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Patriots, Tom Brady agree to three-year, $27 million extension

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Tom Brady has a new contract with the Patriots, and it’s a rare instance of a high-profile player’s contract being notable for not breaking the bank.

According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Brady has agreed to a deal that adds three years to his commitment to the Patriots, while paying him $27 million in additional money. He’s now locked up through the 2017 season, when he’ll be 40 years old.

King reports that Brady will get a $3 million signing bonus immediately and will play for base salaries of $7 million in 2015, $8 million in 2016 and $9 million in 2017.

Those salaries are nowhere near what elite quarterbacks typically get. But Brady was apparently willing to do a deal that pays him only a little more money now (and yes, for an elite NFL quarterback, that $3 million signing bonus is only “a little”) for the long-term security of knowing that he’s got a contract that effectively makes him a Patriot for life.

Most significantly for the Patriots, the deal gives them some short-term relief under the salary cap, and the structure of the deal means Brady will count significantly less against their cap in the next two years than he would have under his previous contract. That may make it more feasible for the Patriots to re-sign Brady’s longtime favorite receiver, Wes Welker.

And this deal makes it more likely that the Patriots, who have been remarkably successful at staying at or near the top in the always-fluid NFL, will continue to stay at or near the top for several more years.

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114 Responses to “Patriots, Tom Brady agree to three-year, $27 million extension”
  1. tcostant says: Feb 25, 2013 4:31 PM

    Wow – Tom is a cheap date compared to what these other QB’s get.

  2. jwcarlson says: Feb 25, 2013 4:32 PM

    Thank you, Tom, for bringing some sanity to the salary game. How silly will Flacco look asking for $20M+ per year now?

  3. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:32 PM

    That’s a bargain.

  4. chawk12thman says: Feb 25, 2013 4:32 PM

    Good for Pat fans…..

  5. peytonsneck18 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:33 PM

    even tho i hate the patriots with a passion, u gotta give it to Tom for taking a deal that helps them pay for more talent around them, i wonder if other high profile QB will take less….peyton? brees?

  6. jwcarlson says: Feb 25, 2013 4:34 PM

    Report: Joe Flacco’s agent thinks Joe is worth 200% more per year than Tom Brady.

  7. wadecounty93 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:34 PM

    As a Fin Fan as long as he is around its going to be tough to win that division, well atleast we know the Jets wont be winning anything anytime soon!

  8. enochmh2 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:34 PM

    Quarterback etiquette!! Hate or love brady he is a team player! Am looking at you brees,flacco

  9. oraloki says: Feb 25, 2013 4:35 PM

    I am a Peyton fan, but I have great respect for Brady. At time when every athlete is trying to get every last penny, Brady takes less money. No one leaves money on the table. He deserves to be the highest paid player, but still takes less money. I guess it doesn’t hurt to have a wife who pulls in 100 million a year.

  10. holmesra18 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:36 PM

    Thats very noble of him to take less salary so that they can sign other players. Plus him and his wife don’t need the money since she makes a ton. Meanwhile my cowboys are looking at giving Romo $12-13 million a year for 3-4 and Romo’s a QB who’s only got 1 playoff game and ZERO Super Bowls.

  11. psuravens19 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:37 PM

    Does anyone know what Brady’s first big contract was? I highly doubt when he was getting ready to sign that one, he wasn’t taking less for the better of the team, so to compare this contract with Flacco or other QB’s is crazy.

  12. vikesfan320 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:37 PM

    That’s because Tom Brady understands that you can’t strap yourself financially with one player. He has enough money and wants championships, and he knows taking less money will allow the Patriots some flexibility to get the players to win more championships.

    Joe Flacco’s going to find out the hard way that when you take a ton of money that could be used on others, elite receivers like Anquan Boldin can’t be kept on the roster and you won’t look nearly as good without him.

  13. cappa662 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:38 PM

    Easy for Brady to leave the scraps on the table now, since the past 5 years he was making 18+ million dollars!!!!!!!!!

  14. frankgarrett says: Feb 25, 2013 4:38 PM

    I could see Aaron Rodgers doing this with GB.. He’s class just like Brady .. Flacco isn’t even close with these 2 .

  15. coughlinsredcheeks says: Feb 25, 2013 4:38 PM

    Where were all the “Tom Brady demands contract extension” articles? I mean, it’s not like the guy let his play write the checks…

  16. painkiller20 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:38 PM

    Those that are comparing this to flacco apparently have no idea that Tom Brady has already made a ton of money. Flacco is trying to get his first contract after playing out his full rookie contract, something almost unheard of.

