The New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady have agreed to a two-year extension that will pay Brady $23 million this year, a source told ’s Adam Schefter.

The new contract, which runs through the 2021 season, will make Brady the sixth-highest-paid quarterback in the league, a source said, tying him with Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints.

Brady would have become an unrestricted free agent after the 2019 season. He had been set to make $15 million this year.

News of the extension comes a day after Brady celebrated his 42nd birthday.

On Wednesday, Brady brushed off a question about whether he felt he deserved an extension, but he did speak glowingly of his relationship with and staff.

“I appreciate this team and the opportunity it gave me in 2000,” Brady said Wednesday. “I play for a great coach in Coach [Bill] Belichick, and [offensive coordinator] Josh [McDaniels] and I have a great working relationship. I love Mr. [Robert] Kraft and his family. We’ve had just incredible success. Hopefully we can keep it going.”


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