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Patriots owner Robert Kraft and president Jonathan Kraft joined Boston Sports Tonight at Radio Row in Atlanta on Tuesday night, and the pair all but confirmed that the team won’t see any changes at the three most important positions in the organization.
Jonathan took it a step further with quarterback Tom Brady, hinting that he will have signed a new contract with the team by the time the Pats are getting ready for next season. Jonathan alluded to the possible new deal when asked about Brady entering 2019 on the final year of his contract, something he hasn’t historically done in his career.
“We’re still in the season before, so he’s not in the final year of his deal,” Jonathan said. “That’s really the answer to that, and let’s see what happens when training camp starts.”
Brady is due a $14 million base salary and $1 million roster bonus in 2019 and would cost the Patriots $27 million against the cap.
Robert and Jonathan also confirmed that ownership is not going to change, which isn’t a big surprise. But since retirement talk is bound to follow Brady and head coach Bill Belichick every year until it actually happens, it’s notable that they strongly suggested both will be back in 2019.
“I’ll promise you, ownership is sticking around,” said Robert, which Jonathan followed up with. “And I think you’ll see our quarterback and coach there, so that’s the answer.”
Brady himself already confirmed there’s “zero” chance of him retiring after the 2018 season. The Krafts’ comments essentially confirm that there won’t be any earth-shattering trades in the offseason, either.
Belichick, meanwhile, would never directly answer a question like that. So it’s noteworthy that the Krafts believe he will be back to serve his 20th season as Patriots head coach in the 2019 season.
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