Over the years, Tom Brady has taken less money than he could have made, in order to keep trusted parts around him.
And he didn’t say much about it in the past, as he was left with a bunch of receivers who remember watching him as kids.
But this time might be different.
Trading Mankins to the Buccaneers was a completely mercenary move, after asking the Pro Bowl guard to take a pay cut before shipping him out.
And that’s all within the realm of doing business, until it infringes on the trust Brady has put in the team by working his numbers around those of others.
As we mentioned earlier this week, if this is the real Patriot Way, then it’s inevitable that one day Brady will be in this situation.
After watching all the receivers he knew leave town, and now one of his most trusted blockers, Brady is well within his rights to wonder how the team is better now than it was before the trade for a fourth-round pick and a spare tight end.