The Miami Dolphins, coming off an awful 6-10 season, didn’t need additional bad news this week. However, Miami got plenty of it Monday morning from its biggest rival.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Diani Russini report the reigning AFC East champion New England Patriots signed quarterback Tom Brady to a two-year extension. That means Brady will be under contract with New England through the 2019 season.
Brady, along with head coach Bill Belichick, have mostly dominated the Dolphins and the division. New England has won the AFC East in 13 of the past 15 years and will be favored again this upcoming season.
Brady’s contract keeps him with the team until he’s 42. Brady, 38, says he wants to play in New England until he’s 40. That’s an unusual goal, but any smart football observer at this point wouldn’t doubt his ability to stretch at least two more seasons out of his Hall of Fame career. Brady threw for 4,776 yards and 36 touchdowns last season, leading New England to the AFC Championship Game.
As history has shown, the Dolphins can’t reach any of their long-term goals unless they overcome Brady and the Patriots. This will be an issue Dolphins rookie head coach Adam Gase, vice president Mike Tannenbaum and general manager Chris Grier will try to solve for the remainder of this decade following Monday's contract extension for Brady.