Patriots Finally Strike A Deal With Tom Brady

Ian Logue
September 09, 2010 at 10:44pm ET

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's day may have started off shaky after his early morning car accident on Thursday, but it appears that it actually ended up working out pretty well.

Tom Brady will now be throwing passes for the Patriots until at least 2013 (PHOTO: Icon/SMI)

After a week where the contract negotiations between Tom Brady and the Patriots gained "momentum", apparently the culimination of these efforts has finally happened.

Peter King reported Thursday night at halftime during the NFL's season opener between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, that Tom Brady and the Patriots have finalized the terms of a four-year contract extension.

According to King Patriots owner Robert Kraft told him that the deal is done, and is for four years at $19 million per season. The deal is reportedly expected to be approved by the league on Friday.

With Brady being the first quarterback to sign an extension before Saints quarterback Drew Brees and the Colts' Peyton Manning, his deal will make him the highest-paid player in the NFL, at least in terms of his annual salary - for now anyway. 

Patriots fans can now rest easy knowing that the talk of Brady playing elsewhere will have to wait until after at least the 2014 season.