  17. fafaflunky says: Feb 25, 2013 4:39 PM

    wow someone who isnt all about the money..the guy just wants rings..idk when players break that bank, it seems like there production always falls off..

  18. growuppeterpan says: Feb 25, 2013 4:40 PM

    Well it doesn’t hurt when you wife brings home $25-30 million a year too…..

  19. nzayir says: Feb 25, 2013 4:40 PM

    Tom Brady the man has always put team first. He’ll retire as a Patriot.

  20. trojanwarrior007 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:40 PM

    you gotta love when Tom Brady gives a big F U to the other QBs out there chasing every penny. but part of it is even Brady realizes that the Pats would cut him once his play declines.

  21. reasonablemindsays says: Feb 25, 2013 4:41 PM

    Report: Joe Flacco’s agent thinks Joe is worth 200% more per year than Tom Brady.

    —————————————————-

    Well considering Flacco embarrassed Brady in New England while surrounded by a team of inferior talent, I would say he deserves that much more money.

  22. tastethejace says: Feb 25, 2013 4:42 PM

    Look how much his wife makes. Do you really think he cares that much now about the money?

  23. ravensallday2012 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:42 PM

    All the flacco comments just show how much u don’t understand the game

  24. thesmartestmanever says: Feb 25, 2013 4:43 PM

    smack in ….3…2..1. of course he’s not going anywhere. he’s a system quarterback why threaten to leave that system. Tom Brady could not and would not be as successful on any other team. that is the difference between him and Peyton

  25. mrphelps01 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:43 PM

    While squeezing out every last dime his franchise has to offer…

  26. myeaglescantwin says: Feb 25, 2013 4:43 PM

    every talks on this garbage on Brady.

    but it’s obvious that he understands it takes a team to win a title.
    By not holding onto ideal of a ‘Flacco-like’ contract, he leave room for impact players to sign in his city.

    Manning could take a lesson from this guy.

  27. rc33 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:43 PM

    Methinks it helps to have a mega, mega rich significant other.
    And a ton of annual endorsement cash.

  28. thesmartestmanever says: Feb 25, 2013 4:44 PM

    Amen,

  29. fm31970 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:44 PM

    *smh*

    Sincerely,

    Drew “20% of the Saints’ salary cap” Brees.

  30. der6495 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:44 PM

    What does he need a huge contract for? The wife makes pretty good ching.

  31. wgray981 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:44 PM

    Criticize Brady all you want, but he knows he will have a better team around him if he takes a pay cut. Flacco, on the other hand, can kiss any chance of repeating goodbye because he will break the Ravens bank.

  32. psilenttype says: Feb 25, 2013 4:44 PM

    You fools must’ve forgot he was the highest paid QB in 2010….

  33. bucrightoff says: Feb 25, 2013 4:45 PM

    Flacco will be looking pretty Wacco when Brady is playing twice as good for half as much money.

  34. mccourty1sland says: Feb 25, 2013 4:46 PM

    Class act. Always puts the team above everything. All you whiners can say what you want but you wish you had it this good.

    Cue all the “you guys are awful because you lost 2 of the 5 Super Bowls you played in in the last 11 years” garbage talk

  35. packman331 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:48 PM

    THIS is what I hope Aaron Rodgers pays attention to…. you will earn more money than you can ever spend regardless— but do you want to continue to win, ala Tom— or eat up the salary cap and muddle along?

    This is where we find out who wants to win

  36. canadianbucsfan says: Feb 25, 2013 4:48 PM

    Brady was thinking team first when he did this not himself. That’s pretty rare for one of the best players in the league. Pats fans are lucky to have him for many years to come.

  37. leigh1118 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:49 PM

    Classy guy. This is the second time he did this. He rather win. Its hard to win when you’re bleeding the team.

  38. gisellichek says: Feb 25, 2013 4:51 PM

    Don’t forget… His wife makes like 80mil a year… flacco brees and manning got the traditional hangers-on spouses… financially speaking of course)… Kinda gives Tommy some financial flexibility when the MRS is taking down that kinda dough.

    I hope that was to get Welker signed… (humm)

  39. ampats says: Feb 25, 2013 4:51 PM

    Just another example why it is great to be a Patriots fan !

  40. audge86 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:52 PM

    frankgarrett says: Feb 25, 2013 4:38 PM

    I could see Aaron Rodgers doing this with GB.. He’s class just like Brady .. Flacco isn’t even close with these 2 .

