Brady vows to play ’til ‘mid-40s’

February 16, 2017

Tom Brady isn’t thinking twice about playing football into his 40s.

In Part 2 of Brady’s interview with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the Patriots quarterback, fresh off winning his fifth Super Bowl in his last game as a 39-year-old, reiterated his desire to continue playing for a number of years.

“I’d like to play until my mid-40s,” Brady told SI. “Then I’ll make a decision. If I’m still feeling like I’m feeling today, who knows? Now, those things can always change. You do need long-term goals, too. I know next year is not going to be my last year.”

While Brady doesn’t plan on retiring any time soon, he did admit he has no idea if he’ll be a Patriot for the rest of his career. Brady has seen his childhood idols play for multiple teams and knows it’s possible he could go down the same road.

King asked Brady if he thinks it’s likely he’ll be with the Patriots for the rest of his career.

“That’s an impossible question because I don’t make those choices,” Brady said.

But if it were up to him, there’s no question there’s nowhere else he’d rather be.

“I don’t ever want to play for another coach. I don’t want to play for another owner. But this is professional sports,” Brady said. “I’ve seen some of the best players I’ve ever played with on other teams. I’ve seen Jerry Rice play for the Raiders, Joe Montana play for the Chiefs, Brett Favre play for a lot of teams. You never know.

“That’s why I want to keep taking care of what I need to take care of. That’s what it comes down to. I want to take care of Tom Brady. I want to make sure Tom is available to the team, Tom is playing at a high level, so the team wants to keep him.”

Julian likes Jimmy G

If you take Julian Edelman’s word for it, the Patriots have something special sitting on their bench.

Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who just finished his third season, has only played a game and a half of meaningful football, but that didn’t stop Edelman from comparing him to two of the game’s greatest signal-callers in an appearance on NFL Network’s “Total Access” on Tuesday night.

“I’m not a paid GM, so I don’t know the whole value thing, but as far as a guy that I could play with every single day, Jimmy Garoppolo, I mean, the guy’s a stud,” the Patriots wide receiver said. “He went out and played in the regular season and he played very well. He’s got that kind of gunslinger confidence. That Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers kind of confidence. He practices hard, he prepares hard. He’s a good kid. He’s young. I think he’s a good player.”

Jags sign Henne

The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed quarterback Chad Henne and defensive tackle Abry Jones.

Henne was already under contract for the 2017 season, scheduled to make $3 million, so he restructured his deal and likely took a pay cut. Jones signed a four-year deal worth $16 million, with $6.5 million guaranteed.

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says “Chad provides leadership to our offensive meeting room.” . . .

The Chicago Bears signed offensive lineman Eric Kush to a two-year contract.

Jets cut Clady

Ryan Clady’s tenure with the New York Jets lasted just one injury-shortened season.

The left tackle was released when the Jets declined to pick up a $1 million roster bonus, according to a person with direct knowledge of the team’s plans. Clady was due $10 million next season, making his return to New York under that contract unlikely. . . .

The Cincinnati Bengals signed fourth-year cornerback Bene Benwikere. The 6-foot cornerback was Carolina’s fifth-round draft pick in 2014.

Material from Herald wire services was used in this report.