While the offseason has brought unprecedented speculation about Tom Brady‘s future in New England, owner Robert Kraft recently noted that “neither side” has an issue with the future Hall of Famer’s contract.
“If it becomes an issue,” Kraft added, “we’ll deal with it.”
The Patriots might find themselves dealing with the matter sooner than Kraft imagined.
Amid national and local stories calling into question Brady’s commitment to returning for 2018, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday that the franchise quarterback is seeking a new contract before the upcoming season.
“It’s not a pressing issue,” Garafolo emphasized on Wednesday’s edition of NFL Up to the Minute. “It’s not anything that is contentious right now. But Brady would absolutely be interested in revisiting this contract.”
The Patriots have a history of extending Brady’s deal with two years remaining on the standing contract. In which case, it’s not unreasonable for Brady to expect a renegotiation with an annual average of $14 million due in the final two years of his current agreement.