The New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady agree to a two-year extension which keeps Brady under contract through the 2021 season and will pay him $23 million this year.

The $8 million increase for 2019 will make Brady the sixth-highest-paid QB in the league, tying him with Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. The Patriots, in turn, get an additional $5.5 million of salary-cap space this year. The deal will be adjusted each year Brady continues playing

News of the extension comes a day after Brady celebrated his 42nd birthday. No quarterback has ever started all 16 regular-season games at age 42, but the extension means the Patriots expect Brady will be capable of doing so.

It’s a win-win deal for Tom Brady, Patriots


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