Tom Brady has signed a contract extension that will keep him in New England through 2021. Brady has always said he wants to play until he’s 45. Given that he just turned 42, that feels like a strong possibility if he can stay healthy.
Brady was set to enter the final year of his contract, but has continued the trend of him signing an extension before that season takes off. Coming off his sixth Super Bowl victory, Brady will enter the 2019-2020 season with a couple of new weapons.
The supporting cast
Veteran tight end Ben Watson returns to New England. Along with him come some wide outs who could either make a difference or get cut during camp. Long time Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas, former Washington WR Maurice Harris, and former Saint and Bear Cameron Meredith. They also will have the addition of first round draft pick N’Keal Harry, who is a large presence and could fill the role Randy Moss played a decade ago. And we, of course, can’t forget about Julian Edelman. If these guys can all click during training camp, this receiving core could be other worldly.
It remains to be seen whether Brady will be able to achieve his goal of playing until 45. However the odds don’t look too bad for him at this point. The 20-year veteran threw for 29 TDs, 11 INTs, and 4,355 yards while completing 65% of his passes in 2019. Those numbers are bang on with his career averages, though it was the first time he threw double digit picks since 2013.
With the new additions in the receiving core, the continued growth of second year running back Sony Michel, the steadiness of Edelman, and a solid offensive line, Tom looks set to do exactly what he wants to. Sure, most of us thought he’d slow down by now. But somehow he continues to elevate his game well beyond anyone’s expectations. And with a rookie quarterback set to learn from arguably the best of all time? New England seems to be doing just fine.
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