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Tom Brady believes he can play until '46 or 47,' trainer Alex Guerrero says

Tom Brady believes he can play until '46 or 47,' trainer Alex Guerrero says

If Alex Guerrero has his facts straight, the NFL may have to deal with Tom Brady a little bit longer.

The New England Patriots quarterback has mentioned multiple times -- most recently Wednesday night -- he has a goal of playing until age 45.

But in an interview Thursday morning on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show," Guerrero -- Brady's longtime business partner and personal trainer -- revealed the 42-year-old QB is mulling a loftier target.

"I certainly do believe that 45 is a very realistic goal. We talk about it all the time," Guerrero said. "Every year, he just adds another year, because he goes in and says, 'I just feel so good still. I think I'm going to go to 45.' And I'm like, 'OK.'

"And now he's like, 'Alex, I think I can go to like 46 or 47.' "

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That groan you hear is the NFL's 31 other teams envisioning two additional years of facing the six-time Super Bowl champion.

There's one wrinkle, of course: Brady's current contract allows him to opt out and become a free agent in March 2020 if he and the Patriots don't agree to another extension.

So, could the veteran QB spend those extra years somewhere other than New England? 

"I don't know. It's not July 2020," Guerrero said when asked to predict if Brady will be at Patriots training camp next year. "I am focused on today."

Brady, it seems, has an eye on the future: Extending his career to age 47 would take him into 2024, which means five additional seasons of the GOAT -- in Foxboro or otherwise.

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

The people's court is now in session. The topic of debate: Who made who, Bill Belichick or Tom Brady?

The two New England Patriots greats will always be inextricably linked for the success they've had in creating the Patriots dynasty. Together, the duo has won six Super Bowl titles and has overseen the most dominant two-decade stretch in NFL history.

Still, the question of who is chiefly responsible for the team's success has long been a debate among the New England faithful. And this week, Shanda, Cerrone, and Leroy take a deeper dive into the case for both sides on the latest episode of "That 617 Life Podcast".

Cerrone kicks off the "trial" by defending Brady, arguing that his on-field play and his arrival to the team snapped the Patriots out of the funk that they were in for most of the early part of their franchise's existence.

[The Patriots] were the team that nobody wanted to use in TecmoBowl. Now, for everybody in America, you're cheating if you use Tom Brady in Madden.

Furthermore, from Cerrone:

There's teams in the NFL over the past 20 years that still haven't defeated Tom Brady. Still, over 20 seasons. There are organizations and fan bases that still have not seen a victory in front of Tom Brady.

As for the case for Belichick, Leroy laid out a simple case for Belichick and called him "possibly the greatest coach in sports history."

Hear more of the trial and thoughts on the latest Boston sports stories on the latest episode of the "That 617 Life Podcast", which drops every Friday as part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

It's no longer a mystery who will kick for the New England Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Patriots are expected to officially re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Folk was released by the team and replaced with Kai Forbath prior to last week's game vs. the Houston Texans after undergoing an appendectomy.

In three games with the Patriots this season, Folk has made seven of nine field goals and all three extra-point attempts. 

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