Patriots Extend Tom Brady Through 2019

MARCH 10, 7:30am: Brady’s extension is now official, according to Field Yates of, who reports (via Twitter) that it includes a $28MM signing bonus and $41MM in new money.

Brady’s cap hits for the next four years are now $14MM (2016), $14MM (2017), $22MM (2018), and $22MM (2019), tweets Yates. On the terms of his previous deal, the former Super Bowl MVP had been set to count for $15MM in 2016 and $16MM in 2017, so those charges have been slightly reduced.

MARCH 2, 2:50pm: Brady’s extension has yet to be officially finalized, according to Tom E. Curran of, who says the two sides still need to iron out some financial details.

FEBRUARY 29, 9:05am: The Patriots and Tom Brady have reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension that will keep the star quarterback under team control through the 2019 season, sources tell Adam Schefter and Dianna Marie Russini of (Twitter link).Tom Brady

With Brady set to turn 39 this August, his previous contract had been set to take him through his age-40 season. Adding two more years to that deal means that the longtime Patriots quarterback has the chance to remain in New England until he’s 42, if he plays out the full contract.

Brady, an 11-time Pro Bowler, was as excellent as ever in 2015, throwing for 4,770 yards, 36 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions. Even as he approaches age 40, he shows no signs of slowing down — since he missed most of the 2008 season with a knee injury, Brady has averaged over 4,500 yards and 33 touchdowns per year from 2009 to 2015, making the Pro Bowl in each one of those seasons and not missing a single game.

Brady’s previous contract had been arguably the most team-friendly pact in the NFL, featuring cap hits between $13-15MM for the last three years. In 2016, Brady had been set to earn a $9MM base salary, with a cap number of $15MM. I’d expect the new agreement to reduce that cap charge a little, while giving the signal-caller some additional money up front, in the form of a new signing and/or roster bonus.

The extension for Brady will likely be the first in a series of moves for the Patriots, who have several other candidates for pay cuts, extensions, or outright releases. Chandler Jones, Dont’a Hightower, and Jamie Collins are among the team’s top candidates for extensions, while the contracts for Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell, and Marcus Cannon could also be addressed. The Pats will, of course, have a handful of free agent decisions to make as well.

It will also be interesting to see whether Brady’s new deal affects backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo at all. Garoppolo’s rookie contract expires after the 2017 season, so although I don’t expect him to go anywhere this year, perhaps the Patriots will consider trading him next winter if Brady continues to perform at his current level. New England previously dealt Brady’s former backup, Ryan Mallett, heading into the final year of his rookie contract when it became clear he was no longer in the club’s long-term plans.

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10 comments on “Patriots Extend Tom Brady Through 2019

  1. Rob D

    Wonderful. Another 2 years of this cheating bastard…

    • Nick Ottino

      grow up. you are so jealous i love it. real football fans know nothing happened

      • Foreveryankees

        Hope he breaks his legs in camp, the one dimensional bastard.

        • Bbone34

          My God! Patriot haters are viscous! There’s really not much evidence that the Patriots cheat, if not that they cheat any more than the average team. Am I the only one who remembers they’re losing a 1st and I believe a 3rd rounder for “deflated” footballs. It’s not like they get away with they’re supposed crimes. How would you feel if your team got docked 2 high draft picks for a crime with little evidence and then people won’t stop calling your team cheaters and hoping a man they’ve never met breaks his leg? Pretty messed up.

    • Nick Ottino

      also, it’s another 4 years of domination. not 2

    • Bobby Sweet

      Oh for God’s sake. Did you feel the same way about Jerry Rice? He used Stickum, which is illegal. Does that not make him a cheater? Atlanta piped in crowd noise. Did you call for contraction? No, you didn’t. The Patriots are victims of their own success. If they didn’t win, nobody would care.

    • dopedog22

      Hahaha right that team is alway cheat

  2. json-api

    Haters gonna hate. Pats are a model for success. They’re not even my team. Something to model your team after however.. Must get old playing in the afc championship every year..

    • whtstr314

      I seem to recall quite a bit of proof during the Eagles Super Bowl loss or do you just like to rewrite history? Were the Pyramids put up by Gerard Butler too?

  3. NYY42

    Kraft is going to put $$ in his pocket via “Kraft Production” just like he has the past 8 seasons and make sure his team has cap space! No home town discount here…

    We all know it’s against the rules but the Pats misinterpreted the rules!

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