    ————–

    I can see it, down the line

    I’m a huge Pats fan, I love Brady and he is constantly restructuring to help the team.

    But don’t compare him and Rodgers TOO much. It’s not fair to Rodgers. Brady is coming off of a huge contract. He made a ton of $$ already. Now he’s willing to take less, he already cashed in. You can compare him to peyton still demanding $20 mill/year though!

    Rodgers is pretty much in his prime. Don’t see him being a Flacco-esque diva. But this is his only chance to get the big contract. I hope he’s classy about it though.

  41. trollaikman8 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:53 PM

    Classy move but let’s not forget that his woman makes $40M a year…or something ridiculous like that. Still, classy….and a direct kick in the nuts to Brees, Manning, Romo, Flaccid.

  42. rc33 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:54 PM

    Does anyone know what Brady’s first big contract was? I highly doubt when he was getting ready to sign that one, he wasn’t taking less for the better of the team, so to compare this contract with Flacco or other QB’s is crazy.
    ——————————
    To address this question, Brady signed a 6 yr./$60M deal after he had won his 3rd Super Bowl (age 27). He most assuredly could’ve held the Patriots hostage and there’s nothing Bob Kraft could’ve done about it; he would’ve had to pay the guy no matter what he was looking for. Brady wasn’t rich (comparatively) at that time.

  43. skoobyfl says: Feb 25, 2013 4:54 PM

    His wife makes 3X more than him, what a deal.

  44. goldrush36 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:55 PM

    I hate Tom Brady because of the way he always flops for a flag or gets away with little things like spiking the ball and berating a ref for the opposition calling timeout but I have always respected his abilities. This just made me a bigger fan and oh BTW HAHAHAHA Flacco

  45. alskdh says: Feb 25, 2013 4:56 PM

    Thats not enough — we need Brady another 5 seasons. He is still one of the top 2 QBs in the game. Without that return in week 15, I htink he gets MVP and #1 seed. 3 years is not enough.

  46. ntestarossa says: Feb 25, 2013 4:56 PM

    This is not the first time Brady has restructured his contract to a lower amount. He did it for Randy Moss I believe and this will be the 3rd time in his career. The only player that Ive seen to do this for his team.

    “He has made 18mil the last 5 years.”
    Really? please show me where you get your info from.

  47. dannyreneau says: Feb 25, 2013 4:56 PM

    Class move by Brady. This guy will probably eat free at any restaurant in Boston for the rest of his life

  48. getyourownname says: Feb 25, 2013 4:57 PM

    People who use this to say Flacco is not worth whatever he’s asking are missing the point. The point is that it’s not about your relative market value, it’s about how much you want to win.

    Gotta give props to Brady for being so competitive he will do whatever it takes to increase his chances of winning by (cynics might say it’s because he knows his skills are fading, but even if that were true, it doesn’t affect the point of wanting to maximize your team resources to get better players around you to improve your chances of winning).

    Note to Flacco: did you enjoy beating the Pats this year? Think you can do it again if they get better while the Ravens have to cut players?

    Maybe Oz called Belichick and asked him to do this now, to help him out in the Flacco negotiations. Timing is still important.

  49. xxwhodatxx says: Feb 25, 2013 4:58 PM

    He already has made ridiculous money not to mention the highest paid in 2010.

  50. lombardisshineinfoxborough says: Feb 25, 2013 4:59 PM

    Classy move by Brady. He didn’t have to do this and could have played his cards differently in order to extract every last dollar down the road. And while it’s true that he doesn’t need the money, there are plenty of other athletes that also don’t need the money who would never do this, and put the team before themselves. That said, let’s leave Flacco alone here. I don’t think it’s a fair comparison as this is his first shot at a big time contract…

  51. bronco1st says: Feb 25, 2013 5:01 PM

    And the Broncos are going to fork out $40M guaranteed for “one and done” PFM over the next 2 years followed by another $28M for the 2 years after that – provided that his neck doesn’t fall off before that!

  52. ayoungandres says: Feb 25, 2013 5:02 PM

    I don’t see Tom Brady doing this unless he’s been assured the money is going to Wes. Very classy Mr. Brady. Great news.

