Tom Brady recently signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him playing in New England through at least 2019, exciting Patriots fans and forcing Jimmy Garoppolo supporters to wait for a few more years if they want to see him start.
Brady’s new deal gives him the chance to play in the NFL until he’s 42 years old. Brady has said he wants to play until he’s close to 50 years old, and the Patriots may be prepared to let that happen if the quarterback feels he can go for the next 10 years.
The deal is huge for New England for multiple reasons. For one, it most likely will push some of Brady’s money towards the end of his career, lessening the cap hit his contract would have on the team. Brady was previously scheduled to cost $15 million against the Patriots’ 2016 cap and $16 million against the Patriots’ 2017 cap, so this deal will give the team more money to work with for some of its big stars.
The extension also delays any possible quarterback problems for the Patriots for at least four more years, which could give New England the chance to trade Garoppolo if a team is interested and willing to give some good value. Four years is a lot of time in the NFL, which means solid quarterbacks will become available through the NFL Draft and free agency. The Patriots’ starter post-Brady may not even be in the league yet, and this deal gives the team the chance to pursue a great talent in the next couple of years to learn under Brady and then take over after he leaves the league.
Brady has also done some work to his contract in the past to give the Patriots more room to make moves in free agency. It gives the team more wiggle room to work with star defensive players like Dont’a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Malcolm Butler, and Chandler Jones in the next few years, and pursue more players in free agency to give the team the best shot at another Super Bowl.
The team is already bringing back most of its starting lineup from last season, and beginning to lock up more of their core players means the Patriots won’t be leaving anytime soon.