Robert Kraft: 'I didn't want to lose Tom Brady'

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on December 2, 2012
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says that he wanted to ensure Tom Brady finished his career with the side when agreeing a contract extension.

Robert Kraft has said that he is glad that Tom Brady will finish his career with the New England Patriots.

The quarterback signed a contract extension last week that will keep him with the franchise until 2017, when he will be 40.

The owner of the Patriots told Sports Illustrated: "The contract we have with Tom Brady is a real contract we will both live by. I was probably wearing my fan hat as much as anything else.

"I just didn't want to ever see this become like Joe Montana leaving San Francisco, Emmitt Smith leaving Dallas, Brett Favre leaving Green Bay, Peyton Manning leaving Indianapolis.

"If Tom Brady played out this current contract and left us, there was no doubt in my mind that someone out there would pay him top dollar, and they should, for his ability, his leadership and his unselfishness."

Brady has won three Super Bowls since being drafted by the side in 2000.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on December 2, 2012
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