  53. goldrush36 says: Feb 25, 2013 5:03 PM

    All the Flacco sympathizers are cracking me up. Honestly I hope he gets his money because it is gonna show how marginally above average he truly is when he loses half his bailouts er I mean teammates

  54. tim2200 says: Feb 25, 2013 5:03 PM

    Life is GOOD!!!! Brady restructures so Welker gets a sweet contract AND is doesn’t touch the cap because Welker’s money comes off the Brady restructure. Leaves the Patriots free to sign defensive help. Brilliant!

  55. micronin127 says: Feb 25, 2013 5:04 PM

    Bravo Tom!

    Whether we get back Vollmer, Welker, or Talib as a result of the extra cap space, we can at least retain the talent we have and then add through the draft too.

    A lot of times teams have to let players walk and then use the draft to plug the holes and end up moving sideways at best.

  56. crush22 says: Feb 25, 2013 5:08 PM

    He won’t get thru half of the first year before his old, brittle bones give way and needs a hip replacement.

  57. mrphelps01 says: Feb 25, 2013 5:08 PM

    As much of the above goes to show, haters will find a way to hate every time; even when a professional athlete does what we wish all of them would do.

  58. wikidpissah says: Feb 25, 2013 5:10 PM

    psuravens19 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:37 PM

    Does anyone know what Brady’s first big contract was? I highly doubt when he was getting ready to sign that one, he wasn’t taking less for the better of the team, so to compare this contract with Flacco or other QB’s is crazy.
    ===============================
    In his first “big” contract he took significantly less than market value so that the team could use the cap space to bring in and keep players. Look it up.

    In his current contract he got market value, which was beginning to affect the team’s ability to sign and keep players, so he signed the extension to lower his cap number and ensure that the team stays competitive.

    He’s obviously made more money than he, his children and his grandchildren can ever spend. Nonetheless, he’s the only big name QB that I’m aware of doing this. Say what you want but he does all he can to help the team.

  59. honkerdawg says: Feb 25, 2013 5:13 PM

    Brady takes a little so he won’t lose the players the Pats need – that’s called being a Teammate

  60. Biggie says: Feb 25, 2013 5:13 PM

    I love this man. I’m going to buy some Uggs for Men in gratitude.

  61. thesmartestmanever says: Feb 25, 2013 5:14 PM

    bradybbgoat: the difference in using the same offense and using the same system.
    system: a mathematical dictation designed to create mismatches against defenses by using time and space. i.e. a sequential dropback or pass route.
    what Peyton does: dictates the forth coming play based on what the defense is showing him. I.e. installing one of a number of pre determined plays at the line of scrimmage. relying more on himself to find the open spot as opposed to the system finding it.

  62. wimperd says: Feb 25, 2013 5:15 PM

    He probably has a clause in his new contract that makes the pats resign wes welker. He definitelky makes that possible now.

  63. vcupats says: Feb 25, 2013 5:15 PM

    Pats have Gronk, Hernandez and Brady locked up through 2017 – that’s good work Mr. Kraft. Now I hope Belichick plans on staying for the duration.

  64. pg62 says: Feb 25, 2013 5:15 PM

    All of you people comparing Brady to Flacco are crazy in my opinion. As far as $ goes Flacco is just trying to cash in for the first time. How can you blame him for that or compare him to Brady who has already gotten his $ and has a wife who makes more than he ever did. As far as comparing them as QB’s on the field, how many points would Brady and that offense have put up if he played against the Pats mediocre at best D? Brady taking less $ for the team’s sake is why I am happy the Pats have him instead of Manning. I would not trade Brady for Manning. Hopefully the Pats can get some players to make the team better so Brady doesn’t play as poorly as Manning does in the playoffs any more.

  65. phaktor333 says: Feb 25, 2013 5:17 PM

    Steve Bisciotti should be thanking Robert Kraft for this move. I know the ownership of this league practices collusion to the players’ detriment on many levels, but this is for the overall benefit for both the players and the teams. Flacco is not a $20M per dude…period. This helps the players because we will not have to see players like Mark Sanchez, completely overwhelmed with the expectations that come with big money in markets that expect the stats to justify the salary. This contract helps the team and the Brady because as one moves past their prime, the salaries should not be continuing to go up; they should normalize and fall in line with the average. Although, the Pats will eventually have the pay the piper down the line…that’s two alterations to that massive contract signed a couple of years back.

  66. rpiotr01 says: Feb 25, 2013 5:19 PM

    The Mr. Bundchen can afford to take a pay cut, his wife pi$$es that kind of money on bathing suits every spring.

  67. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Feb 25, 2013 5:20 PM

    Guys, Tom Brady’s wife is worth close to a billion dollars.

