Tom Brady and Patriots reach two-year contract extension
For all those Patriots fans and media members who thought that it was set in stone that Jimmy Garoppolo was the heir apparent for Tom Brady, Monday morning’s news may have thrown a curveball into your idea. It was reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN at 10:02 a.m. via Twitter, “Tom Brady and Patriots reached agreement on 2-year contract extension, tying him to NE through 2019.” It is safe to say that this is a, “bombshell” report.
Two years ago, in the 2014 draft the Patriots selected Jimmy Garoppolo out of Eastern Illinois with the 62nd pick in the draft. That was the highest Bill Belichick had ever drafted a quarterback. Bill Belichick slightly alluded to the fact that he could be the predecessor to Brady in his post-draft press conference.
“We know what Tom’s age and contract situation is.” Media pundits took that tidbit and ran with it. Tom Brady had four years left on his deal and Garoppolo was signed to a four-year rookie deal. In addition, Brady’s numbers the previous couple of years had shown a slight decline in numbers.
It was all lined up for Jimmy Garoppolo to take over as the starter after his first four seasons. The Patriots would allow Brady to go elsewhere, while they start anew. These talks escalated in Garoppolo’s first training camp when he had a couple of decent showings in preseason games. His mobility made some go crazy because they had not seen that out of a Patriots quarterback since Michael Bishop.
All this talk of Garoppolo being the future may have very well lit a fire under Tom Brady, because at ages 37 and 38, his statistics have only increased. In 2014 he threw for 4109 yards and 33 touchdowns and a Super Bowl MVP, and in 2015 he went for 4770 yards and 36 touchdowns. Brady certainly takes some flak for his suspicious body trainer Alex Guerrero and his odd diet that consists of Himalayan pink salt and avocado ice cream, but for right now it certainly appears that it is working.
As things are currently constituted, there is zero evidence that you could use to make the argument that Tom Brady will be washed up within two years. His contract now runs out when he is 42 years old. This isn’t just a case of Tom Brady being desperate to stay in New England, because according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald the Patriots, “initiated the discussions.” One thing to keep and eye out for now is whether or not the Patriots will trade Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason, because there are certainly a handful of teams desperate for a quarterback that would be willing to make a deal, possibly for a high draft pick.