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Tom Brady gets $30 million to sign

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So much for less money.

The new contract signed Monday by Pats quarterback Tom Brady pays him $27 million total over the final three years.  But he was paid $30 million as a bonus for applying his name to the dotted line at the bottom of the document.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Brady received a $30 million signing bonus.  He’ll also receive a base salary of $1 million this year and $2 million in 2014.

This device, given the three new contract years, results in a cap number of $13.8 million in 2013 — $8 million less than the cap number under his prior deal.  Of that amount, $6.8 million comes from past contracts.  Another $6 million comes from the initial proration of the new signing bonus.

Next year, the cap number increases to $14.8 million.

The cap numbers for 2015, 2016, and 2017 will be $13 million, $14 million, and $15 million, respectively.  In each year, $6 million is attributed to the $30 million signing bonus.

Over the next two years, Brady will make $33 million.  Which is $3 million more than the $30 million he was due to earn under the prior deal.

And he gets $30 million of it now.

Less money, indeed.

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  1. therealraider says: Feb 26, 2013 1:14 PM

    I hate saying it.. but Tom Brady is the man.

  2. clownsfan says: Feb 26, 2013 1:14 PM

    Worth every penny.

  3. asox says: Feb 26, 2013 1:14 PM

    Right, but all that did was accellerate the money already owed to him for the 2013 and 2014 seasons (which was below market already) and add another $3 million on top. The real discount would come in the 2015 – 2017 seasons.

  4. indywilson40 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:15 PM

    What a guy.

  5. tundey says: Feb 26, 2013 1:16 PM

    Good thing John Mara is not in the same division as the Patriots. Because doing something even more in line with the rule cost the Redskins $36M because it didn’t seat well with John Mara.

  6. audge86 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:16 PM

    It’s overall less money and structured in a very team friendly way.

    But some people are determined to make a generous gesture look ugly no matter what.

  7. gronkspike802 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:16 PM

    Uh it’s still less money. Sure he will make more money in the next 2 years than he would before, but his cap numbers of $13 mil, $14 mil, and $15 mil after that are still well below market value.

  8. captainwisdom88 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:16 PM

    well thats a headache

  9. glynners says: Feb 26, 2013 1:17 PM

    But hes only done it for the team…..

  10. rgwheeee says: Feb 26, 2013 1:17 PM

    Of course, turns out “willing to take one for the team” is as inaccurate as “clutch player” in describing the Tom Brady of the last five years.

  11. pgh15212 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:18 PM

    From a salary cap standpoint he did take less money. Isn’t that all that really matters?

  12. doomsdaydefensetx says: Feb 26, 2013 1:18 PM

    As a victim of a delusion tyrant GM I’ve always envied the NE front office. Thanks Jerrah, don’t worry. You’ll get ALL the credit.

  13. patsfreak420 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:18 PM

    It is still basically the same as the previously reported 3 million bonus plus salary. They just turned his 2013/2014 salary into mostly bonus to be able to spread across the contract for Cap reasons. So yes it is LESS MONEY

  14. woodg8 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:18 PM

    but he’s so selfless!

  15. jibzek says: Feb 26, 2013 1:19 PM

    Tom Brady gets paid and it helps the team. Win-Win.

    Meanwhile, Flacco and Manning demand $20 mill plus of cap hogging $ per year.

  16. dgreenfi says: Feb 26, 2013 1:19 PM

    That’s a relief, I was worried Tom wasn’t going to be able to feed his children.

  17. jmc000 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:19 PM

    florio’s patriot hate has shined through brightly through this whole brady’s new contract news

  18. baddegg says: Feb 26, 2013 1:20 PM

    lol now at all the comments about how Brady was just taking less because he was so classy, wanted to help the team, etc.

    Now those same people will write in that there is nothing wrong with making a lot of money cuz he’s earned it!

