Tom Brady Spurns Nike, Signs With Rival Under Armour As Brand Shifts Image Tom Brady may have signed on to stay with New England long-term, but when it came to his apparel endorsements, he was willing to become a free agent.

Brady had been with Nike until this past summer, but he let the contract expire.

Unsurprisingly, Brady’s services are now back off the market, but the company that signed him is somewhat unexpected, as reported by Sports Illustrated.

Under Armour has been known for its tough, non-megastar based ad campaigns that — as far as the NFL has been concerned — nearly exclusively featured defensive players. Now, Brady, as well as Miles Austin and Anquan Boldin, will be joining Ray Lewis at Nike’s rival brand, though Brady may have to grow his hair out to Clay Matthews length to fit the brand’s image. It may, however, be Under Armour that is looking to transform itself.

When asked about his decision, Brady cited “the kids,” according to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.

“Under Armour’s everything I was looking for,” Brady said. “It’s cool. It’s fun. It’s what so many of the kids are wearing, and I like to try to stay cutting-edge. I like the company. I think we’ve got a lot in common. We both want to stay hungry, stay humble.

“At this point in my career, it’s got to be about a product I believe in,” Brady said. “I felt there wasn’t anything better out there. This is such a young company to be where they are. This kind of tells you where the market’s at.”

Brady will be getting a stake in the company as part of the deal.

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