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Report: Brady, Patriots agree on four-year deal

09.09.10 at 10:12 pm ET
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Tom Brady. (AP)

It was quite a day for Tom Brady.

The Patriots quarterback started things off with a nasty car accident while he was on his way to work outside his Back Bay home. He’s reportedly ended his Thursday by agreeing to a new four-year extension that will make him one of the richest players in NFL history, according to a report from Peter King of SI.com, who announced the news at halftime of Thursday’s Vikings-Saints game saying he spoke to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who told him the deal was finalized.

The former NFL MVP is scheduled to earn $6.5 million this season in the final year of a six-year contract he signed in 2005 where he earned approximately $10 million annually. It was a deal that was considered close to being an upper echelon contract when he signed in 2005, but now, leaves him woefully underpaid when compared to other quarterbacks around the league — especially the younger crop of signal-callers, including rookie Sam Bradford and second-year quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Now, King reports Brady’s new deal is one of the richest annual contracts in the history of the league. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the four-year contract is worth $72 million, $48.5 million of which is guaranteed.

Both the Patriots and Brady have been mostly mum about any sort of negotiations regarding a new deal, and the quarterback said earlier this summer he’s “not into playing games” when it comes to hammering out a new contract.

In his weekly press conference on Wednesday, he talked a little more about his situation.

“I hate when athletes say it’s not about the money,” Brady said Wednesday. “It’s our job. I think really you love playing the game, that’s why you do it. I think we’re fortunate to get paid for something we love. If we weren’t getting paid, we’d all probably have to find something else to do.

“There’s no better job in the world that I’d rather have than do what I’m doing. Everything else, for me in my life, really pales in comparison to how much I enjoy this. In that sense, it’s about winning games.”

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