NEWS: According to reports, the toe of Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes is said to be “pretty close to 100 percent.” Another report this week talked about Tom Brady’s desire to play beyond the age of 45.
He suffered the toe injury in the Divisional Round against Cleveland before he left the game with a concussion. Mahomes said rest has helped with the toe issue. It didn’t seem to hobble him in the AFC title game against Buffalo, as he rushed five times for five yards and displayed his usual pocket elusiveness. The injury shouldn’t hinder Mahomes in his bid for a Super Bowl repeat this Sunday.
Tom Brady said he “definitely” wants to play beyond age 45.
One would be foolish bordering on delusional to doubt Brady, who at 43 has taken the Bucs to the Super Bowl in his first season with the team amid the chaos of COVID-19. With a rabid commitment to staying healthy and in remarkable physical condition, Brady is the only modern-day player who could talk about playing into his late-40s without eliciting mockery from fans and haters alike. His commitment to play at least another couple seasons — presumably with the Bucs — could keep key players around, including Chris Godwin, who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Brady, who will become the NFL’s all-time passing yardage leader next year, is signed through the 2021 season.
FANTASY/DYNASTY TAKE: It’s great news that Mahomes’ toe is near 100 percent, although trusting reports these days is a tough ask. Once the season is completely over, we shall see if an update surfaces on this. Mahomes and Josh Allen are my locked and loaded 1 and 2 for fantasy QBs for 2021 and beyond. It’s not even close. As for the old man on the other side of the field in this 2021 Super Bowl game, Tom Brady could certainly play one more strong year. I think from a fantasy perspective, it’s probably smart to play this one year at a time and assume that only one solid year is in front of us (at a time). He will still have weapons and the team is clearly built to win now.