PHOENIX - All is quiet on the Tom Brady contract front, according to a source here at the NFL's League Meetings at the Arizona Biltmore.
Why does the absence of activity pass for news? Because Brady, the six-time Super Bowl champion, has never entered a season while in the so-called "walk year" of his contract. And the $27M cap hit he currently carries is onerous and represents a bigger hit than the Patriots have ever carried for a player (though Rob Gronkowski's retirement has freed up significant room). Also because Brady, who for years has taken less than he could command as the reigning king of the quarterbacks, more than deserves to have his salary brought in line with the league's best players and that cost will be significant.
Brady, who will be 42 in August, has made it clear he doesn't want to finish his career anywhere else and both Robert and Jonathan Kraft have made it clear they don't want that to happen either. While on Boston Sports Tonight last month, Jonathan Kraft intimated Brady entering the walk year of his contract isn't really significant until he actually starts playing regular season games without a new deal. The intimation was that a new deal could be in place by training camp.
So while it's still way too early to sound the alarm about Brady not getting a new deal, it's always an apt time to check in on the progress being made toward one. And right now, there's nothing coming down the pike.
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