    Not a million, a billion.

    The difference between a million and a billion is the difference between a penny and a ten dollar bill.

    So really, let’s stop using Brady’s good fortune as a means to make other top QBs look greedy.

  68. patsfiend says: Feb 25, 2013 5:22 PM

    That’s it. I’m naming my kid, Tom. Unbelievable. This guy is the greatest Patriot ever. Glad to have him locked in longer.

    Note to Tom: The throwing motion is good, maybe do some mobility / speed drills this offseason, bud! :-)

    Stoked!

  69. amoses74 says: Feb 25, 2013 5:24 PM

    Some people who post on this site have no CLUE what they are talking about. Tom Brady’s first “big contract” was signed in the offseason between 04 and 05 season. It was a 6 year, 60mil contract with 26mil signing bonus.

    So yeah Flacco is greedy. He could take a nice $50mil contract for 4 or 5 years and be set for life…… but he wont do that. He wants $20 a year!

    Brady is a team player. He has always been a team player. He isnt gonna screw his team with huge cap numbers cause he wants to win.

  70. dadawg77 says: Feb 25, 2013 5:27 PM

    Has anyone thought Brady may not plan on playing out all those years? Thus took a smaller payment now, free up cap room and will retire before this deal finishes. Really don’t think he pays until he is 40.

  71. flash1283 says: Feb 25, 2013 5:29 PM

    thesmartestmanever says:
    Feb 25, 2013 5:14 PM
    bradybbgoat: the difference in using the same offense and using the same system.
    system: a mathematical dictation designed to create mismatches against defenses by using time and space. i.e. a sequential dropback or pass route.
    what Peyton does: dictates the forth coming play based on what the defense is showing him. I.e. installing one of a number of pre determined plays at the line of scrimmage. relying more on himself to find the open spot as opposed to the system finding it.

    —-
    And Brady does exactly what you described Manning doing.

  72. frankiefiveangels says: Feb 25, 2013 5:32 PM

    Ian Rappoport and Bert Breer of The NFL network are reporting that Welker will get a 5 year, $40 million deal from the Patriots. Brady’s new deal keeps him with the team for the same # of years (5) and the salary cap savings in 2013 are $8 million, the same as Welkers average number. Coincidence? Probably not.

  73. bullcharger says: Feb 25, 2013 5:34 PM

    thesmartestmanever says:Feb 25, 2013 4:43 PM

    smack in ….3…2..1. of course he’s not going anywhere. he’s a system quarterback why threaten to leave that system. Tom Brady could not and would not be as successful on any other team. that is the difference between him and Peyton

    ————————–

    It was great to see the “Manning Face” in a new city and fun to see Denver lose (as he usually does in the playoffs) before Brady.

  74. bandoy767 says: Feb 25, 2013 5:36 PM

    Yes Brady is taking a pay cut but don’t glamorize him. How many Elite QB’s make more $ through endorsement deals and have a wife that makes more $ than them?

  75. CKL says: Feb 25, 2013 5:37 PM

    First of all glad to hear this. One reason I love TB is that he is truly truly about the team first (not ONLY, but FIRST).

    Second of all, it’s actually pretty savvy for TB to do this since the more reasonalbe he keeps his #s the more likely he is actually to see most of the money and the less likely he is to be asked to take a pay cut or get cut as he would in one of those famously bogus backloaded contracts.

    Third of all it was funny to hear Polian sputtering about how we don’t know what this deal really means money wise due to the terms,e tc. It’s ok, Bill. Just go ahead and say you don’t know what this type of deal looks like because you never had PM take less than market value so he could help the team. :D

    Finally, who cares what his wife makes? I don’t know about you all, but when I would go into the boss for a raise, I wouldn’t bring my man’s W-2 to the meeting. I wanted what my own work was worth. Period. Anyone who says otherwise is probably lying.

  76. tonyugoh says: Feb 25, 2013 5:38 PM

    Didn’t the Pats release all the big money vets the last time Brady took a paycut? And how many titles have the Pats won since he did that? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to hate on him, its a honorable thing he did, but don’t take this as meaning the other QBs who make big money are selfish. Brady has earned a lot of money in his career and he knows he’s old and he’s seen guys like Favre and Manning get dumped by their teams. Nobody knows how much the Pats were offering either.

  77. jibzek says: Feb 25, 2013 5:38 PM

    Pretty hilarious to see all the Flacco comments. Flacco is going to get twice as much money and is about 1/4 of the quarterback.