    Personally, I think it’s ok that he’s cashing in…he HAS earned it. I am just sitting here waiting for the about face on the rationalisations…

  19. thrillomania says: Feb 26, 2013 1:20 PM

    sooo this year he makes 31 million, next year he makes 2 million, so in 2014 it is EXTREMELY less money than he woudl have made prior to this deal, in REAL money. See what I did there mike. I worked the numbers to fit my my argument too. In 2014 Tom Brady will be the biggest bargain in the NFL! in 2015 he he will make 7 million. 2016 8 million & 2017 9 million. so for the final 3 years, the NEW years. he’s going to average 7 million a year. what do you think he would make in free agency? Less or more?

    There’s a difference between REAL money and CAP money in the NFL. see he took more REAL money up front, to make less REAL money later one, meanwhile his CAP money has been reduced for these 2 years, and has been made more manageable the additional 3 years he just signed on for by creading that 30 million out. This is called a WIN WIN. he gets his REAL money up front AND allows his team more CAP money to spend this year and next.

  20. haywoodyablome says: Feb 26, 2013 1:20 PM

    Still not the bread winner in his own household.

  21. abp3377 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:21 PM

    it’s a good business move. stop hating on the pats.

  22. peezwizz says: Feb 26, 2013 1:22 PM

    I have no clue how these contracts work, but it sounds like a win-win for both sides.

    Pat’s are teasing us with the opportunity for a busy offseason, let’s hope they produce.

  23. pnut87 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:22 PM

    I hate math…

  24. johnlink00 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:23 PM

    Florio, I don’t know why you are so offended by this.

    He makes $3 million more over the next three years than he would have.
    He makes $27 million over the last three years. Think of this like a contract which pays him five years and $70 million until he is 40 years old.

    Manning last year signed for 5 years and $96 million.

    Brady could have had the Pats over a barrel because his cap hit was huge these next two years. He chose to take less than he would have if he hit the open market in two years.

    Is it a huge deal? No. Did he help the team a lot? Without question.

    Let it go.

  25. matthoover4 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:23 PM

    Great deal for both parties.

  26. 13forgbp says: Feb 26, 2013 1:23 PM

    “Less money, indeed.”

    Please. Don’t act like you were not pushing the side deal angle on this story when the deal was thought to be 3/$27 mil. Fine, now it comes out it is not but don’t act like you knew it all along, you clown.

  27. ravensallday2012 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:24 PM

    Lol and all the pats fans says he wasn’t about the money. Losers

  28. rpiotr01 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:25 PM

    The whole point was cap relief, and to that end it’s a success. There was never a need to paint Brady as a hero for falling on the salary sword for one more title.

  29. justintuckrule says: Feb 26, 2013 1:26 PM

    The argument that “he didn’t need the money” because Giselle is a cash cow was always ridiculous. The next man that I meet who is content with making less than his wife when presented with an opportunity to make the same will be the first.

  30. Jose Reyes says: Feb 26, 2013 1:26 PM

    What are you talking about Florio?

    It’s simple. The guy could be $25-$30M per year with any other team. Instead, he chose a number closer to $14M per year.

  31. theredpill2012 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:29 PM

    I don’t understand Mikes “less money indeed” indignation? Yeah, Brady gets a couple million more than he was going to get over the next couple of years anyway and the Patriots get him for an additional 3 years at a great number.

    Brady is taking less than he could have so what is your problem Mike? It is a great deal for NE.

  32. fanfrommontreal says: Feb 26, 2013 1:30 PM

    In the end, Brady will end up making less money than several NFL QB’s, way less than market price. That way his team has more money to spend on the rest of the roster. Why is this so hard to admit, Mr Florio?

  33. patriotenvy says: Feb 26, 2013 1:32 PM

    Do they already have a design plan for the statue of Tom Brady in front of Gillette stadium? They should just go ahead and put it up now.

  34. volcom2143 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:32 PM

    I lived in Boston for two years . I am no way a pats fan but the dude is worth every penny and he’s just a winner . I know in the NFL it’s what have you done for me lately and the Lombardi has slipped through his fingers a few times since winning 3 times but every year he’s got his team in position to win the division and make a late playoff run . Nothing but respect for the man .

