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Brady, Patriots Exploring Extension
Thursday, Feb. 16
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported that Brady and the Patriots have "expressed mutual interest in a new contract." However, Howe added that talks are at an early stage and that nothing is imminent.
Report: Patriots Expect Brady to Play 3-5 More Years
Sunday, Feb. 5
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Pats believe Brady will play three to five more seasons, which means they will consider trading backup Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason.
Brady Has Remained Among NFL's Top QBs
Brady won his fifth Super Bowl title when the Pats met the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, and he has yet to show any signs of dropping from the NFL's elite.
After missing the first four games of the 2016 regular season because of a suspension stemming from the Deflategate scandal, Brady went 11-1 with 3,554 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and two interceptions.
Though Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan won the league's MVP award, Brady finished as runner-up. The 12-time Pro Bowler hasn't missed a game through injury since 2008, and he appears perfectly capable of keeping New England atop the AFC for years to come.
Garoppolo performed well in Brady's absence, finishing 2016 with a 2-0 record, 502 passing yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. The 25-year-old should be an intriguing target for quarterback-needy teams, and Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com recently listed the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers as suitors.
New England faced a similar situation before with Matt Cassel, and it didn't miss a beat after dealing him to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009.
There is no clear path to playing time with the Patriots for Garoppolo, and the organization may not have reason to believe Brady is nearing the end of the line until his performance starts to dip.