Tom Brady Extends Contract Through 2019

Bill Belichick and the Patriots were headed into free agency with minimal cap space, no first round pick, and a plethora of holes to fill. Many questioned how they'd figure it out, and that question was answered when Tom Brady agreed to a contract extension that not only keeps him in New England through the 2019 season, it also gives the Patriots serious cap relief to sign players like Chandler Jones, Malcolm Butler, Dont'a Hightower, and last but not least, Jamie Collins.

When the Patriots extended Tom Brady's contract back in 2014, many questioned if Brady was truly taking a pay cut and if he had some type of back-room deal with owner Robert Kraft. The thing that people don't understand is that Brady made most of his money in bonuses, which only effect the cap if the player is traded or released. Brady's salary was low enough for New England to retain and sign players that would ultimately help them win their fourth Super Bowl. Brady also proved to the Patriots that he could still perform at a high level, even in his late-30's. Well, Brady went the same route again, giving New England considerably more cap space in an offseason where free agency is going to be an avenue they must explore. Another Brady paycut could lead to a fifth title if the Patriots pick up the right players. 

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the details of the two-year contract extension that Brady inked. Check out the video above. 

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