  35. bjoe23 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:34 PM

    I hate how anti-Patriot this is, I can’t even read it most the time its ridiculous. its still a lot less money than he could make and people are always just bitter and pick apart every little thing the pats do because they’ve been the model franchise for over 10 years, not your loser team

  36. iamedreed says: Feb 26, 2013 1:36 PM

    i guess getting outplayed by joe flacco at home in the playoffs 2 years in a row (and 3 out of 4) makes you start to wonder if youre really good enough to be “the guy” all by yourself

    Tommy B sees the writing on the wall, his play is declining and he needs to do everything he can to get more talent around him so he can get another ring

  37. billinva says: Feb 26, 2013 1:37 PM

    Florio, wheres the demand they close the “Brady Loophole” garbage.

  38. steelerfansareretards says: Feb 26, 2013 1:37 PM

    @Every Pats fan justifying the contract.

    *Sigh* It’s not less money you dolts. Just because his yearly salary is below Brees, Stafford, Manning etc., doesn’t mean his cap figures don’t have the same impact. Meaning, just because his yearly figure is low, doesn’t mean he isn’t costing the NE franchise as much money as everyone else.

    If I sign a $100 million dollar signing bonus and have a $1/yr yearly salary, does that mean I make considerably less money than Brees? Nooooooo it doesn’t. Because of cap amortization rules, signing money in the form of a guaranteed bonus helps with cap space but it doesn’t mean that the signing bonus doesn’t count against the cap at all. Capwise it may appear he makes less than Brees but that has more to do with contract structure than anything.

    He’s still one of the highest paid QB’s in the league and rightfully so. But stop trying to kid yourself that he’s some hero that takes pay cuts because he loves winning so much. He’s being paid like a top 3 QB that he is.

    If I were Pats fans, I would be more worried about his pedestrian post season numbers than his cap space.

  39. granadafan says: Feb 26, 2013 1:38 PM

    Duh-rell Mevis wants will sign for $500,000 per year…. with an 80 million dollar bonus.

  40. mullman76 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:40 PM

    I love how pats fans can spin their opinion 180* in a matter of hours.

  41. all4patriots says: Feb 26, 2013 1:41 PM

    A QB previously paid 20 million a year agreed to have 3 more years and 27 million total dollars onto his contract.

    Over the 5 years remainign under contract it is still less money in total per year so it IS less money indeed. A lot is paid earlier, as you’d expect.

    It’s also not guaranteed except for injury, so I don’t see what the problem it.

  42. lennydpocketqb says: Feb 26, 2013 1:42 PM

    Chances of replacing a Tom Brady level quarterback will be slim to none. Nw England should be working on a way to keep him going until he is 50. That or clone him.

  43. rhamrhoddy says: Feb 26, 2013 1:43 PM

    He helped free up some badly needed cap space by signing a creative deal that takes care of him as well.

    He’s not the one going around saying how he took one for the team, he just signed a contract that was well-earned.

    What a horrible, horrible guy.

  44. geniusesq says: Feb 26, 2013 1:44 PM

    Wake up to a model wife. Go give an autograph. Toss a football around a bit. Call bank to make sure $30M wire came through.

    That’s an okay life I guess.

  45. flaccodelic says: Feb 26, 2013 1:44 PM

    jibzek says:
    Feb 26, 2013 1:19 PM
    Tom Brady gets paid and it helps the team. Win-Win.

    Meanwhile, Flacco and Manning demand $20 mill plus of cap hogging $ per year.

    —–

    Flacco’s agent has REPEATEDLY said he will work with the team to make his deal cap friendly. Please tell me where you have seen that he is demanding $20M+ of cap space per year. Sounds like maybe you’re a little bitter about Flacco outplaying your boy Tom the past two postseasons.

  46. shlort says: Feb 26, 2013 1:44 PM

    I’d never sign a deal with a measly 30 Million up front.

  47. ftblfan9 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:45 PM

    Brady is taking less than market. It’s years 1 and 2 at current salary plus $3 million, then 3 more years for $27 million. Accelerating years 1 and 2 in the form of a bonus for cap purposes is not of huge incremental value to Brady given the interest rate environment versus just earning it over the two years as previously planned.

