Brady happy to get contract extension out of the way

BOSTON (Reuters) - After days of dodging questions about a contract extension, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Saturday he was happy the four-year deal was sealed so he could focus on the start of a new NFL season.

"My team mates, both past and present, are the main reason why we have accomplished so much over the years. I love playing in New England and appreciate all the support that our fans give us."

Brady, who is set to earn $6.5 million this season in the final year of his current deal, reached a four-year contract extension earlier this week that will keep the five-time Pro Bowler with the Patriots through the 2014 season.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Patriots host the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday as both teams open their NFL seasons.

(Writing by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Nick Mulvenney)