Tom Brady Will Play In 2018, Wants New Contract

Tom Brady will indeed suit up for the 2018 campaign, but he’d like a new contract from the Patriots prior to the season getting underway, according to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL.com.

Earlier today, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reported that while most close to Brady expected he would return for New England for another year, the future Hall of Famer hadn’t officially committed to continuing his career. Per the NFL.com scribes, Brady is not giving any thought to an immediate retirement, and the Patriots are planning as if he will be their starting quarterback.

While Brady is hoping to work out a fresh deal before the season begins, his contractual status is “not driving” his absence from voluntary workouts, tweets Garafolo. In fact, it doesn’t seem as though a new pact is a pressing issue, as Garafolo notes the most important matter on the table is determining Brady’s “short- and long-term future.”

Brady, who has long been a bargain by quarterback contract standards, is currently signed through the 2019 campaign. In each of the next two years, he’s scheduled to earn a base salary of $15MM, while $7MM of annually prorated signing bonus money will bring the 40-year-old’s cap charges to $22MM in each season.

New England, of course, dealt Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers at the 2017 trade deadline, so the club doesnt’t currently have a youthful quarterback on its roster. Veteran Brian Hoyer is the only signal-caller aside from Brady on the Patriots’ depth chart, but the team has been linked to a number of quarterback prospects leading up to the 2018 draft.

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16 comments on “Tom Brady Will Play In 2018, Wants New Contract

  1. itslonelyatthetrop

    I’m sure Kraft and Belichick will oblige him but the details are a bit vague. Does he want a raise? More guaranteed money? Alex Guerrero named to the team’s staff?

    • Clark K

      Matt Cassel brought them to the playoffs and Hoyer is better than him with a weak AFC east, easily make the playoffs no matter who is at QB

      • rocky7

        Be careful….very careful what you wish for!
        Cassel was long ago and far away…..do you really think the cast behind Hoyer is THAT GOOD to lead to the playoffs! Guess you believe int he tooth fairly too!

  2. Oakley Dude

    I can’t stand the Patriots but they’ve been great partly because Brady wants to win and doesn’t mind taking less to make the team better. Pay the man he’s earned it.

    • Michael Chaney

      I kinda look at it like what Dirk Nowitzki does for the Mavericks…he’s taking much more of a discount than Brady is but they’re both still taking a lot less than they’re worth (even as surefire Hall of Famers) to give their teams more flexibility…I want to say that Tim Duncan did the same at the end of his career but I can’t remember

      • Itrainsontuesday

        Dirk is taking a discount less than his worth on the open market, but he also isn’t an MVP candidate anymore like Brady still is.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    How about some discussion on a scenario where Elway swoops in and snatches Tommy Boy. Broncos have solid defense but the window is closing fast on those guys. Need a proven veteran winner at QB in Denver and Elway had some similar success back when he lured Manning from the Colts. Seems like a stretch of course, but stranger things have happened in the league.

  4. julyn82001

    Brady is the man! He shows no sign of slowing down – age is so overrated anyway. They need to pay him the big tamale lol…

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