Arguably the greatest quarterback of all times, Tom Brady stated earlier today that his focus is on the upcoming campaign. Despite all the talks about his future, and all the potential plans that are around him, the six-time Super Bowl champ only thinks about the 2019 season.
Brady recently signed a new contract with the New England Patriots, which could keep him until the end of 2021. But there is a catch in that deal. Last two seasons, 2020 and 2021 are in fact void years. It means that if Brady and the team decide to split, the extension signed yesterday isn’t going to be valid.
To cut to the chase, the famous QB and the Pats are for sure together only during the next season. Because of it, the speculations about Brady’s future immediately appeared. Some of the media are saying that Bill Belichick has other plans; the rest are suggesting that he will stay for certain. The player himself doesn’t want to think about anything else than the present.
“The focus is this year and what we have to do. That’s where I’m focused,” Brady said after Monday’s training session with the Detroit Lions. “That’s all that really matters in the end, and that’s what this team expects of me — to put everything into it like I always have. I’m really excited for the year.”
The no.12 understands that his future is uncertain and that after 2019, he might be moving away from the Foxborough after 21 years. However, that won’t be an issue for him. Brady is aware that all this is business and that his case is not alone in the league.
“Like I said, there are a lot of guys who have one year left on their contract. So the situation — I have one year to go, we’ll see what happens.”
Tom Brady started all 16 games last season for the Pats and recorded passing 4.355 yards, along with 29 TD passes and 11 interceptions, with a passing rating of 97.7. He also added 2 rushing TDs.
It was evident that his game dropped a little bit when compared to the 2017 season when he won the MVP award. But the Pats were looking better than ever, and all those numbers were neglected after another title. Truth to be told, it was Brady who once again led the team in the decisive moments of the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl.
While the interview laster, all the reporters noticed Brady’s desire to say with the Pats until the end of the contract. At one point, the player spoke with kind words about the Patriots organization and all the people involved in it.
“I’ve just had a great history here. I love playing quarterback here. I love this team, this organization, Mr. Kraft, Jonathan, Coach Belichick, all the coaches, all the players.”
From Inside Training Camp: For the first time in his career, even if it’s for one second to begin the 2020 league year, #Patriots QB Tom Brady can be a free agent. Teams can make their calls to him. pic.twitter.com/dc4R2PmOON
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 5, 2019
Brady has become the icon and the synonym for New England’s success. Since he came into the league, as the last overall pick in the 1999 draft, the Patriots established themselves as the most dominant dynasty in the history of the NFL. Six Super Bowls, nine AFC championships, all that with his as a leader.
During that time, Brady was named league’s MVP on three occasions, was the Super Bowl MVP four times, and earned 14 Pro Bowl selections. Apart from that, he was a five-time All-Pro.
His new deal increased him the salary from $15 to $23 million. Is that only for this, or for the next three years, we shall see at the end of the campaign.
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