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Brady's roster bonus could expedite long-term deal

While it’s not exactly breaking news that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is due a $3 million roster bonus this offseason, ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss correctly points out that the bonus’ presence in Brady’s deal could expedite long-term contract negotiations.

Reiss notes that the bonus is due on March 5.  Rather than make Brady the large payment and sign him to a new deal later on, the Patriots could make the five-time Pro Bowler a multi-year offer before the start of the league year and avoid paying the bonus altogether.
The sides could also push back the bonus closer to the start of training camp if the Patriots decide they would prefer to focus on free agency.
Brady’s 2009 season has been considered a disappointment in some circles, but his numbers were some of the best of his career, behind his monster 2007 campaign.  Brady turns 33 before next season, and there’s no question that the Patriots want to make sure he finishes his career in New England.
In addition to the roster bonus, Brady is due a $3.5 million salary in 2010.  He has been one of the league’s most underpaid players several years running.
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21 Responses to “Brady's roster bonus could expedite long-term deal”
  1. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Feb 8, 2010 6:12 PM

    also let it be known that Brady has said on the record that he thinks that he is overpaid for what he does.

  2. tallermateo says: Feb 8, 2010 6:12 PM

    1st
    GO PATS!

  3. Bossman says: Feb 8, 2010 6:12 PM

    Pay the man, Belichick! You and that penny-pinching, union-breaking owner best wise-up. The days of thinking it is a privilege to play for the Patriots is gone. Pay your QB. Pay Wilfork. Pay Logan Mankins. Pay! Pay! Pay!
    Belichick: GM, HC, DC, OC…. Are you kidding me? The guy is going to kill himself.

  4. 8man says: Feb 8, 2010 6:41 PM

    And look who he is married to. Three years ago, Forbes estimated Bundchen’s net worth to be about $70 million.
    That cat ain’t hurting for money. And ultimately what do you want all that money for? Yeah. Poontang! Seems like he has that covered as well.
    Now that being said, he still deserves a paycheck that puts him in the top 5 for QB’s. Seriously, give me a list of five guys in the NFL now more successful than him.
    And we all know when he is done playing he’s going into broadcasting, acting or politics. Cha Ching!

  5. Rick says: Feb 8, 2010 6:45 PM

    it also helps when your babies mama makes 30 million a year. I don’t think he is worried about money

  6. rjgreen3 says: Feb 8, 2010 6:46 PM

    he may be under paid, but he gets more calls than any player in the league…..he also gets more rules instituted than any player in the league(tuck rule/not hitting qb below the waist)!

  7. PFTiswhatitis says: Feb 8, 2010 7:15 PM

    Who needs money when you have Gisele…

  8. Darth Jay says: Feb 8, 2010 7:25 PM

    “he also gets more rules instituted than any player in the league(tuck rule/not hitting qb below the waist)!”
    Yeah I’m uh… pretty sure those rules already existed Einstein…

  9. FireJerryJones says: Feb 8, 2010 7:39 PM

    He took a paycut so they could sign guys like Adalius Thomas…
    How’s that workin for ya?

  10. HarrisonHits says: Feb 8, 2010 7:53 PM

    “he also gets more rules instituted than any player in the league(tuck rule”
    Are you really that ignorant ? The tuck rule has been around for years and each team typically encounters it called in favor of the team they are playing at least once a year. If you’re going to hate someone try and not be so mindless about it.

  11. silenceformasses says: Feb 8, 2010 7:58 PM

    What is with this notion that people have that the Patriots don’t pay their players? They’re always in the top five in payroll.

  12. tonymo says: Feb 8, 2010 8:00 PM

    At what point does The Hoodie hit Thomas with the tag of diminishing physical skills?

  13. NFLMMAfan says: Feb 8, 2010 8:05 PM

    “He took a paycut so they could sign guys like Adalius Thomas…
    How’s that workin for ya?”
    Priceless!
    Instead of paying the roster bonus due him, Pats plan to not pay it but give him a long-term non-guaranteed contract? Tom Brady, are you really that stupid?

  14. BradyGazelle says: Feb 8, 2010 8:11 PM

    I just love the Brady jealousy.
    See you all in 2010!

  15. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 8, 2010 10:01 PM

    “Who needs money when you have Gisele…”
    Everybody.
    I aint saying she a gold digga
    but she aint hangin around no broke-a broke broke
    Leonardo Dicaprio
    Kelly Slater
    Tom Brady
    See a pattern?

  16. SmackMyVickUp.com says: Feb 8, 2010 10:31 PM

    3 mil roster bonus + 3.5 mil salary = 6.5mil
    Since when is 6.5 mil underpaid for anything?
    It is not monopoly money.

  17. DonTerrelli says: Feb 9, 2010 7:23 AM

    Brady traded to Raiders or Broncos

  18. The Real Shuxion says: Feb 9, 2010 8:51 AM

    rjgreen3 says:
    February 8, 2010 6:46 PM
    he may be under paid, but he gets more calls than any player in the league…..he also gets more rules instituted than any player in the league(tuck rule/not hitting qb below the waist)!
    ————————————————-
    The tuck rule was in before Brady. The other one you are correct on.

  19. The Real Shuxion says: Feb 9, 2010 8:54 AM

    VoxVeritas says:
    February 8, 2010 10:01 PM
    “Who needs money when you have Gisele…”
    Everybody.
    I aint saying she a gold digga
    but she aint hangin around no broke-a broke broke
    Leonardo Dicaprio
    Kelly Slater
    Tom BradyTom Brady
    See a pattern?
    ————————————————-
    If Deb were here she would probably say they are more attractive than the normal guy.

  20. footballnut says: Feb 9, 2010 1:35 PM

    Sort of makes you think that $3 million roster bonus is there more for a tool to get both sides to the negotiating table…
    This is going to be an interesting off season here in NE.

  21. spudz says: Feb 9, 2010 6:44 PM

    also let it be known that Brady has said on the record that he thinks that he is overpaid for what he does.
    Exactly…they guy gets it….he doesnt worry about money….he worries about championships

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