If you had any doubts that Tom Brady would finish his career as a New England Patriot then those questions have been answered.
Tom Brady signs a contract that should make him a Patriot for life. Will have full details to you very shortly.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) February 25, 2013
According to Peter King, the extension will add three years to Brady’s current deal making his deal run to the age of 40 years old. This will be the second contract that Brady has taken less money than his worth on. Here are some more details on the current offer according to King.
After the Patriots move money around to lessen the blow of Brady’s money in a flat-cap era — the NFL’s salary cap is expected to be virtually the same in the next two years as it was last season, about $121 million a year — here will be Brady’s cap numbers over the next five seasons, according to a source with knowledge of the contract:
2013: $13.8 million.
2014: $14.8 million.
2015: $13 million.
2016: $14 million.
2017: $15 million.
The deal will make things easier on the New England Patriots cap space over the next few years. While Brady will be making less than other star quarterbacks around the league who’ll soon be signing extensions (Joe Flacco, Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers), he has put his team in position to surround himself with better complementary players as they are still in position to compete for a Super Bowl. He’ll also be making less than competing quarterbacks Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, both of whom you could say that Brady has outplayed during his tenure in the league.
In the past Brady has mentioned he’s wanted to play until the age of 40 and with this deal he’ll get his wish. Though Brady is one of the older quarterbacks currently starting in the NFL, he’s still a top-3 or top-5 talent. Things have been that way since he’s taken over in 2001 and led his team to five Super Bowl appearances (winning three) and won two league MVP awards.
This move also gives Bill Belichick time to find Brady’s future replacement. They currently have Ryan Mallet on the roster and the coaching staff thinks highly of him. It’s possible he could wait until Brady’s tenure is over to step into the starting role after several years of being the back-up a la Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre. But for now it gives the team a chance to ultimately focus on other areas on the team since they know they’ll have their man at quarterback for the next four seasons.