New England Patriots

Don Yee, the agent for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, put an end to a week of speculation Monday, confirming to ESPN’s Adam Schefter that his client will indeed play football in 2018.

“Tom’s intentions have not changed,” Yee told Schefter. “He’s consistently said he’ll play beyond this contract and into his mid-40s, or until he feels he isn’t playing at a championship level. I understand the constant speculation, but this is one point he’s been firm about.”

The update comes on the heels of Brady missing the start of voluntary workouts at Gillette Stadium, opting to instead spend time with his family, participate in charity work overseas, and work out with personal trainer Alex Guerrero.

But according to Yee, Brady’s absence will not have any effect on his readiness for the 2018 season.

“[Brady] customizes his preparation to each season in order to maximize his performance,” Yee said. “His training methods are always evolving and getting better. The year he missed the first four games — that month of training on his own was particularly efficient.”

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots celebrates with trainer Alex Guerrero after defeating the New York Jets 22-17 at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 27, 2016.(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots celebrates with trainer Alex Guerrero after defeating the New York Jets 22-17 at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 27, 2016.(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Yee also addressed the rumor that Brady’s recent absence from workouts at Gillette had something to do with his current contract, which will pay him less than former understudy Jimmy Garropolo’s current deal in San Francisco.

“His objective every year is to outperform his contract and his own goals,” said Yee. “And like every player, yes, he thinks about his contract — it’s a pretty natural thing to do. Every team’s management knows this.”

Brady, who turns 41 this August, threw for 4,577 yards and 32 touchdowns last season.