    All he does is throw jump balls his receivers go up and get. As Trent Dilfer proves, you don’t need to be a good quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

    Brady only has 3 rings and owns the best season ever for a Quarterback.

  78. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 25, 2013 5:41 PM

    Well, before we run out and recommend him for sainthood, it’s not like he NEEDS the money…

  79. tonyugoh says: Feb 25, 2013 5:43 PM

    Oh btw, as Albert Breer is reporting, Brady is getting $60 MILLION GUARANTEED! Brady isn’t stupid guys, come on, he saw a deal that allows him to retire as a Patriot and he took it, he’s not Mother Theresa people.

  80. to147 says: Feb 25, 2013 5:45 PM

    As a pats/Brady fan of course I like this and I have no problem with other QB’s going after their money especially Flacco after the way the team has treated him.

    However, serious question – is there a no trade clause or similar (maybe punitive cap acceleration)? I’d hate to see Brady have another good year or two and get traded away because his low cost has increased his trade value. I know that Bill will always do what’s best for the team, but if Brady is willing to do this I hope he’s got some guarantee.

  81. bigbadal21 says: Feb 25, 2013 5:46 PM

    Gimme a break. This is all bullcrap. Brady isn’t going to play those 3 years so all this is is a way to lessen the cap for the next 2 years and Brady gets an extra 3 million for being part of the deception. Brady will retire after 2 more years when his current contract would have expired. There is no way Brady plays in 2015. Brady knows that and Billicheck knows that.

  82. nhstateline says: Feb 25, 2013 5:55 PM

    I’m a huge Pats fan and think the other guys should get a break in this discussion. None of them are married to a woman who makes more than they do who probably has a longer professional shelf life as well. For Mr. Brady, more money in the contract might well not have produced more money in the pocket after taxes and agent fees were accounted for. Plus, he’s made a ton of money. On some level, he’s playing in the ultimate rec football league given all this. For many of these other guys, they actually could get and use the money
    Tom Brady’s a class act because of all the other things he quietly does not necessarily because of this.

  83. huskersrock1 says: Feb 25, 2013 6:06 PM

    Many of you guys got it backwards. Brady gets big endorsement deals because he does this. He knows his reputation as a team player and the fact that his team wins 12+ games a year make him more marketable. This deal will keep Welker in the fold and assure another 3-4 12+ win seasons and keep the endorsements rolling in. M Jordon did the same thing.

  84. bradyisbest says: Feb 25, 2013 6:12 PM

    named my kid brady,and its a girl!

  85. bigalhebdman says: Feb 25, 2013 6:12 PM

    It may be coincidental, but how much you want to bet that Belichek, Welker and Brady retire all at the same time.

  86. thesmartestmanever says: Feb 25, 2013 6:16 PM

    I am not knocking TB he is a great QB I just think he is better suited to the type of system that is ran by the Pats. that system is more of a zone type offense where every route ran affects another route that’s being ran by someone else designed to ensure that someone is almost always open depending on time, space and progression of said play. it’s like a symphony everything relies on something else and it is a beautiful thing. don’t get me wrong. I am not saying he doesn’t have the ability to call individual routes to multiple receivers I’m saying his system doesn’t allow it.

  87. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 25, 2013 6:16 PM

    Hey if Brady didn’t already have enough money what would another 10 or 15 mil have meant ? If he was that greedy than he still wouldn’t have been happy.

    Brady wants to have a strong roster around him. he understands that half the battle in getting to and winning a Super Bowl is having depth on your team.

  88. pongonfl says: Feb 25, 2013 6:27 PM

    What a great way to secure you legacy, always play the same great way, always be an example team player.

  89. azarkhan says: Feb 25, 2013 6:35 PM

    Tom Brady shows us again why he’s better then Peyton Manning. Manning never met a commercial he didn’t love nor has he ever left a dollar on the table when it comes to his contract.

  90. eagles512 says: Feb 25, 2013 6:47 PM

    Brees and Flacco should take note

  91. vegasbearfan says: Feb 25, 2013 7:04 PM

    You don’t know how much Patriots were offering.They see that his accuracy is not what it has been in the past and he has shown signs of choking under pressure. His best days are behind him and we will not see another Patriots superbowl win with him as QB. I for one will be happy to see when these Brady bunch complainers are gone and we hopefully see the refs stop with the bad calls and No calls for this team to give them a major edge. It was the same thing as when the refs handed the conference game to Ravens when their no call screwed the 49ers- usually only see that type of bad refing in Patriots favor. You New England fans quit crowning Brady- crown the O line- they deserve more credit that Brady. Look how they made Cassel looked and now how he did with Chiefs

  92. evanhartford says: Feb 25, 2013 7:10 PM

    Before you go calling Brady the “Man of the Year” or whatever you want to attach to him, this was a business decision. Sitting atop a mountain of cash from his previous contacts and endorsements, this man’s legacy is worth more to him than the extra 30 million he could have demanded elsewhere. He’s being a “team player” because he can afford to be.

