New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft discussed QB Tom Brady‘s future with the team Friday while in New Orleans.
“I think he had a remarkable year this year and I think we look at each year as it happens,” Kraft said, via CSN New England. “I’d love him to be here as long as he’s productive and feels he wants to play.”
Brady, 35, is signed through 2014 and will have base salaries of $9.75 million for the next two seasons along with $5 million roster bonuses. Brady would be a 38-year-old free agent after the 2014 season, so there’s some question as to whether or not he’ll be the Patriots best option at that point in his career.
“That’s his choice but I would surely never like to see that happen,” said Kraft regarding whether or not he could see Brady play elsewhere.
“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.”
Brady’s 2012 season was still very solid by any measure and the fact that he’s lead the team to two straight AFC Championship games, including a Super Bowl appearance last season, suggests that even with a slight dip in his overall ability, Brady is still on the game’s best quarterbacks. It’s almost impossible to imagine Brady playing for anyone other than the Patriots, but Kraft mentions that his productivity will be a big factor in their decision once he’s set to become a free agent.