  48. brutus9448 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:45 PM

    And they’re thinking of giving flacco 40million the next 2 years? Brady only makes 33 m? I’d take brady over flacco any day and twice on sunday

  49. infectorman says: Feb 26, 2013 1:45 PM

    ravenalldaysays says: Feb 26, 2013 1:24 PM

    Lol and all the pats fans says he wasn’t about the money. Losers

    ++++++++++++++

    It’s a good thing you don’t represent the good folks of Baltimore, devolving into name-calling at every turn in the road.
    Maybe you want to go home and sit in a corner for a while and think about your life?
    You can’t be more than 25 years of age, because you haven’t grown up yet

  50. robertocfg says: Feb 26, 2013 1:46 PM

    So what if he made $30 million for putting some ink on a piece of paper? Still, he’s making less money that he would make in the open market and is helping with the salary cap.

    Neither he nor the Patriots are fools. He’s making great money, and the Pats got a team-friendly deal. It’s a smart deal. What’s the problem with that?

  51. rolltide510 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:47 PM

    So is it possible to pay Brady the veteran minimum and have all his compensation be bonus that doesn’t count towards the cap? Could teams do this with every player they know they won’t be randomly cutting two years into a five year deal?

  52. patfanken says: Feb 26, 2013 1:48 PM

    Once again here’s Florio in all his Steeler fan Pats envy trying once again to portray something gracious and smart as sleazy. Its so transparent that you can actually picture him writing this post wearing black and gold.

    Here’s the bottom line – The Pats are now 25MM under the cap and could probably add another $8amm by tweaking the Mankin’s and Wilfolk deals. They have a young and vibrant roster that was close last year and will likely be in the final 4 next year as well. They will be able to count on good QB play for the next 5 years and not have to worry about the position eating up too large a percentage of their cap.

    I know that’s hard for you and your ilk to deal with this small reality, Mike, but the facts are the facts. I don’t know how the Pats will spend that money, but there will be about 28 teams who will be jealous, and the other 3 will know that they’ll have their hands full when it comes time to play them.

    So spin away, Mike, whether they pay him next week or 5 years from now, the money is the same and the Pats are getting a bargain. There is no way to spin this to make your Binkies (Brees and Manning) look good.

  53. gdbroker says: Feb 26, 2013 1:48 PM

    Now that we see how the money is moved around, are the total $’s any different than what we knew about yesterday where he signed for 3 additional years for 27M and a 3M signing bonus?

    It is still true that he signed for those years for less money than he would get on the open market. The “30M” sigining bonus is just basically guarenteeing what he already was owed for the coming two seasons so the Pats can pro-rate it out over the length of the contract.

    The issue seems to be people who looked at “3 years and 27 million” and didn’t take into account the two years still remaining on the contract. You’re better than that Mike.

  54. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Feb 26, 2013 1:50 PM

    And he and BB still won’t win a Super Bowl without cheating. Some legacy huh?

  55. jagsfan1 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:51 PM

    So I guess all those obnoxious Pats fans who went with the whole “He’s taking less money to help the team win…he’s playing for less than market value because he only cares about winning” were WRONG again huh?
    Just as wrong as when you thought you would beat the Ravens this year….and just as wrong as when you thought you would beat the Giants in your recent last 2 Super Bowl LOSSES.

  56. str8up12 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:53 PM

    Seems like a moot point. We all know he was collecting every cent of that 27 million over the next two years. Doesn’t change the fact that the final three years are below market IF he continues to play at a high level. As well as lowering his cap number significantly.

  57. romeisburningtfb says: Feb 26, 2013 1:53 PM

    How is this not less money? You were dead set on saying he isn’t actually taking less no matter what the contract said.

    Do the math, over the next 2 years, 33M is 16.5M/year.

    Stafford: 40.14M
    Eli: 40.25M
    Peyton: 40M

    So yes, he did take less money and the cap is much lower than Drew Brees’ 26M hit.

