Tom Brady will retire on his own terms.
In a Wednesday interview with NFL Network, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft made it clear that the franchise quarterback will be given latitude to decide when he's ready to call it quits.
"I think [he] has earned the right to have that be a decision he makes when he wants to make it," Kraft told NFL Network's Andrea Kremer. "Our intent is we have the best people in their respective positions and we keep them here for a very long time."
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When asked about what that free range means, Brady just couldn't understand the rush.
"Why does everyone want me to retire so bad? I'm having fun, the team is doing good," Brady told reporters. "I know I'm a little bit older than most of the guys, but I'm really enjoying it. I obviously enjoy the experience of playing in this game. This has been obviously a dream come true, many times over.
"We had a good practice today and we're going to need a couple more good ones. We are playing against a good football team so I'm not thinking about retirement. I'm thinking about the Super Bowl and trying to win the most important game of the year and it's going to take a lot to do it."
Brady, 40, is set to make his eighth Super Bowl appearance when the defending-champion Patriots take on the Eagles in Minneapolis for Super Bowl 52 at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday.