Tom Brady, Patriots have preliminary talks on contract extension

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Tom Brady’s current contract runs through the 2019 season, when he’ll be 42 years old. But as Brady talks about playing into his mid-40s, or maybe longer, there’s already talk of a contract extension.

Brady and the Patriots have expressed mutual interest in a new contract and have had “very early” talks, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

That shouldn’t be a surprise. Brady and Patriots owner Robert Kraft have consistently agreed to new deals well before Brady hit free agency. There’s surely interest from both sides in keeping things going for the foreseeable future.

Brady has a cap hit of $14 million in 2017 and cap hits of $22 million in 2018 and 2019. Those are affordable numbers for a franchise quarterback, especially when the Patriots are as good as anyone in the NFL at managing their cap. But it could make sense for both sides for Brady to extend his deal with a signing bonus that can be prorated into the future and give the Patriots short-term cap relief. If the Patriots keep taking that approach, they may find themselves in a position where Brady ends up having a huge cap hit the year after he retires, but by that point the Patriots will figure that one year of cap pain is well worth the many years they had Tom Brady on their roster at an affordable price.

If Kraft and Bill Belichick are as confident as Brady is that Brady can keep playing well into his 40s, it makes sense to lock him up well into his 40s.

51 responses to “Tom Brady, Patriots have preliminary talks on contract extension

  1. On its face it seems borderline ridiculous, but what is really ridiculous is that we assume that everyone should be evaluated by age, when in reality, heredity, lifestyle choices, etc yield vastly different results for people of the same age. Everyone has seen a 30 year old who looks 50 and a 50 year old who looks 30. The calendar says Brady is almost 40, but all other evidence says otherwise.

  2. And that is how it’s been done right along. Brady has never played a contract year. His contract typically gets torn up with at least 2 years on it and he gets his cash up front. While he could certainly have made more over the years Brady has consistently gotten his while making sure from a cap perspective the team has gotten what they needed as well. Good business for both sides but it requires a degree of faith and trust from both parties that you just don’t see often in a league with non guaranteed contracts.

  3. Hope he plays well and can make it to 45. Was always a Brady and belichick hater with all of the cheating scandals. He changed my opinion watching these playoffs and the Super Bowl. Hope to watch him play as long as possible. There might not be another one as good as he is and I’ll be rooting for him in games that he isn’t playing the Vikings.

  4. The way he trains and manages his health, I could see another 5 years of quality play. And even at the end a 80% Brady would still be a match for any other QB in the league. I guess what I’m saying is that for his haters the cold suffocating dark goes on forever and they are alone.

  5. .
    On the field Brady looks the same as he did ten years ago. He’s ten years smarter in his head however
    .

  6. Of all the “cheating” the Patriots have done. This is by far the most useful

    Brady is the 14th highest paid QB in the NFL last league. And his cap hit won’t be much at all until after he retires and it all won’t matter anymore.

  7. Given that the Pats enter this offseason $63M UNDER the cap, and always manage their cap extremely well, I’m sure they’d manage any big hit after Brady retires.

  8. The only thing that would scare me is Peyton Manning’s 2014 season, where he started on fire and ended the year looking like one of the worst QBs in the league.

    As Florio likes to say, Father Time is undefeated.

  9. Need to do a bit more homework here. Per Miguel at patsfans.com, his 2017 cap number is $14M, but only $1M is salary–the rest is prorated signing bonus. This means that his 2017 cap number can’t really be lowered.

  10. If Kraft and Bill Belichick are as confident as Brady is that Brady can keep playing well into his 40s, it makes sense to lock him up well into his 40s.

    Yeah it could get interesting. We know what Brady has said and what we (fans) all want to believe but honestly, I just dont think more than 1 maybe 2 more years of higher level QB play is being realistic. He’s also got wifey nagging him to hang em up. But all that matters is what Bill believes and we’ll find out soon I guess.

  11. Brady gets it.

    Get paid reasonably so that the GM can put a good defense on the field.

    Knowing that Brady himself will improve the lesser-known, and probably lesser-paid offense.

  12. You know what they do every time they extend him is pay him a small salary and then Kraft cuts him a check on the side that doesn’t go against the cap. A little under the table money. Happens with every team no mater what the sport is.

  13. Brady, among his other attributes, is a realist. He knows that he is fortunate to be playing with the best head coach/GM in the league. He knows that his personal success as a quarterback is highly dependent on the team-mates that the team surrounds him with on the field. And that takes cap space.

    He can afford to take a smaller compensation package, not just because his wife is rich, which she is, but also because he knows he will play out his career for the Patriots, and he will be able to do pretty much anything he wants to do for them for the rest of his life.

  14. Meanwhile, the Redskins might franchise Cousins again and pay him 24 million.

    To quote Sesame Street:

    “One of these things is not like the other…”

  15. Favre, Manning, Tarkenton, Staubach, Unitas, Elway all fell off a cliff at 37-39.
    Brady playing just as well at 39 suggests more than just good genes and exercise.

  16. finzfan49 says:
    Feb 16, 2017 2:24 PM
    You know what they do every time they extend him is pay him a small salary and then Kraft cuts him a check on the side that doesn’t go against the cap. A little under the table money. Happens with every team no mater what the sport is.

    No, you DON’T know what they do. How about some evidence, or do make up evidence like Goodell and his boys do?

  17. Why would the Patriots want short term cap relief if they are $63 million under the cap for 2017? If anything a restructure/extension would serve to take some additional cap hit in 2017 and eat into the post-retirement hit.

