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Tom Brady, 42, Signs Two-Year Contract Extension

Tom Brady is already the oldest nonkicker in the N.F.L. He is likely to keep that status for a few more years.

Brady, who turned 42 on Saturday, signed a two-year contract extension that, barring an unexpected retirement, will keep him on the field through the 2021 season.

The extension is worth $70 million, according to multiple news reports. Brady, who led the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl championship in February, will receive $23 million this season, $30 million next season and $32 million in 2021 for a total of $85 million, according to a person familiar with the contract discussions.

Brady’s $23 million salary this season is an $8 million increase over the $15 million he was scheduled to be paid.

Even so, his salary this season will free up an additional $5.5 million for the Patriots to spend on other players, ESPN reported. Brady, who has played his entire career for New England, can also become a free agent at the end of this season, though he is unlikely to move teams. Brady told reporters on Monday that the clause is just an acknowledgment that the careers of N.F.L. players tend to be decided year to year.

“It’s really the reality for most guys in the N.F.L., I don’t want to think I’m any different than anyone else,” Brady said. “Football is a tough business. It’s a production business. I’m ready to go this year, and that’s really what matters, and that’s where my focus is. It’s a unique situation I’m in — 20th year with the same team and 42 years old. Pretty much uncharted territory for everybody, and I’m going to go out there and be the best I can this year and see what happens.”

A Patriots spokesman said he had no information about Brady’s contract. Brady’s agent declined to comment.

Though he was born during the Jimmy Carter Administration, Brady is not the oldest player in the N.F.L. That distinction goes to Adam Vinatieri of the Indianapolis Colts, who is 46. Matt Bryant, who last played for Atlanta and has gray in his beard, also is older than Brady.

But Vinatieri and Bryant are both kickers who see far less action, and absorb far fewer hits, than quarterbacks like Brady.

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