New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft told NFL Network that despite drafting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round of this year's draft, Tom Brady is not going away any time soon.
"From my point of view, and I think for my organization, we believe that Tom has a lot of play left," Kraft said. "The way that he takes care of his body, the way he eats, the way he plays, the way he trains."
Because of his belief in Brady, Kraft said he hopes Garoppolo "doesn't get a chance to start for a long, long time."
The Patriots drafted Garoppolo as insurance in case Brady gets hurt. Kraft referred to New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis' hit that knocked quarterback Drew Bledsoe out of the lineup during the 2001 season and paved the way for Brady to lead the Patriots to their first Super Bowl title.
"If we didn't have somebody like Tommy in our system, it would've been very devastating," Kraft said. "You know in any business you always need disaster insurance; that's the most important thing, and now we have a young man that I hope he's as good as everyone feels."
Brady will be 37 in August.