Patriots QB Tom Brady was asked if he’s thought about his legacy at all and where his fourth Super Bowl title fits in his career after Sunday’s game.
Brady didn’t offer much in terms of his legacy, but he also ruled out the possibility of retiring at any point in the near future.
“No. I’ve got a lot of football left,” Brady said, via Patriots.com. “It’s hard to play this game and it take a big commitment, a lot of sacrifice. For all the players that have played in the past and I’ve looked up to and admired and a lot of the players now who I look up to and admire — it’s a big challenge and it’s incredible to experience this feeling once and I’ve been fortunate to play on four really great teams, so I’m really blessed.”
If you’ve heard Brady talk about retirement at all in the past few years, it’s clear that he plans to play as long as he physically can.
Brady, 37, still has another three years remaining on his five-year, $60 million contract. He stands to make base salaries of $7 million (2015), $8 million (2016), and $9 million (2017) over the remainder of the agreement.
Earlier in the season, Brady reworked his contract to give the Patriots more available cash to work with, which changed the language of his deal from “skill” guarantee to an “injury” guarantee. This means that Brady will only receive that portion of guaranteed money in the event of an injury.
Brady could conceivably be released without the team owing him any further money, but there’s no way they’re going to release him in the next few years. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if they reworked his contract again at some point.
In 2014, Brady threw for 4,109 yards while completing 64.1 percent of his passes to go along with 33 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Pro Football Focus has Brady rated as the No. 4 quarterback in league last year.