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Will Tom Brady play to 47? Patriots QB reacts to Alex Guerrero's comments

Will Tom Brady play to 47? Patriots QB reacts to Alex Guerrero's comments

It's your move, Tom Brady.

Brady's business partner and personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, put a new "expiration date" on the New England Patriots quarterback Thursday, admitting that Brady recently told him he feels he can play until age 46 or 47 instead of just 45.

Westwood One's Jim Gray asked Brady about Guerrero's remarks Thursday night, and if he does, in fact, plan on playing past age 45.

"I’m feeling pretty great,” Brady told Gray. “I have the support of Alex and we have a great relationship and we work together a lot. He keeps me feeling good. It’s actually amazing what he’s able to do and accomplish, the two of us together.

"I am going to keep playing as long as I can. We’ll see how long it goes. Easier said than done."

That's a more generic answer than Brady gave Wednesday, when the 42-year-old explained why he set 45 as his target retirement age (before Guerrero upped the ante).

It's not surprising Brady is keeping things open-ended, though. His contract allows him to become a free agent in March 2020, so he has plenty of options in front of him -- stay with the Patriots, join another team, or retire -- depending on how this season goes.

In the meantime, he'd rather not stir up any more trouble ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I know the kind of effort I am putting in right now, but what a great privilege to play a sport that I love," Brady added. "I think a lot of people would actually pay money to play quarterback in the NFL and the fact that people pay me money makes it pretty amazing."

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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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Tom Brady's trainer Alex Guerrero sells house, moving to Plymouth

Tom Brady's trainer Alex Guerrero sells house, moving to Plymouth

Before the 2019 season started for the New England Patriots, Tom Brady's impending free agency was a hot topic of conversation. Brady signed "a non-extension" extension with the Patriots that will void in the 2020 offseason, making him a free agent.

And in August, it was revealed that Brady's house in Brookline, Mass., was up for sale, so that made Patriots fans sweat a little bit. Still, since that time, there had been relatively few developments.

Until Alex Guerrero's house went on the market as well. That added fuel to the fire regarding Brady's potential departure, but on a recent episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast, NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran communicated that Brady's longtime trainer and business partner selling his house was nothing to worry about.

I strongly believe that nothing new has happened and the rehash of Tom Brady's life predicament with his house on the market and Alex Guerrero's house on the market, since sold -- however, news flash, sources have told me that Alex Guerrero actually is moving to Plymouth, so that really throws a dart in the side of that.

As for the rest of the Brady conversation, Curran seemed to indicate that, unlike ESPN's Adam Schefter, he thinks that Brady returning to New England is the most likely outcome this offseason.

[Schefter] actually anted up a little bit further on Thursday saying that whether it be retire, go somewhere else, or re-sign with the Patriots, re-signing with the Patriots he felt was the most remote. I don't feel that way. I feel that Tom Brady will eventually work something out despite the fact that he's most likely going to have worse stats in 2019 than he did in 2018.

Curran goes on to further discuss what the Patriots might elect to do with Brady when he hits free agency and that nothing is set in stone, but also acknowledged that there really isn't anything new with this story. Both sides are in wait-and-see mode with the 2019 season ongoing.

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