Pats owner Kraft says there's no issue with Brady's contract
Tom Brady may be one of the most decorated quarterbacks of all time, but do not expect him to be fussy about receiving a huge contract extension, according to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Brady has received five contract extensions during his 17-year tenure with NFL powerhouse the Patriots — four of which came when he had two years left on the current deal.
The 40-year-old is coming off a two-year contract worth $41million. He is expected to make a $14m base salary in 2018 and, if he chooses not to opt out in 2019, make $14m that season.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft said there is no problem with Brady's current deal and that the team are not focused on giving the five-time Super Bowl champion and four-time MVP a lucrative contract.
"He'll be 41 when the season starts," Kraft told the Athletic. "Neither side has an issue with it. If it becomes an issue, we'll deal with it."
Brady previously said he wanted to play until his mid-40s, but him remaining quiet on any extensions is enough to make anyone wonder if he is getting closer to retirement.
"I hope he plays," Kraft said. "He's at a different point in his life. He talked about it. It's interesting to see that "Tom vs. Time" and see where he's at, his kids growing up. But that is something for he and his family to decide what is right for him.
"Me personally, I'd like to see him play as long as he can. I don't think anyone would have believed 10 years ago that he would have played this year, gone to the Super Bowl and been MVP of the league at 40 years old. It's just unbelievable.
"It speaks to the way he takes care of himself, the way he trains, how much film he watches, one of the hardest working guys. He is driven to excel. I think as long as he feels he is like that, he'll keep playing. We're so lucky to have him in our system."