With news surfacing that the New England Patriots will likely try to reach a contract extension with Wes Welker prior to free agency on March 12, the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady have agreed to a contract extension—an extension for Welker could very well be in the future.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated is reporting that Brady has agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep him a Patriot through the 2017 season.
Tom Brady took a huge step today to ensure he’ll retire a Patriot, agreeing to a three-year contract extension that will keep him under center for New England through the 2017 season, when he will be 40 years old.
Under the new contract, Brady will be paid $13.8 this upcoming season, $14.8 million in 2014, $13 million in 2015, $14 million in 2016 and $15 million in 2017. Brady will also receive a $3 million signing bonus.
With Brady agreeing to a contract that will likely ensure that he retires as a Patriot, only one can assume that a Welker extension is only in the fold.
This contract not only extends Brady until his 40-years-old, but it moves around money thus the Patriots will have more money to play with as they only had $18 to do so following the Brady extension.
According to King’s report, the Patriots will save roughly $15 million in cap money.
As I stated previously, I do believe that this means a Welker signing is in the near future as I’m sure Brady has a huge say in who comes and goes with New England and I can guarantee to you that he wants hit No. 1 wide receiver for many years to come.