  58. armadalolz says: Feb 26, 2013 1:54 PM

    1.) Tom Brady’s wife makes way more money than he ever will. He doesn’t have to worry about long term financial security, ever.
    2.) Tom Brady isn’t signing his “career” contract, those days have come and gone. Flacco would be stupid not to get every penny he can, seeing as how this will be the biggest contract of his career.

  59. patssox says: Feb 26, 2013 1:54 PM

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

    Go Pats!

  60. moxiejkk says: Feb 26, 2013 1:56 PM

    From Mike Reiss:

    “In examining the life of the contract, it’s a five-year deal with a maximum value of $57 million, $33 million of which is guaranteed no matter what, with the $24 million leftover likely to be seen should Brady continue to perform at his expected level.”

    5 years, $57 million.

  61. thoughtsofstray says: Feb 26, 2013 1:56 PM

    Those that understand the cap could easily ignore the misconceptions about the contract as it was announced and easily understand that Brady was still going to be paid every penny and then some.

    Some will read the headlines and spew the fluff of a home town discount, and this and that, and they will at the end of the day be dead wrong. Again.

  62. lovefootball4life says: Feb 26, 2013 1:57 PM

    All the people that said “Yeah! Brady took one for the team!” now realize he did no such thing. People who said he is full of class for taking one for the team still can’t point to any evidence of why he is so classy. I can’t wait until this guy is out of the NFL.

  63. clarencewhorley says: Feb 26, 2013 1:57 PM

    Time to sign Welker, Volmer and Ed Reed

  64. smoothrobinva says: Feb 26, 2013 1:59 PM

    All he did was lower his cap number so he would be kept around in his later years cause as we know when you get older and less productive if your making to much money they will get rid of you. See all the high priced veterans that are cut every year and if they can still play they end up playing elsewhere for less money

  65. dadawg77 says: Feb 26, 2013 2:00 PM

    Player wants cash in hand and really doesn’t care about the cap number. Thus he gets 33 in cash and let’s team structure the deal in a way that benefits them. Now come those last three years, they will work out a new deal or Brady will retire. And would bet that the 30 million protected from that.

  66. kevinandes says: Feb 26, 2013 2:01 PM

    Very tricky…

    Does John Mara know about this?

  67. novusanimus says: Feb 26, 2013 2:03 PM

    gronkspike802 says:
    Feb 26, 2013 1:16 PM
    Uh it’s still less money. Sure he will make more money in the next 2 years than he would before, but his cap numbers of $13 mil, $14 mil, and $15 mil after that are still well below market value.
    ___________________________________
    There is no such thing as “market value” when it comes to a players cap #. He is getting paid more and structuring it in a way that is cap friendly. Simple as that. He’s not a bad guy and he’s not a great guy for doing it. He’s a guy restructuring his contract.

  68. terripet says: Feb 26, 2013 2:06 PM

    Brady is done the Pats r done

  69. flash1283 says: Feb 26, 2013 2:06 PM

    Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says:
    Feb 26, 2013 1:50 PM
    And he and BB still won’t win a Super Bowl without cheating. Some legacy huh?
    ——
    And till the end you will show your jealousy by running to every thread that has anything to do with the Patriots.

    If you didn’t care you wouldn’t comment.

  70. pltn2089 says: Feb 26, 2013 2:06 PM

    The writer left out the fact this bonus is spread out over 3 years. The last payment of the bonus is in 2015, and yes it is all guarenteed.

  71. flash1283 says: Feb 26, 2013 2:07 PM

    steelerfansareretards says: Feb 26, 2013 1:37 PM

    @Every Pats fan justifying the contract.

    *Sigh* It’s not less money you dolts. Just because his yearly salary is below Brees, Stafford, Manning etc., doesn’t mean his cap figures don’t have the same impact. Meaning, just because his yearly figure is low, doesn’t mean he isn’t costing the NE franchise as much money as everyone else.

