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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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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Patriots-Bengals Preview from Tom E. Curran: No cinch in Cincy

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Patriots-Bengals Preview from Tom E. Curran: No cinch in Cincy

Here we have two teams at opposite ends of the food chain. The 10-3 Patriots and the 1-12 Bengals. Unfortunately, they have one thing in common. Neither one scores much. The Bengals high for the season is 23 points and that was in Week 4. They’ve only scored more than 20 points twice. 

The Patriots have scored fewer than three offensive touchdowns in five out of six games and the lone game they scored three – in Houston – two came in the very late stages after falling behind 21-3. So this game has the potential to look like a Patriots-Bengals from the not-so-distant past. Not the “On to Cincinnati” game people remember from 2014, but the ugly slog in the rain a year earlier when the Patriots lost 13-6 at Cincy. 

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So many elements are the same now for the Patriots offense – limited talent at wideout and a lack of protection up front. 

Because of the Patriots' offensive struggles, what seemed for months like a simple walkover has the potential to be uncomfortably competitive.