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New England Patriots Reach 2-Year Extension with QB Tom Brady

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Tom Brady will be under team control through 2019.

The Patriots needed to address the long term future of the Quarterback position and today's move goes a long way towards addressing that. Brady was under control through 2017 on his former deal. Tom Brady last offseason said he planned on playing 7-8 more years and this deal hypothetically would make it up to 5. More details to come later.

Brady is now one of three players signed through the 2019 season, joining tight end Rob Gronkowski and free safety Devin McCourty.

It's very possible that the new contract will free up some additional cap space this offseason so that the Patriots can better handle the players that will be pending free agents after the 2016 season. Teams typically treat quarterbacks as the offseason priority for contracts, so deals could be in the works for cornerstone players like linebackers Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins, cornerbacks Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan, and edge defenders Chandler Jones and Jabaal Sheard.