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Details of new Tom Brady deal could be fascinating

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The last time quarterback Tom Brady executed a new contract with the Patriots, he instantly became St. Thomas of San Mateo by virtue of his decision to give the team a huge bargain. Sure, that bargain came with a $30 million signing bonus, but it was nevertheless far less of a deal than he otherwise could have sought.

So with another extension putting Brady in New England beyond his 42nd birthday, the devil will be in the details of St. Thomas’s new deal.

Surely, the back end won’t be bloated with big money. It’s been believed that Brady wants his cap numbers to be very manageable as his age becomes unwieldy, in order to ensure that coach Bill Belichick will never feel compelled to cut Brady in a cap move. With former second-round backup Jimmy Garropolo two seasons into a four-year rookie deal, Brady’s extension suggests that he’ll survive yet another ultimately wasted pick, who’ll possibly be eventually traded to another team at a loss.

Of course, that all depends on the numbers of the new Brady deal. How much of the contract through 2019 is fully guaranteed? What will the cap hit be if Brady is cut in 2017? Will the Pats persuade Garropolo to remain in place until Brady finally retires, ensuring a possible Joe Montana/Steve Young passing of the torch?

That’s why the details are so important. And with agent Don Yee (who presumably leaked the news of the extension to ESPN because the Patriots never say anything to anyone) not leaking the numbers, it’s safe to say the numbers likely won’t become the centerpiece of Yee’s future recruitment efforts.

The numbers also will be interesting as it relates to the possible 2016 suspension of Tom Brady for #Deflategate. Ultimately, he’ll lose four game checks if he’s suspended; the smaller the base salary in 2016, the less money he’ll lose.

Last year, he would have lost 4/17ths of $8 million (i.e., $1.88 million). Under Brady’s pre-extension salary of $9 million for 2016, it would have been $2.11 million. If the new contract drops Brady’s base salary to $985,000, the veteran minimum for a player with his experience, Brady would lose only $231,000 through a suspension.

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45 Responses to “Details of new Tom Brady deal could be fascinating”
  1. dmartin17 says: Feb 29, 2016 11:23 AM

    Suspension? That ship has sailed.

  2. jojovie131 says: Feb 29, 2016 11:24 AM

    You know I watched every single patriots games. In those games, especially when injuries to Lewis and Edelman happened. Brady three the ball 55 yards plus, one traveled over 65 yards. The receivers he has, lafell in particular, never makes plays in the ball. Ergo the ball falls powerlessly one yard in front of receiver.
    Please get somebody who doesn’t haphazardly teach the deep ball?
    Thank you!
    Go pats!!

  3. willycents says: Feb 29, 2016 11:27 AM

    Just curious, IF, and that is a big IF, Brady is suspended, is contact from his $200 MM contracted company to provide water to the Pats also suspended since he could have no contact with the team?

  4. spoilerfutbol says: Feb 29, 2016 11:29 AM

    Yeah, picking a decent backup QB in the 2nd round its a wasted pick, ask the Cowboys and their great season with Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel.

  5. sb44champs says: Feb 29, 2016 11:30 AM

    Such a stand up guy Brady is… Helps that his wife supplements his income quite well or its fairly safe to assume he wouldn’t be giving discounts

  6. GoodellMustGo says: Feb 29, 2016 11:31 AM

    jojovie131 says:
    Feb 29, 2016 11:24 AM

    You know I watched every single patriots games. In those games, especially when injuries to Lewis and Edelman happened. Brady three the ball 55 yards plus, one traveled over 65 yards. The receivers he has, lafell in particular, never makes plays in the ball. Ergo the ball falls powerlessly one yard in front of receiver.


    I will always believe that Randy Moss would have caught that 70 yard rocket from Brady in the dying moments of Super Bowl 42 and maybe for a TD if he actually made an effort to do so.😦

  7. mongo3401 says: Feb 29, 2016 11:33 AM

    St Thomas LOL Good one. Like him or not, at least Brady has always done what is needed to help the team out. Would be a kick in the pants if he was really still playing at 42 you just know that would piss a lot of people off. You know what ? Good for them. We all have a opinion on what’s going to happen once Brady packs it in. Until then ? Who knows.

