Tom Brady joked about playing until he is nearly 50 but he'll get to 42 at least

The Patriots Quarterback has signed on for the team through 2019.

Tom Brady will still be playing in the NFL when he hits 40 after signing a new deal.
Tom Brady will still be playing in the NFL when he hits 40 after signing a new deal.
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IN OCTOBER 2015, Tom Brady said that he planned to play in the NFL for 10 more years. He’ll get part of the way there at least.

On Monday, it emerged the 38-year-old had reached agreement with the New England Patriots on a two-year extension to his contract that will keep him with the team until the end of the 2019 season.

The extension means Brady will remain as quarterback with the Pats until he turns 42 and, should he play out the contract, the former sixth round pick will complete 20 seasons in the league.

There are no details of the financials of the deal just yet, but Brady’s contracts have typically seen him under-paid to help free up cap space for the team.

Indeed, Brady’s scheduled salary cap hit of $15 million next season ranks him as just the 19th best paid quarterback in the league, exactly half of the $30m Drew Brees will cost the New Orleans Saints.

How long the four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback can remain effective into his fifth decade, however, remains to be seen.

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