When the New England Patriots drafted quarterback Tom Brady with the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, they never envisioned a future where Brady would still be playing a routinely competing for championships. The Patriots are continuing their trust in the ageless wonder by reaching a contract extension for the next two seasons and worth $23 million per year.
The reason the Patriots have sustained complete dominance across the league is mainly due to Brady’s willingness to take pay cuts and allow the team to spend extra money at other positions. The new extension will make Brady the sixth highest-paid quarterback in 2019 and give him a $8 million pay increase.
Brady was originally set to only make $15 million this season. Even with the extension, the Patriots will receive an additional $5.5 million of salary-cap space in 2019. A typical Brady move to grant the Patriots the luxury of placing capable players on both sides of the ball.
The contract extension occurs a day after the quarterback turned 42-years old. The trust from the organization for Brady is something that is rarely seen, but Brady is paving a path for future quarterbacks. Organizations are showing a willingness to stick by their aging quarterbacks. The New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Chargers are showing extreme trust in their older quarterbacks.
The AFC Championship Game was a battle between young and old in the form of Patrick Mahomes versus Brady. Brady proved victorious and the era of the old quarterback reigns supreme, as Brady won his sixth Super Bowl and third this decade.