Tom Brady's agent expects Patriots QB to play in 2018
New England Patriots fans can expect to get Tom Brady back in 2018 and beyond, according to the veteran quarterback's agent.
Brady has two seasons remaining on his contract and is slated to earn $14million, plus a $1m roster bonus, in each of the next two NFL campaigns.
While Brady has yet to commit to playing this upcoming season, his agent Don Yee insisted the 40-year-old will return to the field.
"Tom's intentions have not changed," Yee said on Monday, via ESPN. "He's consistently said he'll play beyond this contract and into his mid-40s, or until he feels he isn't playing at a championship level. I understand the constant speculation, but this is one point he's been firm about."
Despite his absence during the start of voluntary offseason workouts and rumours the five-time Super Bowl champion could be nearing retirement, Brady has been staying fit and focused.
"He customises his preparation to each season in order to maximise his performance," Yee added. "His training methods are always evolving and getting better. The year he missed the first four games -- that month of training on his own was particularly efficient.
"His objective every year is to outperform his contract and his own goals. And like every player, yes, he thinks about his contract -- it's a pretty natural thing to do. Every team's management knows this."
Patriots owner Robert Kraft said there is no issue with Brady's current contract and that the team are not focused on getting him a lucrative new deal.