After rampant speculation from every corner of the media world surrounding Tom Brady’s future, a statement from his agent seems to have reminded us all what we already knew. Brady plans on playing next year and for many years to come.
“Tom’s intentions have not changed,” Don Yee said Monday to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “He’s consistently said he’ll play beyond this contract and into his mid-40s, or until he feels he isn’t playing at a championship level. I understand the constant speculation, but this is one point he’s been firm about.”
For as long as we can remember, Brady has said he has wanted to play into his mid-40s. That is what made last weeks reports that Brady still hadn’t decided whether he was playing next season truly shocking. And quite frankly, hard to believe. That didn’t stop people from rejoicing or panicking depending on what side of the fence you happen to land. Now, this SHOULD put an end to this particular storyline surrounding the Patriots. However, as we all know, this is a team that doesn’t have a shortage of juicy storylines surrounding them. Whether real or not.
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What is real, and has been real, is that the reigning league MVP will suit up for his 18th season with the Patriots. Having lost the final game of the season in heartbreaking fashion, the team, including Brady has plenty to prove. Walking away never made any sense. Particularly for someone like Brady who has never shown any sign of slowing down even as he approaches his 41st birthday.
Brady enters the 2018 season with 66,159 yard, 488 touchdowns, and only 160 interceptions. His 488 career touchdowns are tied for fourth-most all-time with Drew Brees. They both sit just 51 touchdowns behind Peyton Manning’s record of 539 touchdowns. In last year’s MVP campaign, Brady led the league in passing with 4,577 yards. He threw 32 touchdowns to only eight interceptions with a quarterback rating of 102.8.