    If I sign a $100 million dollar signing bonus and have a $1/yr yearly salary, does that mean I make considerably less money than Brees? Nooooooo it doesn’t. Because of cap amortization rules, signing money in the form of a guaranteed bonus helps with cap space but it doesn’t mean that the signing bonus doesn’t count against the cap at all. Capwise it may appear he makes less than Brees but that has more to do with contract structure than anything.

    He’s still one of the highest paid QB’s in the league and rightfully so. But stop trying to kid yourself that he’s some hero that takes pay cuts because he loves winning so much. He’s being paid like a top 3 QB that he is.

    If I were Pats fans, I would be more worried about his pedestrian post season numbers than his cap space.

    —-

    And if I were a Steelers fan I would just be worried about my team even making the post season

  72. thoughtsofstray says: Feb 26, 2013 2:08 PM

    The funniest and most ironic part of all this is watching the Pats fans attempt to spin Florio as Pro-Manning, when that is 180degrees from being accurate.

    That is good for a chuckle.

  73. terripet says: Feb 26, 2013 2:08 PM

    Brady wii be traded or cut in two years

  74. sschmiggles says: Feb 26, 2013 2:08 PM

    Give it a rest, Florio. If you do the math, it IS less money. Not to mention that Brady could walk into free agency and easily be offered a Manningesque contract from some bottom-dwelling team.

    Gotta stir the pot though, right?

  75. taibbi says: Feb 26, 2013 2:10 PM

    Mike Florio again proves that he doesn’t understand the salary cap, contracts, anything about how this business works.

    Did Brady give up money in the next two years? No. But he didn’t get $30 million new dollars; he got $3 million in new money. Moreover, he signed his name to a contract that obligates him to the Pats for three additional years at absurdly low rates.

    Will he ever play at those rates? Probably not. Probably he’ll get a new deal in two years if he’s still playing well. But he took a big leap of faith in signing the deal now. It’s not a small thing to sign away all your future leverage.

    It doesn’t make him a hero, but it doesn’t make him greedy, either. Presenting this as Brady lustily taking $30 million, when in fact he could have held the team hostage for a lot more, is absurd.

  76. thrillomania says: Feb 26, 2013 2:11 PM

    Waiting for the report that Eli “Elite” Manning restructures so the giants can use that money to resign Nicks and Cruz……………still waiting……….. maybe Flacco will take less money so the Ravens can keep Boldin right? ……… waiting….. waiting for the time either manning insists that his wide receivers and offensive line be part of a commercial a company wants him to do so he can help pay them back for helping him be successful…..waiting….waiting…waiting…. Sorry all you haters hate because your favorite Qb isn’t Tom Brady and isn’t as invested as winning on the field and with his teammates like he is.

  77. robertocfg says: Feb 26, 2013 2:15 PM

    rolltide510 says:
    Feb 26, 2013 1:47 PM
    So is it possible to pay Brady the veteran minimum and have all his compensation be bonus that doesn’t count towards the cap? Could teams do this with every player they know they won’t be randomly cutting two years into a five year deal?

    It’s not that signing bonuses don’t count towards the cap. It’s just that you can prorate it during the duration of the deal. So, when you give a player a 30 million signing bonus (money you pay the player just to sign the contract), if the deal is for 5 years, the impact of the bonus on the salary cap will be $6 million each year.

    That’s what a lot of teams do when they restructure deals that are beyond the portion of the contract that is guaranteed if they intend to keep the player for more years. They extend the deal, and convert the remaining salary into a bonus that will not impact the salary cap immediately for the total amount of the salary for that year, but rather will be prorated during the duration of said deal.

  78. Louis Tumblin says: Feb 26, 2013 2:19 PM

    Nice payday for putting your name on the dotted line. That’s why they call them accountants. They can make the numbers look good.

  79. ampats says: Feb 26, 2013 2:21 PM

    Lots of Pats Envy on this post. No matter how you want to spin it,Brady redid his contract to a team friendly cap number. Brady wants to win and it is well known he hates losing at anything.
    Next we will be seeing his BF Welker sign.

