New England Patriots: Tom Brady Plans to Play For 6-7 More Years
By Nick Ziegler
One of the big questions for the New England Patriots is how long Tom Brady can play for. Recently, Robert Kraft announced what Brady’s plan is.
The New England Patriots were able to win Super Bowl 51 with one of the best comebacks ever. One of the players that were key in the comeback was quarterback Tom Brady.
To start the 2016 season, Brady was suspended for four games because of the Deflate-Gate scandal. When Brady finally stepped on the field in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns, he was clearly a focused player.
Brady went on to have one of best seasons of his career at 39-years-old. Last season, Brady totaled 28 passing touchdowns and just two interceptions. The touchdown to interception ratio was the best in NFL history. Truly an accomplishment for a quarterback of any age.
After the great season, it has been asked how long Brady can go for. Recently, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said that Brady wants to play at a high level for six or seven more years.
"“As recently as 2-3 days ago, he assured me he’d be willing to play six to seven more years and at the level he performed,” Kraft said Monday at the NFL’s annual meeting to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “There’s no one that would be happier than I, and our fan base.”"
With Brady turning 40 just before the start of the 2017 season, that could mean that Brady is planning on playing until at least 45-years-old. Even though father time always catches up to athletes, Brady has shown no signs of slowing down.
Seeing Brady inform the owner that he plans to play for quite some time could affect how the team handles Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason. With Brady’s intentions being to play for that much longer, holding on to Garoppolo might not make sense for the Patriots.
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It’s hard to imagine an NFL player making it to 45-years-old. However, Brady is a determined player that has shown no signs of slowing down.