Tom Brady admits his contract is 'unique situation'

Ryan Hannable
August 05, 2019 - 12:44 pm

Tom Brady has said time and time again he doesn't talk about his contract, and repeated it back in June when asked about a lack of an extension this offseason.

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That changed last week before his new deal was done and again Monday when discussing his extension that got done over the weekend.

Brady signed a two-year extension that runs through 2021, but the last two years are "void" years, which basically indicates he's year-to-year at this point and those were put in to spread out his salary cap hits.

“I mean, it really is the reality for most guys in the NFL," Brady told reporters in Detroit. "I don’t want to think that I am any different than everyone else. Football is a tough business. It is a production business and I am ready to go this year. That is really what matters and that is where my focus is.

"It’s a unique situation I am in — my 20th year with the same team. I’m 42 years old, so pretty much unchartered territory I think for everybody. I am going to go out there and do the best I can this year and see what happens.”

Brady did get a bump in pay for 2019, as he will now make $23 million, which is an $8 million increase from his past deal.

“Like I said the last time, we just have a great history," he said. "I love playing quarterback here. I love this team, this organization — Mr. (Robert) Kraft, Jonathan (Kraft), Coach (Bill) Belichick, all the coaches, all the players. The focus is this year and what we have to do. That is where I am focused. That is all that really matters in the end. That is what this team expects, me to put everything into it like I always have and I am really excited for the year.”

With this being a topic for seemingly the entire offseason, is he relieved to get it over with?

“It is what it is. That is a good line. Whoever said it, it is very pertinent," Brady said. "Like I said, there are a lot of guys in the last year of their contract. That is the situation. I have one year to go and we’ll see what happens.”

Brady and the Patriots will hold two more joint sessions with the Lions before Thursday's first preseason game.

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