    Ravens fans, really? Last time I checked the Patriots had 52 other players on their roster and Brady didn’t play D on those drives in the 2nd half. The Patriots lost the game,not Tom Brady alone. Act like you have won before instead of all these comments. Petty comments do not become a Super Bowl Champion.

  80. vaphinfan says: Feb 26, 2013 2:23 PM

    Wow…..guess I can sign a guy for 1 dollar with a 15 millon signing bonus and thats ok.

  81. flash1283 says: Feb 26, 2013 2:24 PM

    lovefootball4life says: Feb 26, 2013 1:57 PM

    All the people that said “Yeah! Brady took one for the team!” now realize he did no such thing. People who said he is full of class for taking one for the team still can’t point to any evidence of why he is so classy. I can’t wait until this guy is out of the NFL.

    That’s pretty pathetic if you need some athlete to retire to make you feel better.

    Jealousy is an awful thing.

  82. randyschwimmer7 says: Feb 26, 2013 2:29 PM

    If all you Patriot lovers don’t like what Mike Florio writes, THEN DON’T COME TO READ PROFOOTBALLTALK.COM ANYMORE. It’s his site, so if you don’t like it, stop reading. It’s like talking to a bunch of spoiled preschoolers.

  83. novusanimus says: Feb 26, 2013 2:33 PM

    Pats fans transition very quickly from “He took less money!” to “He is worth every penny.” If switching your story could be measured in a 40-yard dash you guys would run a 4.19!!!

  84. mpnieland says: Feb 26, 2013 2:39 PM

    This is really smart for both sides. Tom gets all his money up front, plus 3 million more, and doesn’t have to worry about not making that money if he’s hurt or ineffective.

    The Pats, in turn, get the cap space now when they need it, and are taking a gamble that Tom will be their QB for the next 3 years.

    I’d say that works for both sides.

  85. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 26, 2013 2:41 PM

    Smart, cap-friendly move. It makes sense.

  86. floridaslonechargersfan says: Feb 26, 2013 2:43 PM

    Lets face it, most folks on here are pissed to learn Tom Brady will still be playing through the 2017 season and probably dominating their team (hey, I’m used to it. Read my name)

  87. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 26, 2013 2:53 PM

    Tommy doesn’t take less money, he takes more money.

  88. thesmartestmanever says: Feb 26, 2013 2:53 PM

    I’m no mathematician but 27 mil plus 30 mil sounds like up to 57 mil for 5 seasons. I don’t see a pay cut as long as he averages over 10 mil per season

  89. mackcarrington says: Feb 26, 2013 2:54 PM

    NOW we finally get the whole story! Why didn’t this “source” report these details in the first place?

  90. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:07 PM

    floridaslonechargersfan says: Feb 26, 2013 2:43 PM

    Lets face it, most folks on here are pissed to learn Tom Brady will still be playing through the 2017 season and probably dominating their team (hey, I’m used to it. Read my name)
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    I am personally happy. My Giants own them.

  91. borg30 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:14 PM

    tundey says:Feb 26, 2013 1:16 PM

    Good thing John Mara is not in the same division as the Patriots. Because doing something even more in line with the rule cost the Redskins $36M because it didn’t seat well with John Mara.

    you and cowgirls got caught trying to cheat with the cap, stop crying about John Mara and his Super Bowl rings..

  92. kerbyjr1 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:18 PM

    All I can say is damn cut the check

  93. killitandeatit says: Feb 26, 2013 3:33 PM

    O.K . ,my problem with a less than parity deal. If Tom Brady is a billionaire ,as reported with wife’s income, he could sign for a dollar a year deal. There seems to be a loop hole in all the parity and salary cap rules that are intended to level the playing field for all teams. I can see this going to court and being challenged by the League and owners. In conclusion : Brady should be paid top qb. pay or there is a clear problem that must be addressed . Seems like a clear cut case to me.

