Tom Brady Agrees To Four-Year Extension With New England Through 2014

Tom Brady's tumultuous Thursday ends with good news for all involved: the quarterback agreed to a four-year, $72 million extension with the Patriots, with a veteran record of $48.5 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid player in the NFL.

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More Details On Tom Brady's Contract, With Comments From Kraft And Belichick

Late Thursday night, SI's Peter King announced that Tom Brady had agreed on a four-year extension with the Patriots. Now, the Globe's Albert Breer provides more details on the deal that will keep Brady in a New England uniform through 2014:

* The extension is for four years and $72 million, going from 2011-14. If you want a five-year total, take it is as, from the most fair standpoint, $84 million. The deal Brady signed in 2005 was really a four-year, $48 million extension. It was massively front-loaded (44 percent of the deal was guaranteed) and that means that it only makes sense to take the AAV of $12 million off of that to count toward the new deal.

* The deal has a veteran record of $48.5 million guaranteed as part of it. Rams quarterback Sam Bradford did get $50 million guaranteed, but rookie deals work differently, so the guarantees in this one truly are landmarks. Philip Rivers got $38 million guaranteed. Eli Manning got around $35 million guaranteed.

Additionally on Thursday, owner Robert Kraft commented on the deal, indicating there were doubts that it would get done.

"You’re never sure because it’s hard," he said. "You’ve got two sides. You’ve got agents, but everyone’s trying to help, but it gets complicated, but now, please God, he’ll be the quarterback here for 15 years. which is unusual."

In his press conference Friday afternoon, Bill Belichick summed it up best when he said, "There is no quarterback I'd rather have than Tom Brady,"

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Tom Brady Reportedly Agrees To Four-Year Extension With Patriots

Tom Brady's Thursday began with a car accident. And now it ends with the announcement that a four-year, $76 million contract extension has been agreed upon, and will be finalized on Friday. 

During halftime of the Vikings-Saints game on NBC, Peter King first broke the news, reporting that Patriots owner Robert Kraft told him the two sides had come to an agreement, finalizing a four-year deal that will keep Brady in New England through 2014, at $19 million per season. 

It had been popular opinion that the two sides would reach a deal before the 2010 season started for the Patriots on Sunday.

For more reaction and all things Patriots, visit Pats Pulpit

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Tom Brady Side-Steps Contract Rumors Wednesday Morning

Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Show early Wednesday morning, and when the topic of his  rumored contract extension was brought up, he did a very good job of side-stepping the issue.

I'd say this: There's always communication. I've been with the team for going on my 11th year. I've been communicating with them a lot about a lot of things. It's pretty uncomfortable talking about a contract because I know how coach Belichick feels talking about it, and how Mr. (Robert) Kraft does and Jonathan does. I don't want to get into it. For me, it's the same as it's been. I'm trying to find a way to score some touchdowns against the Bengals. I didn't spend five minutes yesterday thinking about my contract or my future. I thought how we're gonna beat the Bengals.

Brady went on to say that "everybody on [the] team" would feel "more comfortable" if he had a deal done before Sunday's season opener.

While he wouldn't comment on his current contract talks, Brady was at least forthcoming about his future plans: he wants to stay a Patriot for the rest of his career. "I love being here. And the thought of playing somewhere else isn't a very good thought for me, and isn't a very good feeling. I would never want that to happen."

(Thanks to the Globe's Albert Breer for transcribing.)

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Talks Of Tom Brady's Extension Are 'Innaccurate And Wrong' Says ESPN Report

Not so fast on that Tom Brady extension.

ESPN's Adam Schefter quotes two "knowledgeable people" in a tweet when he says that reports of an imminent deal are "'inaccurate' and 'wrong.'"

Earlier on Tuesday, the Boston Herald reported that Brady was close to signing to a three-year extension with the Patriots for $58 million.

In his noon press conference, Bill Belichick was his typical self, saying, "I don't have anything to report on any contracts." 

Popular opinion has long thought that if Brady were to ink an extension, it would happen before the Patriots' season opener, Sept. 12.

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Tom Brady Contract Extension With Patriots Is 'Imminent'

According to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, a contract extension between Tom Brady and the New England Patriots is "imminent." 

The contract is slated to be a three-year extension at $58 million dollars, and could be agreed to in the next 24 hours, says Rapoport.

While this deal would make Brady the league's highest-paid quarterback, it likely won't last long, as Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is due for a contract extension this season, and team owner Jim Irsay has made it quite clear that he expects Manning to break the $20-million-per-year mark.

Manning's brother, Eli, is currently the NFL's highest paid quarterback. 

Earlier on Tuesday, WEEI's Dennis & Callahan show reported Brady and the Patriots has made "tremendous progress" toward a new deal, and that it is "almost done."

For more on this, and all things Patriots, visit Pats Pulpit.

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