  8. ( . Y . ) says: Feb 29, 2016 11:33 AM

    Interesting point about his suspension. My first thought was that he was going to get paid very little salary this season, as a way to give the finger to Goodell and the NFL Offices.

    My second thought was that this may make Jimmy G expendable. And it would be the ultimate Belichick move to work out a trade with, lets say Bill O’Brien and the Texans. The deal being, Houston selects a player for the Pats in rd 1, and in a few weeks they trade said player to New England for Jimmy G and some other pieces. Giving a second finger to Goodell and the League offices

  9. mongo3401 says: Feb 29, 2016 11:34 AM

    We all can knock NE all we want but know what ? Most of their players are ” team ” players and the owner actually is loyal to his players and fans. Pretty cool in this day and age.

  10. pats777 says: Feb 29, 2016 11:35 AM

    Just how is Jimmy G a wasted pick?? Did you not see just about every starting QB go down at some point last season to injury? Those teams with decent clipboard holders survived, those with pretenders got buried. The Pats have been extremely lucky over the last decade and a half (sans 2008… and the 2001 Mo Lewis hit) but a good team has a plan B in place, duh.

  11. terripet says: Feb 29, 2016 11:37 AM

    What a joke gave a contract to a player who can’t throw 10 yards

  12. oiler1980 says: Feb 29, 2016 11:37 AM

    Lol.. Brady will be on the books for 1 dollar this year. They’ll work the real money into a signing bonus or something.

    If the NFL wins an appeal he’ll have to forfeit 4 game checks.

    A whopping 25 cents.

    That would be hilarious.

    Hey, I know it’s not gonna happen but a person can dream can’t they…

    Go Pats!!!

  13. abninf says: Feb 29, 2016 11:45 AM

    dmartin17 says:

    Suspension? That ship has sailed.
    ==============================

    The Deflator agrees. I hope The Deflator found another job after he was fired for…. well nothing I guess.

  14. mattwalshvideo says: Feb 29, 2016 11:46 AM

    The rest of the money gets put into the “TB12 Steroid Center”. Kraft and Shady have had that arrangement for years now.

    Cheaters always be cheating.

  15. tedmurph says: Feb 29, 2016 11:47 AM

    Another wasted pick traded at a loss? RMallett, yes, a 3rd turned into 6th. Don’t forget, they traded 7th rnd pk MCasell to KC for the 34th pick in the draft, so I think they’re ahead of the gm. They threw in Vrabel, but he was at the end of the line anyway. Hoyer was undrafted.

    Anyway, I’d love to see the Pats trade Garrapolo for the high 2nd I think they could get(after drafting him late in the 2nd rnd, another win). If they think Brady can play 3-4 more yrs, which they obviously do, they aren’t gonna pay JG big money to stay and hold a clipboard after 2017. He probably wants to start anyway. They’d have to get a backup while the the next rookie is developed. Even with the small chance Brady’s suspension gets upheld, the Pats can’t take the chance. Add a very late pick to Dallas and get Cassell back as insurance. Or, trade JG and a 5th to Cleveland and try to save Manziel. I wouldn’t do it, but just throwin it out there.

  16. edgarpoe3 says: Feb 29, 2016 11:49 AM

    Just like the other contract Brady signed, the Patriots will also “contribute” to a business venture of Brady’s that will be off the books. Then he can be publicly hailed as a great team player even though once again he and the Patriots find another way to cheat. It’s too bad that he will never play for another team to see what he can do with an organization that does NOT cheat.

  17. 6ball says: Feb 29, 2016 11:54 AM

    .
    Garopollo was taken with the 29th pick in the 2nd round. That’s hardly a high price to pay for a backup QB. Even though he hasn’t seen much of the field in his two seasons, a team has to have a reliable insurance policy. One way or another, you’re going to pay a price to secure the QB position.
    .

  18. magnumpimustache says: Feb 29, 2016 11:54 AM

    Its in the off season the Patriots are winning.

    Tiger Blood

  19. floratiotime says: Feb 29, 2016 11:56 AM

    They’ll just keep paying him off the books through his “consultant” company as always. The Pats cheat at everything. It’s a reflex.

  20. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 29, 2016 11:59 AM

    Why can’t we have a good quarterback in Green Bay?

