This morning, according to multiple reports including ESPN's golden boy, Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots and Tom Brady agreed to a 2-year contract extension through the 2019 season. Brady's new contract will take him into his age 42 season, but he is playing better than ever.
When veterans take a deal like this, it is usually to lower their cap hit, and I would not be surprised if this is the case with Tom Brady. Per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, expect the cash number to go up for TB12, but the cap hit to go down (Because that totally makes sense. Thanks, NFL). There is no immediate word on the monetary details, but Brady was schedule to count $15 million against the cap in 2016, and $16 million against the cap in 2017. At the age of 38, Tom Brady now has 4 more years on his current contract.
Bill Belichick has always been cutthroat when it comes to releasing and trading players, but Tom Brady has always been different. This new deal tells me that, if there was any doubt in anyone's mind before, that Tom Brady is now going to retire as a New England Patriot.
Where does this lead other players, specifically Jimmy Garoppolo? If Garoppolo gets to the end of his deal, Brady will still have 2 more years on his contract.
Playing under a guy like Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and the other great quarterbacks of the game is fantastic for learning the ins-and-outs of the NFL, but at some point Jimmy Garoppolo wants his shot at being Tom Brady.
Will the Patriots trade Jimmy Garoppolo for an early 2nd round pick, load up for another Super Bowl (or 2) run, and let Tom Brady and Bill Belichick race off into the sunset? I hope so.