  94. mjdkid100 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:48 PM

    Its amazing how poor peoples reading comprehension skills are in comment sections…

  95. rhamrhoddy says: Feb 26, 2013 3:52 PM

    Pats fans transition very quickly from “He took less money!” to “He is worth every penny.” If switching your story could be measured in a 40-yard dash you guys would run a 4.19!!!

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    How do you blame people for reacting to news differently as it develops? Who’s to say how accurate Florio is with this anyway?

    At this point it appears as though it was handled right and everybody wins (except for the fans who hate the Pats). To be honest, if I wasn’t a Pats fan, I’d probably hate them by now as well.

  96. tonyugoh says: Feb 26, 2013 4:02 PM

    Why bringing in Manning’s name as if he’s selfish for getting his money? I’m sure if Denver offered him a similar deal, he would do it too because he restructured his deals in Indy plenty of times so they could re-sign his teammates. Problem is, even as great as he played last season, they would be stupid to guarantee him that much money until he is 41 especially when he’s going to be 37 in a month and has had 4 neck surgeries. And the fact of the matter is, if Denver did offer Manning the same kind of deal, it would be reckless spending on their part.

  97. rockislander says: Feb 26, 2013 4:11 PM

    As so many have pointed out, because of the discounts in years 3-5 of this deal, it certainly is less over a 5 year period than he could have gotten on the open market. Why Mr. Florio is ignoring Cap 101 math, I don’t know why. Compare Brady’s contract on an ANNUAL basis for real money (including bonus) and cap charge versus Brees, Peyton, and soon Flacco. And then tell me Brady isn’t taking a discount.

  98. rc33 says: Feb 26, 2013 4:13 PM

    thesmartestmanever says: Feb 26, 2013 2:53 PM

    I’m no mathematician but 27 mil plus 30 mil sounds like up to 57 mil for 5 seasons. I don’t see a pay cut as long as he averages over 10 mil per season
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    So Brees at 5/$100M and Peyton at 5/$94M is, for all intents and purposes, not really much different than Brady at 5/$57M?
    Being similar QB’s, Brady’s most assuredly underpaid.
    It averages out to $2.6M under the current franchise tag.
    Might wanna let someone else do your taxes this year.

  99. crush22 says: Feb 26, 2013 4:17 PM

    Look at the Patsie Boys spin!!
    Yee-Haw!!

  100. mrtampa says: Feb 26, 2013 4:23 PM

    Like him/them or not nothing gets people responding to these posts like Brady/Pats…..hmmm wonder why that is?

  101. vcupats says: Feb 26, 2013 4:29 PM

    Tom Brady put himself in a favorable position to be the only QB in NFL history to spend 18 seasons with one team. That could be the most amazing accomplishment of his career.

  102. mullman76 says: Feb 26, 2013 4:56 PM

    When teams are great fans of the opposing teams start to hate them.

    The steelers and Raiders still suffer from this dating back to the 70’s.

    Get used to it pats fans and stop whining. When tommy and bb are gone and the patriots fall back to earth and fans STILL hate the patriots, that’s the true test.

    My bet is that most of the pats fans will jump ship. That’s just my impression of the fanbase- soft, entitled and holier-than-thou.

  103. rc33 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:09 PM

    You’re absolutely right RE: the hate, mullman.
    But worth noting; the Pats have sold out every game in Foxboro since 1994, seven years before Brady arrived. It’s not Dallas or Pittsburgh but it is a good football fan base (many Rhode Islanders).
    And moreso than most cities, it is an area with plenty of sports-related options each fighting for your dollar.

  104. bigwii says: Feb 26, 2013 6:50 PM

    I love how all these people look or try to make up anything they can to hate on the Patriots on here its hilarious. Any article remotely related to them in any way they swarm to it like ants to crumbs. It’s so funny reading all these dumb hating comments about the Pats and their players keep it up guys while everyone else will just keep laughing at you, it’s sad really people have nothing else to do.

  105. garryjercia says: Feb 26, 2013 7:05 PM

    And this still isn’t going to effect Flacco’s deal? Ok.

  106. brentsingleton1978 says: Feb 26, 2013 8:18 PM

    What if he retires in two years is it still less money?

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