PHOENIX -- Tom Brady's contract is set to expire in less than a year. On the surface, Brady and the Patriots should be motivated to extend his current deal.
Through an extension, New England could continue to employ one of the league's best quarterbacks and free up millions of dollars in cap space this season. Brady, meanwhile, would take another step toward his goal of playing until he's 45.
Still, player and team have yet to reach an agreement beyond 2019. And don't expect Bill Belichick to publicly address Brady's contract anytime soon -- if ever.
"Yeah, I am not going to get into any contract discussions," Belichick said Tuesday at the annual league meetings. "We never do that, so we're not going to start here now."
Brady's agent, Don Yee, offered no comment on the matter Monday.
Brady threw for 4,355 yards, 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last year while he completed 65.8 percent of his passes. He also made his 14th Pro Bowl before leading New England to a sixth Super Bowl title. The three-time league MVP and All-Pro will turn 42 in early August.
Earlier this offseason, New England opted to create cap space by releasing veteran defensive end Adrian Clayborn and converting a portion of cornerback Stephon Gilmore's base salary into signing bonus.