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Patriots, quarterback Tom Brady agree to two-year extension

Mark J. Rebilas | USA Today Sports
Mark J. Rebilas | USA Today Sports
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts as he leaves the field following the game against the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship football game on Jan. 24 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.

The New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady reportedly agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2019 season when he will be 42.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini, Brady’s salary-cap charge for 2016 was scheduled to be a team-high $15 million and the extension would lower that number.

Brady, who turns 39 in August, has two years left on his existing contract, paying him $9 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017.

The deal with Brady was not officially signed as of Monday morning.

The four-time Super Bowl champion has always maintained he could play well into his 40s.

“I’d like to play a long time, yeah, a long time,” Brady said in October. “There’s a lot that goes into playing well. I’ve played with a lot of great teammates. But I want to play for a long time, maybe 10 more years. I think that’s probably what my goal is.

“Well, it’s not always up to me That’s what my goals are, so that’s just what I’m hoping. And it will take a lot to achieve that. Obviously a team has to want you, but I think that’s … you know, I love playing this sport. I love making a commitment to my teammates and my coaches, and hopefully I can do it for a long time.”

Edelman not sure if he’ll need more foot surgery

BOSTON — The last image of Julian Edelman from the 2015 season was a cause for concern.

The receiver was limping badly around the locker room at Mile High Stadium following the Patriots AFC championship loss to Denver. He struggled to put a shoe on his previously broken left foot before leaving.

Edelman was in a much better mood on Thursday as he served pancakes alongside teammates Dion Lewis and Trey Flowers at Boston Children’s Hospital. The receiver was able to walk without a limp, but that doesn’t mean he’s in the clear with his foot just yet.

At this point in the offseason, there are more questions than answers with Edelman’s health.

“I’ve been kind of just chilling and working out a little bit here and there,” Edelman said when asked about his offseason. “Start kicking it up here soon and just trying to get healthy and go that route. Kind of really try to get away from the game and refresh and get ready because the season is about to start.”

Edelman broke his left foot in the Patriots’ Week 10 win over the New York Giants and missed the final seven regular-season games. He looked great in his return in the AFC divisional round, catching 10 passes for 100 yards against Kansas City.

But the aftermath of the loss to Denver raised the possibility that Edelman may have reinjured that foot. He caught seven passes for 53 yards against the Broncos and afterward looked like he was in a lot of pain.

When asked Thursday about his foot, he said, “It’s feeling better every day. That’s a good thing.”

When asked if he’ll avoid a second surgery, Edelman did not provide an answer.

“I don’t even know yet. We’re just taking it day to day,” Edelman said. “I’m sure we’ll go over that in the near future.”

NFL teams with returning head coaches will start their offseason workout program on April 18. Edelman he does not know if he will be ready for organized team activities in the spring.

“I honestly can’t even answer that question just because I don’t know,” Edelman said. “You’re just worrying about right now just kind of getting away from the game and not even worrying about that stuff right now.”


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