Fear not, Patriots fans—Tom Brady isn’t stepping away from football any time soon.
According to Adam Schefter, the two-time NFL MVP and four-time Super Bowl champion has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Patriots through 2019.
In most cases, locking up a 38-year-old quarterback for four more seasons would be a laughable move. But Tom Brady isn’t your average quarterback. He was a frontrunner to win the MVP for much of last season before Cam Newton overtook him in the final weeks. He’s been able to avoid the injuries that typically plague older players, and he has not missed a game since 2008. His preparation is meticulous, and he might have the single strictest diet in the NFL.
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All of these factors made the contract extension a no-brainer from the Patriots’ perspective. If Brady is still the team’s starting quarterback in 2019, he’ll be 42 years old.