With New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady heading into his late-30’s owner Robert Kraft was asked if he’s concerned about his age going forward.
“I think he had a remarkable year this year and I think we look at each year as it happens,” Kraft said. “I’d love him to be here as long as he’s productive and feels he wants to play.”
Brady, who turns 36 in August, is signed through 2014. He’ll make $15 million in salary and bonuses the next two years and his cap hit is $21,800,000 each year.
So unless there’s another deal struck, Brady will be a 38-year-old free agent after the 2014 season.
Could Kraft ever conceive of seeing Brady play elsewhere?
“That’s his choice but I would surely never like to see that happen. I think what he’s done for this franchise . . . ” Kraft said, his voice trailing off.
Kraft began again, “But once again, everything is a dual decision. But I think, somehow I feel he’ll know when it’s not right for him and I believe he loves being a Patriot and we sure love having him be part of our organization.”
With Brady turning 36 soon, the Patriots need to start thinking about who will take over once he’s done. If they don’t believe Ryan Mallett can be Brady’s heir apparent then they’re going to need to draft a quarterback within the next two years that they can develop.