New England Patriots extend quarterback Tom Brady’s contract

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Tom Brady will be a Patriot until he is 40 years old.


Brady agreed to a three-year contract extension with New England Monday, a person familiar with the contract told the Associated Press. The extension is worth about $27 million and will free up nearly $15 million in salary cap room for the team, which has several younger players it needs to re-sign or negotiate new deals with.


The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the extension has not been announced.


Sports Illustrated first reported the extension.


The 35-year-old two-time league MVP was signed through 2014, and has said he wants to play at least five more years.


A three-time Super Bowl champion, Brady will make far less in those three seasons than the going rate for star quarterbacks. Brady currently has a four-year, $72 million deal with $48 million guaranteed.


Drew Brees and Peyton Manning are the NFL’s highest-paid quarterbacks, at an average of $20 million and $18 million a year, respectively.


Brady has made it clear he wants to finish his career with the Patriots, whom he led to Super Bowl wins for the 2001, 2003 and 2004 seasons, and losses in the big game after the 2007 and 2011 seasons. By taking less money in the extension and redoing his current contract, he’s hopeful New England can surround him with the parts to win more titles.


Among the Patriots’ free agents are top receiver Wes Welker and his backup, Julian Edelman; right tackle Sebastian Vollmer; cornerback Aqib Talib; and running back Danny Woodhead.


Brady has been the most successful quarterback of his era, of course, as well as one of the NFL’s best leaders. His skill at running the no-huddle offense is unsurpassed, and he’s easily adapted to the different offensive schemes New England has concentrated on through his 13 pro seasons.


The Patriots have gone from run-oriented in Brady’s early days to a deep passing team with Randy Moss to an offense dominated by throws to tight ends, running backs and slot receivers.


Brady holds the NFL record for touchdown passes in a season with 50 in 2007, when the Patriots went 18-0 before losing the Super Bowl to the Giants. He has thrown for at least 28 touchdowns seven times and led the league three times.


Last season, Brady had 34 TD passes and eight interceptions as the Patriots went 12-4, leading the league with 557 points, 76 more than runner-up Denver.


Te’o finally gets chance to focus on football: Manti Te’o’s first appearance on a football field since the BCS championship game didn’t go as well as planned Monday.


The Notre Dame star and Heisman Trophy runner-up was clocked at 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock had said Sunday anything faster than 4.7 would be “phenomenal.” Anything 4.8 or over would be a “concern.”


The workout comes more than a month after Te’o’s highly-publicized online romance with a girlfriend was exposed as a hoax and that Te’o was a victim of the hoax.


Since then, he’s done a handful of one-on-one interviews and took questions Saturday in one of the craziest scenes in NFL scouting combine history.


Some wonder whether the story has become a distraction, and Te’o’s sub-par performance Monday didn’t help.


Baker to lead Houston’s Super Bowl bid: Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker will lead Houston’s bid to host the Super Bowl in 2017.


Baker will be the honorary chairman of the city’s bid committee. He served as Secretary of State under President George H.W. Bush from 1989-92 and was Bush’s chief of staff from August 1992 to January 1993.


NFL owners are expected to vote in May on host sites for the 2016 and 2017 Super Bowls. Miami and San Francisco are competing for the 2016 game, and the runner-up will compete against Houston for the 2017 game.


Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans, was the site of the 2004 Super Bowl, with Tom Brady and New England defeating Carolina.


Top NFL draft prospect from Utah has heart ailment: Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei will be heading home from the NFL’s combine Monday night after doctors discovered he had a heart condition.


His agent, Bruce Tollner, confirmed the diagnosis in an email to the Associated Press Monday. ESPN first reported the story Sunday night.


Lotulelei is one of the top prospects in April’s draft. Some mock drafts even had the Utah star going No. 1 overall. He is expected to see a specialist.


A heart condition could have a significant impact on his draft stock as he tries to become the second Utes player chosen No. 1 overall. Alex Smith was taken first in the 2005 draft.


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