    This is the same reason that you CAN’T rip Flacco (or his agent) for demanding top dollar. His piggy bank is only a fraction the size of Brady’s and if he takes a hometown discount and gets injured, we’ll all call him an idiot…

    In other news, most football fans are stupid…

  93. indywilson40 says: Feb 25, 2013 7:13 PM

    Brady has been amongst the top 3 highest paid QB’s for the last seven or eight years. Did he not care about winning then?

  94. denverdude7 says: Feb 25, 2013 7:50 PM

    With most of the posts congratulating Tom Brady for being such a great guy, all around team player and soon to be eligible for sainthood, I would like to remind you that this is the same organization that got caught, fined & penalized for video taping their opponents practices.

    I for one smell a rat. Being a team player and accepting a slightly reduced salary is one thing. Accepting less than half the salary lesser/equal players earn is just plain suspicious.

    Roger… Oh Roger !!!!!!! Time to call out your storm troopers to do a little investigating don’t you think?

  95. canadianpatriotsfan says: Feb 25, 2013 8:10 PM

    Man I feel so spoiled to have had the privilege of watching Tom Brady play all these years. I swear, aside from maybe Peyton Manning, there isn’t a classier athlete in the NFL.

    Makes me proud as a fan of sport to know not everything is not about money and that winning is what matters most.

    C’mon Tommy, lets get that elusive 4th ring and you can finally be considered quite possibly the best QB to ever play the game, right there with Joe Montana (where you belong!!)

  96. backindasaddle says: Feb 25, 2013 8:33 PM

    What a breath of fresh air to see a player so selfless and team oriented. Drew Bree’s demonstrated during his contract negotiation the exact opposite. He was Mr. Greed to the Nth degree.

  97. andthehomeofthejets says: Feb 25, 2013 8:36 PM

    There is nothing more you want from a quaterback then what this guy has to offer. Late late draft pick. All winning seasons, team player, knows how to do it all. He has been to 5 Super Bowls and won 3. Whose better than him. He’s a winner and deserves any money he has gotten or will get. As a jets fan it hurts me to like and respect this guy so Much. Which leaves me to flacco. GOOD-LUCK.

  98. lovefootball4life says: Feb 25, 2013 8:45 PM

    “I swear, aside from maybe Peyton Manning, there isn’t a classier athlete in the NFL.”

    I realize it is a Patriots love fest up in here but really? Sissy does not equal class.

  99. mcoomer146 says: Feb 25, 2013 8:50 PM

    You guys think Brady is all saint but he has already made his money, what is 3mil to this guy? He is gready and he knows the only way to win another SB is to have the guys he’s played with for at least another 3 years. Welker won’t stay without a raise, Gronk and Hernandez will want a raise soon.

  100. bobhk says: Feb 25, 2013 8:55 PM

    If this money is guaranteed.

    If Pats are still paying and playing Brady at 40 it’s because they have not found a young future star. Stars this old are generally shipped out if there is a suitable young replacement (see Montana, Favre, Manning, Rice, etc). It’s a young persons game. Pats fans should hope for it to happen (even if it sounds like sacrilege). It’s good for your team.

  101. oneandonlyramsfaninpa says: Feb 25, 2013 9:01 PM

    i hate tom Brady and the pats but this does make me respect him when I had almost no respect for him. he has made a lot of money but so have other elite backs who still want as much as possible. example is Brett Favre

  102. Phintastic says: Feb 25, 2013 9:32 PM

    Not a Pats fan, but do respect Brady. It’s pretty cool to think he signs an extension that still allows the front office to sign talent around him. However, I have to wonder just how low he would have gone if his wife didn’t make $40 million/year???

  103. pencepost says: Feb 25, 2013 10:07 PM

    Some people want to spend their money on cars, houses, parties, or businesses. Tom Brady, by taking less money, is buying a better chance at reaching the Super Bowl again and buying an upgrade to his legacy.

