Tom Brady on K&C indicates he'd like to play beyond 2019 season

Ryan Hannable
August 14, 2018 - 8:09 am
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Exactly how many years Tom Brady has left in the NFL has been a big topic over the last year or so.

First it was he wanted to play until he was 45. Then, with Tom vs. Time and this past offseason it appeared he was year-to-year, but appearing on Kirk & Callahan Tuesday morning, the 41-year-old seemed to indicate he would like to play beyond his contract which expires at the end of next year and he has goals he would like to reach.

“I certainly expect to be here next year and hopefully beyond," Brady said. "Like I’ve said, I have goals to play for a long time. I still love doing it. I still want to do it, but I am also focused on what I need to do this year. It’s a tough challenge. It’s a great challenge. I have loved it for a long time and I still want to get out there and be the best I can be for our team.”

Brady added: "You have to have goals both long-term and short-term. I have long-term goals that I set for myself that I would love to be able to accomplish. I know it’s not easy. Any one game could be the end. At the end of the day that is what you realize as a player. I have played with a lot of guys. Sure, you have goals, but at the same time it is a physical sport and it’s a demolition derby. You never know when you are going to come out of it, but like I said, I take good care of myself. I am always trying to put myself in a position where I can execute my job, take the hits and perform well. I think I have a really great routine and I would like to continue to show I can do it.”

Brady was reportedly given $5 million in performance-based incentives for this season late last week. The quarterback noted he doesn't speak of his contract, as it's not a top priority for him, but he loves playing for the Patriots and being part of the New England community.

His contract runs through the end of next season where he will have a base salary of $14 million.

"I love this team and this organization," he said. "Like I said, it has been my home for a long time. I have never talked about my contract and that has never been the top priority for me as you guys know. I love being here and this community, this organization, I love winning. I love that my family has had a home for a long time. I think those have been my priorities for as long as I have been in this game.”

As for his relationship with Bill Belichick, Brady echoed much of what Belichick said on OMF Monday afternoon.

“I think our priorities are the same as they have always been," Brady said. "I think that is why we get along so well. We’re here to win and like I said, it has been a very professional environment that he has created. I think I am very lucky to be in that environment. I think he is the best coach that has ever coached in the NFL and I feel very privileged to kind of have been mentored by him for as long as I have. Not many players have been able to be coached by the greatest coach of all-time and I have. I think I am very lucky to be able have had that. Hopefully we can go out and have a great season. I know the kind of effort it takes by all of us.

"Everyone has to play their role. Players don’t coach and coaches don’t play. Everyone needs to everyone to do their job as best they possibly can. I have so much confidence in him and what his decisions are. They have had a great track record over a long period of time. We’re both expecting to have a great season like we always have."

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