Tom Brady just agreed to a new two-year contract that will give him a reported $8 million raise in 2019.
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But the New England Patriots quarterback wasn't exactly brimming with enthusiasm Monday.
Speaking to reporters Monday after joint practices with the Detroit Lions, Brady was asked how he felt about a two-year deal that still leaves some uncertainty entering next offseason.
"I mean, it's really the reality for most guys in the NFL," Brady told our own Phil Perry. "I don't want to think that I'm different than anyone else. Football's a tough business. It's a production business, and I'm ready to go this year and that's really what matters."
"It's a unique situation I'm in. I'm (in my) 20th year with the same team and I'll be 42 years old, so pretty much uncharted territory I think for everybody, and I'm going to go out there and do the best I can this year and see what happens."
Brady's contract is unique in that he'll be paid more in 2019 than any other season in his career but likely will be back at the negotiating table next offseason ahead of his age-43 season.
But surely there's some relief in having a two-year deal rather than entering the season in a "walk year?" When asked that question Monday, Brady paused and appeared to catch himself before responding carefully:
"It is what it is. That's a good line, so whoever said it, it's very pertinent. Like I said, there's a lot of guys who have one year left on their contracts, so the situation -- I've got one year to go, and we'll see what happens."
Brady did include the usual platitudes, describing the "great history" he and the Patriots have had over the last two decades. But it doesn't sound like this new deal brought him total peace of mind.
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