  18. Kraft to Brady. ” Tommy same as before, minimum rate that we can get away with and I will see you right. Rog or anybody else will be none the wiser. No texts, nothing keep it simple between us like always, thanks Tom. Oh! how does the New England Shadys sound, thinking about changeing our name, what you think eh!”

  19. I think he should get half of Goodell’s salary in 2017 as an additional bonus paid by the NFL. The NFL can call it a Mea Culpa bonus.

  20. Brady probably thinks 20 million/year is too much. He’ll take less. He has other brothers in the team who need to get paid better.

  21. Michael Jordan made a lot more money outside his NBA contracts and so could Brady if he wanted. Up to now he’s kept his endorsements low key but he could sign with anybody for a fortune. Plus his wife is worth $400M so money isn’t really his primary driver. Being the greatest to ever lace up football shoes is everything and spreading the cap money around gets him more rings. They key was winning the first 3 in 4 years so that his legacy was set. He was never goi g to be cut or traded.

  22. Goodell just popped 3 Xanax and cracked a 1/5th of Jack before getting a conference call to concoct a new “cheating scandal” he can sell via ESPN and dopes in America, jealous of NE.

    bahwaha

    abwahahaha

    Wait until FA vets starting knocking down the door to want to play for NE as cap hits of other teams’, poorly managed by god awful, moronic GMs.

    LOL!

  23. Jimmy G has the same agent as Tom Brady. Don’t underestimate that fact when considering if the Pats will trade Jimmy G. If they plan on utilizing the formula of having a top shelf qb work out team friendly deals then they might want to keep working with Brady’s agent. Not many agents would ever take a penny less then their client could get on open market. I wouldn’t be supsrised at all if Pats find a way to pay Jimmy G enough to keep him around so he can take over as the starter in 2 or 3 years. Brady playing 5 more years is a pipe dream.

  24. No quarterback has ever passed for more than 3,000 yards past age 41.

    Any new contract at this point is about paying him back for his years of playing at a discount. The idea that anyone, even Belichick, could be “confident that Brady can keep playing well into his 40’s” is a bit ridiculous.

  25. Brady has made well over 100 million in salary. That’s not including endorsements and TV commercials. His wife has an income of over 50 million a year and has for some time.

    Anyone who thinks that Brady is “getting a little something extra under the table” is beyond clueless and simply a jealous, angry fan of another team.

    He quite simply doesn’t need it and never will. Doing so will add absolutely nothing to his already incredibly wonderful life, but getting caught at doing so would have awful consequences for him and the team.

    What I see is a bunch of people who if they were in Brady’s position would do the corrupt thing. That’s what is says about you people. All it says about Brady is you know absolutely squat.

  26. More important is that being 14th in salary gives them enough cap space to buy strength in the positions that allow Brady to keep being Brady – pass protection being key.

  27. vikinghooper says:
    Feb 16, 2017 2:49 PM
    Favre, Manning, Tarkenton, Staubach, Unitas, Elway all fell off a cliff at 37-39.
    Brady playing just as well at 39 suggests more than just good genes and exercise.
    ========================
    Naturally

    Urine could come back clean and there would still be plenty of people claiming it wasn’t his. smh

  28. Well his contract extensions have included front loaded monies. Also Mr Kraft contracts with one of Brady’s companies.

  29. The idea that Brady might keep winning well into his forties has the heads of haters exploding. They all thought he was done after one bad game in KC in 2014. That game also led to the best Belichick response (a dismissive smirk) to a question from the press when some clown asked if Bill would be reconsidering the starting quarterback for the next game. Brady has won two super bowls since then.

  30. vikinghooper says:
    Feb 16, 2017 2:49 PM

    Favre, Manning, Tarkenton, Staubach, Unitas, Elway all fell off a cliff at 37-39.
    Brady playing just as well at 39 suggests more than just good genes and exercise.
    —————————-

    Yep. There’s good eating as well.

    He’s not like Big Ben, who wolfs down a Cheese Steak or three and a six-pack of Yuengling at one sitting.

  31. weepingjebus says:
    Feb 16, 2017 1:22 PM

    “I guess what I’m saying is that for his haters the cold suffocating dark goes on forever and they are alone.”

    That sir, was VERY funny.

  32. I was a Bear’s fan for years… off and on, sometimes an Eagle’s fan and I loved watching Montana at work. Around ’98 I started appreciating the Patriots. I liked that guy Bledsoe. Then he got hurt and this rookie came in, some guy named Brady. It didn’t take long before I was a Patriot’s fan and I remain so until this day. He’s cool. He’s classy. He’s humble. He’s got it all and he consistently blows my mind. I’ved looked into all that cheating evidence and I’m well aware of what every team in the league does. Brady passes the smell test with me and every time they lay a bunch of BS on him, like he wins by cheating, he comes back and kicks ass well beyond what he was doing before; like in the second half of that Colt’s game.

    Tom Brady is the real deal. What he did in that last Super Bowl is good evidence that angel’s have kissed him and God loves him. So do I. He makes my world better by being in it and has my gratitude… all up and down the line. God bless you Tom; from every one of us who get it and who know what kind of cool and wonderful you bring to the whole thing. I can’t thank you enough. As for all the failures and teeth grinding jealousy and envy junkies.. you can K M A. Those of us who have made a success of our lives do not hold it against others for shining their light. It makes it warmer and brighter for all of us and the more of us that do it, the better all of the rest of us are; whether we are aware of it or not.

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