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Patriots reportedly expecting Tom Brady to play into his 40s, contract extension to come

02.05.17 at 12:04 pm ET
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It looks like Tom Brady will be the Patriots quarterback for multiple more years. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

It looks like Tom Brady will be the Patriots quarterback for multiple more years. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

HOUSTON — Tom Brady has always said he wants to play into his 40s, and now it looks like the Patriots want him to too.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots believe Brady will play three to five more years and the team will look to extend his contract in the next offseason.

Brady is 39 years old now and is signed through the end of 2019.

If the Patriots believe he can play five more seasons, then they likely would add two years to his current contract, signing him through the 2021 season.

This also factors in to Jimmy Garoppolo’s situation this offseason. It increases the likelihood that he will be traded. If there were any questions about Brady’s long-time future then the organization might be more likely to hold on to Garoppolo, but this is a sign Brady will be part of the long-term plan and thus Garoppolo can be dealt.

Many teams including the 49ers, Browns, Bears and even Jets have shown interest.

Brady’s current contract has him with a base salary of $14 million in 2018 and 2019 and could be altered like it was the previous time he re-did his deal.

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