The Associated Press
Tom Brady will be a Patriot until he is 40 years old.
Brady agreed to a three-year contract extension through 2017 with New England on Monday, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press. The extension is worth about $27 million and will free up nearly $15 million in salary cap room for the team, which has several younger players it needs to re-sign or negotiate new deals with.
Sports Illustrated first reported the extension.
The 35-year-old two-time league MVP was signed through 2014, and has said he wants to play at least five more years.
A three-time Super Bowl champion, Brady will make far less in those three seasons than the going rate for star quarterbacks. Brady currently has a four-year, $72 million deal with $48 million guaranteed.
Drew Brees and Peyton Manning are the NFL's highest-paid quarterbacks, at an average of $20 million and $18 million a year, respectively.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Manti Te'o's first appearance on a football field since the BCS championship game didn't go as well as planned.
The Notre Dame star and Heisman Trophy runner-up was clocked at 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock had said Sunday anything faster than 4.7 would be "phenomenal." Anything 4.8 or over would be a "concern."
The workout came more than a month after Te'o's highly-publicized online romance with a girlfriend was exposed as a hoax and that he was a victim of the hoax.
The linebacker said Saturday the hoax had no impact on that game. And he insists it has not affected his preparation for the combine, either.
But instead of putting those concerns to rest with a good showing, Te'o fell short of his goals again -- and not just in the 40.
Te'o participated in five of the seven drills, opting out of the bench press and 60-yard shuttle, and did not finish ranked among the top five at his position in any of them.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Top draft prospect Star Lotulelei will undergo more extensive heart tests when he returns to Utah.
Doctors at the NFL's scouting combine found the star defensive tackle and likely high pick has a heart condition, Lotulelei's agent, Bruce Tollner, confirmed in a series of emails with The Associated Press.
Tollner said Lotulelei would not take questions regarding the diagnosis yet. But the 6-foot-2, 311-pound defensive tackle still plans to do a full workout in front of scouts at his regularly scheduled Pro Day on March 20. The Tonga native was scheduled to fly to Utah on Monday night, Tollner said.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles have released veteran defensive tackles Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson.
Jenkins signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the Eagles in 2011 and started every game the last two seasons. He was due to make $5.5 million this season, but Philadelphia cut the 32-year-old with an eye toward rebuilding.
After spending the first seven seasons of his NFL career with Green Bay, Jenkins left for Philadelphia. He had 5
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