Will remain among elite
Los Angeles Times
Tom Brady's decision to do a bargain-basement extension with the Patriots is remarkable in a business where getting as much as you can is everyone's endgame.
But his three-year, $27 million deal figures to pay off for New England in a big way, giving the Patriots a truckload of salary-cap relief that will allow them to remain among the NFL's elite. As long as Brady stays healthy, it's entirely conceivable that he could lead the club to two more Super Bowls.
The rest of the AFC East is in flux, and although there are other threats in the conference the Patriots have the roster and coaching continuity to be knocking on the door every season. In the NFL, it's about the quarterback.
At least one more
In 12 seasons as a starting quarterback, Tom Brady has appeared in five Super Bowls. So it's reasonable to expect Brady to lead the Patriots to at least one more over the next five seasons.
Brady's deal sets up New England's front office to surround him with enough talent to put his team in Super Bowl contention virtually every season. The Patriots were facing some cap issues, and it was difficult to envision them importing a difference-maker.
Thanks to Brady, though, Bill Belichick's team will be in a position to add veteran help on both sides of the ball. So if Brady continues to play at a high level, there's no reason to think the Patriots can't be in the Super Bowl hunt in each of the next five seasons.
Staying in the hunt
Something tells me we have not seen the last of Tom Brady holding a Lombardi Trophy.
It's been nine years since Brady's Patriots have won it all. But they made it to the Super Bowl twice in the last six years and lost. They also lost twice in the AFC championship game since winning their last Super Bowl and never won fewer than 10 games during that span.
The point is the Patriots always are in the hunt. And they will remain in the hunt as long as Brady keeps playing the way he has played and Bill Belichick keeps coaching the way he has coached. At 35, Brady remains at the top of his game. He will start to deteriorate over the next few years. But even an aging Brady can take his team far.
Pats can make push
Tom Brady just made the type of sacrifice every professional sports team wishes their best player would make to keep the team a contender.
His effort is admirable considering it should allow the Patriots the cap space to do what's necessary to make one last push at being a Super Bowl contender the next two to three years.
The Patriots need to do more than re-sign Wes Welker and tackle Sebastian Vollmer to retain their status as the AFC's most feared team. Luring Ed Reed from Baltimore and getting involved in the bidding for Mike Wallace could provide New England the difference-makers the organization needs to be the last team standing.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun