either way, what they did allows them to stockpile a #1-#2 draft pick at the QB position for future drafts. And get use out of it if Brady gets injured.

  29. CKL says: Apr 30, 2011 4:08 PM

    blkmn…that’s just silly. I think the Colts are far more likely to hang on to PM at all costs than the Pats are. Look at Polian’s track record w/his 1st round QBs…it’s an ego deal with him.
    I would bet this though…most of us Pats fans would adjust a LOT better to having to start over @ QB than Colts fans I know of. Their team seems to have more Manning fans than team fans. I personally know of only one very annoying Brady homer who thinks TB can do little wrong and never calls him out when he doesn’t play well. With Colts fans I’ve encountered, that ratio is reversed.

    I can only imagine the mentality of the typical Colts fan I’ve run across had their team drafted Mallet. The Pats board I visit is fine with it. Then again, the Pats aren’t 100% built around helping 1 player succeed like theirs is either so it’s hard to blame them for that level of playerfandom.

  30. thefiesty1 says: Apr 30, 2011 4:14 PM

    In your dreams! Maybe 2-3 years then the Mallett drops.

  31. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Apr 30, 2011 4:26 PM

    That’s pie-in-the-sky thinking on Brady’s part. If I were running the show down the road in Foxboro, Andrew Luck would be New England’s QB the season following the end of Brady’s contract. The Patriots should spare no expense trying to get this kid. After all, we’re only talking about the future of the franchise.

  32. stanjam says: Apr 30, 2011 4:58 PM

    Brady is a great Qb. Probably the best in the NFL right now. However, he is getting older, and his skills WILL decline with time. The Patriots pick up a potential franchise QB. That means in a few years the Patriots will be able to trade away Brady’s hefty contract while he still has value, and pick up at least a first rounder for him as well, all the time not degrading the position too much.

    Especially if the running backs work out, and Malleck works out, you can dump Brady in three years and still have an excellent team, AND more draft picks!

  33. ilpackerbacker says: Apr 30, 2011 5:07 PM

    I don’t think the Pats will win another one anyways. They had their time. Brady saying he’s going to play ten more years is beyond ridiculous.

    He’ll start chucking bags of kittens up in the air with a minute to go like Favre did for the past decade and then they won’t know how the hell to get rid of him. I just watched Favre do this crap. Ever since he threw SIX picks against the Rams, I couldn’t wait for him to leave. Get out and stay out.

  34. bigtrav425 says: Apr 30, 2011 5:49 PM

    i can assure you if he does it wont all be with the Pats.2-3 more yrs and he is out if not with injury before that

  35. stixzidinia says: Apr 30, 2011 6:15 PM

    Shows how much you know! Talk to any of the QBs who played with Tom and you will hear that he is a team player. He knows the importance of teaching his team mates – THAT’S what makes leaders. Sorry you lose.

    ———————

    It’s easy to be a “leader” when you’re in your 20’s or early 30’s and know there’s no way this young QB is going to take your job. Favre was in his late 30’s when his replacement was drafted. Apples and oranges with Favre. Funny though how Brady would even include a comment like that in his exchange with Warner regarding Mallett. Brady knows damn well that when the time comes Belichick will kick him to the curb like he has every other veteran player.

    Then again, in 5 years the NFL will be a flag football league so maybe he can play another 10.

  36. endzonezombie says: Apr 30, 2011 6:24 PM

    baboushka – shouldn’t you be writing this stuff over on boston.com and see if anyone thinks you are as smart as you think you are?

  37. kellenmcclain says: Apr 30, 2011 6:57 PM

    Mallet says “Nobody axe me how long ima gonna play!”

  38. joetoronto says: Apr 30, 2011 7:56 PM

    Brady will be discarded just like all the other vets the Pats have dumped over the years.

    Sad, but true.

  39. drunkenagitator says: Apr 30, 2011 8:16 PM

    Ten years…LOL! No way. He has three, maybe four top-shelf “Bradyesque” seasons left in him, then maybe two or three typical fading, old QB seasons…if he stays healthy. By 2021 he’ll be long gone as a player.

    Mallet blows, ever watch any of his games at Arkansas? Cannon arm, but like a statue. Not too smart, makes tons of bad decisions and gets easily flustered too. Forces lots of balls, potential to be a Favre-like INT machine minus the gaudy Farve-like stats. AND he has “issues” with booze & drugs too.

    NE being NE, they’ll no doubt trade him to some desperate QB-starved team for a 1 or a 2 and make out on the deal. This talk about him “pushing” Brady is hogwash. Unless Brady gets hurt he’ll never see the field in a real game as a Pat.

  40. montymontana15 says: Apr 30, 2011 8:33 PM

    Tommy is gonna retire to Brazil and learn to play real futbol.

  41. greenmeattruck says: Apr 30, 2011 10:01 PM

    Farve is gonna be pissed!!!(wanna see my danny woodhead?)

  42. Chris Ross says: May 1, 2011 1:24 AM

    I thought the Patriots were so smart to take Ryan Mallett. They obviously see something in the guy and with his problems he is now going to be able to learn the game in a great environment without having any pressure of starting now. Character issues or not, I’m amazed that a guy with the physical tools of Mallett could fall all the way the 74, especially when a guy like Ponder gets taken at 12. I think some teams in need of a quarterback are really going to regret it and with the pick the Pats really haven’t used much to get the guy. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say.

    http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/bang-for-the-buck/

  43. stavreafavre says: May 1, 2011 5:25 PM

    I’d like to play with Brady’s wife for just one weekend.

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