  104. Marty says: Feb 25, 2013 11:08 PM

    Was this done to put Flacco in his place?

  105. ravensnation21 says: Feb 25, 2013 11:20 PM

    Tom is gonna get alot of money in endorsements so he still will be gettin payed alot

  106. yankeestar says: Feb 25, 2013 11:35 PM

    So I am having my weekly boys night out with my 14 year old son who is a high school QB and loves the Pats and Brady like I do . We are talking about how cool it is to see a non greedy pro athlete.

    “Still” my son says “he will make like 15 million a year right?” That’s right I say and at the end of the day he throws a football like me right. Well not exactly but I get your point son.

    And you are a surgeon and saves lives everyday but Brady makes more? Yup I said, he makes about 45 times as much as I do a year, and it gets worse, his wife makes 100 times more to wear underwear in magazines

    That is just nuts my son says. Seems like it I know son. But we still go to all the games and cheer anyway dad so we must be nuts too!!

    Not nuts son, just Americans …it’s what we do…now go outside and throw will ya, with any luck I can quit this surgery gig and watch you play instead

  107. nodindenver says: Feb 25, 2013 11:54 PM

    I am a Bronco’s fan and did not read any of what you idiots had to say but, Brady is the best there is so I hope the Chowd did what is right!

  108. pg62 says: Feb 26, 2013 12:15 AM

    You people trashing Brady are seriously lacking in intelligence. What NFL star QB who has made tens of millions of $ over the first 5-10 years of his career wouldn’t want to take a little less to help his team acquire more talent around him? Brady’s situation is not in any way similar to Flacco’s so t is unfair to compare them to each other. For all of the legitimate griping about the seriously disgusting greed of today’s athletes, doesn’t Brady deserve at least a little bit of credit for showing that he is willing to take a little less himself so that the team has a better chance of success overall? I don’t begrudge any athlete for getting as much $ for his talents that he can, but I also recognize someone who is willing to put the team’s success at least equal to his own personal financial gain. Bill Polian should be banned from commenting on anything to do with the Pats. That p.o.s. is why pass interference penalties are called the way they are in today’s NFL. Ty Law and the rest of the Pats secondary were “Too Rough” on the Colts receivers back in the day. He and Manning were total wusses and were very lucky to win their one and only SB. Which Manning played very average in by the way.

  109. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 26, 2013 12:29 AM

    “denverdude7 says:
    Feb 25, 2013 7:50 PM
    With most of the posts congratulating Tom Brady for being such a great guy, all around team player and soon to be eligible for sainthood, I would like to remind you that this is the same organization that got caught, fined & penalized for video taping their opponents practices.’

    Nope that was disproven and the Boston Herald which was the source of the story had to publicly apologize to the Pats organization for making up the claim with no substantiation.

    They were penalized for taping defensive signals. The same signals that are in plain view to the entire stadium and that most teams keep track of through other means. It did make it slightly easier to collate the data, but any competent coach changes his signals around and it was not the magical telepathic system that bspn and certain others made it out to be.

  110. henryd3rd says: Feb 26, 2013 8:19 AM

    Brady went for the ring and not the blig. What’s the point in being the highest paid QB and not having the personnel around you to make another run at the title? Flaco are you listening?

  111. dissed215 says: Feb 26, 2013 8:23 AM

    Stop comparing Flacco’s contract situation to Brady’s. Brady’s has already had his “payday”, Joe hasn’t. This is not Brady’s first go around.

  112. rc33 says: Feb 26, 2013 10:11 AM

    “denverdude7 says:
    Feb 25, 2013 7:50 PM
    With most of the posts congratulating Tom Brady for being such a great guy, all around team player and soon to be eligible for sainthood, I would like to remind you that this is the same organization that got caught, fined & penalized for video taping their opponents practices.’
    ———————————–
    Conveniently forgotten by denverdude was the second and third round picks and the $950,000 the Broncos were fined for circumventing the cap in order to pay Terrell Davis and John Elway back in ’99. And unlike N.E., they won the the Super Bowl that year.
    Who you calling a cheater again?
    Your credibility is non-existent.

  113. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 26, 2013 11:10 AM

    He probably makes more every year doing commercials.

  114. swagger52 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:27 PM

    Brady realized he had to give a discount. I thought he was done this year. I guess he figures he can last three more years, dinking and dunking to Wes Welker and Gronkowski. It is worth a lot more to be able to throw it OVER the head of the safety, instead of between the Defensive tackles.

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