Tom Brady may have just inked a new contract with the Patriots, but the veteran quarterback knows he’s in a “unique situation.”
Brady will receive an $8 million salary increase this season, a raise from $15 million to $23 million.
However, anything beyond that is still up in the air considering he’s entering his third decade in the NFL at the age of 42.
“It’s a unique situation I’m in … my 20th year with the same team, 42 years old, so, pretty much uncharted territory I think for everybody,” Brady told media Monday, via the team’s website. “I’m going to go out there and do the best I can this year and see what happens. …
“The focus is this year and what we’ve got to do. That’s where I’m focused. That’s all that really matters in the end. That’s what this team expects of me, to put everything into it, like I always have and I’m really excited for the year.”
Brady seems unconcerned about any future decisions that will need to be made.
“I’m really not worried about it. I’m secure for this year, I think,” he said. “At least I get a few first team reps out there. I just go out there and try to do the best I can. … There’s a lot of guys who have one year left on their contract. I’ve got one year to go and we’ll see what happens.”
The new deal is a two-year extension through the 2021 season but, according to an ESPN report, the 2020 and 2021 seasons are void years.
To further this: the two years of Brady’s extension are void years, per source. This deal is about 2019: Brady gets a raise, while the void years allow the team to create cap space this season. https://t.co/DfthC32j6w
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“It’s really the reality for most guys in the NFL,” Brady said. “I don’t want anyone to think I’m any different from everyone else. Football is a tough business. It’s a production business. I’m ready to go this year, and that’s really what matters and that’s where my focus is.”