  21. tedmurph says: Feb 29, 2016 12:11 PM

    I love how haters just ‘decide’ Brady’s is being payed off the books, without any evidence or even an accusation against Brady. I guess petty jealousy runs deep. Maybe, just maybe, Brady and the #1 paid supermodel in the world have more money than God, and he’d rather the Pats spread the money around to other good players, being the union man he’s always been, so they can continue to win. Like they do every year(boo hoo). I’m sure there are plenty of fans of Brees and Flacco out there, who are trying to squeeze every penny out of their teams. Or, PManning, who cried and sulked before having to take a pay cut, after having an awful year.

  22. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Feb 29, 2016 12:12 PM

    abninf says:
    Feb 29, 2016 11:45 AM
    dmartin17 says:
    The Deflator agrees. I hope The Deflator found another job after he was fired for…. well nothing I guess.
    —————————

    Even the league acknowledged it was nothing since he was brought back WITH the league’s blessing. Easier to keep up if you read more than headlines

  23. egomaniac247 says: Feb 29, 2016 12:16 PM

    Disagree that Garrapolo is a wasted pick. We see the same teams in the playoffs every year and the Pats are one of those teams b/c they are excellently managed….ie when you have an abundance of talent you can purchase “security” or “insurance”

    Whereas the bad teams have to try to maximize every single draft pick.

    Similar to a good fantasy football roster who starts drafting handcuffs in the latter rounds.

  24. fanofpft says: Feb 29, 2016 12:18 PM

    Because Crapalo is such a threat to him. Have a look at his stats. Nice front you dreamed up to cover his payments to his partnership the teams pays out.

  25. chuckshontaspads says: Feb 29, 2016 12:18 PM

    They are smarter! Have been smarter since Kraft and Belichick arrived, and will be smarter for years to come. It makes all of you haters crazy, but as long as you bow down to your Lying King Goodell you will continue to suffer at the hands of the greatest winning franchise in the history of the NFL!

  26. fumblenuts says: Feb 29, 2016 12:18 PM

    Brady will play until he’s at least 46yrs old…….mark it.

  27. dreadpirate88 says: Feb 29, 2016 12:20 PM

    abninf says:
    Feb 29, 2016 11:45 AM

    The Deflator agrees. I hope The Deflator found another job after he was fired for…. well nothing I guess.
    ——————————–

    If you had made any effort to keep up you would know that Jim McNally was suspended, not fired. His suspension was ordered by the league office. He was reinstated by the league in September and worked the entire season.

    I know, those pesky facts tend to get in the way of hater rants.

  28. magnumpimustache says: Feb 29, 2016 12:21 PM

    Trade Garapolo to Texas. Jerry Jones is dying for a winner. He can back up Romo for 1 or 2 more years until he completely breaks down and then take over and lead them to a super bowl.

    Garapolo may be a second round pick but he has worked with Belicheck and Brady for a year.

    That makes him a first round pick.

  29. GoodellMustGo says: Feb 29, 2016 12:32 PM

    The deal being, Houston selects a player for the Pats in rd 1, and in a few weeks they trade said player to New England for Jimmy G and some other pieces.
    —-
    I’d love to see it but they can’t do that unfortunately. Rookie pool and all.

  30. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 29, 2016 12:40 PM

    It would have been nice if Brady threw more TDs than an old man Manning in the AFCC game. What a wasted opportunity.

  31. willycents says: Feb 29, 2016 12:40 PM

    “and it would be the ultimate Belichick move to work out a trade with, lets say Bill O’Brien and the Texans. The deal being, Houston selects a player for the Pats in rd 1, and in a few weeks they trade said player to New England for Jimmy G and some other pieces. Giving a second finger to Goodell and the League offices”
    __________________________
    So, would that not be the ultimate exhibition of cheating? Collusion? Amazing that a Pats fan would advocate the Pats to cheat. I hope they do. The NFL/NFLPA would be all over that like stink on poop. Would probably be worth two or three number ones and perhaps 20 – 50 million in cap space from each team involved.

  32. TB12RALLYCRY says: Feb 29, 2016 12:46 PM

    Fascinating deal for a fascinating player…..how fitting ……wouldnt want it any other way

  33. eyeandfootballofhorus says: Feb 29, 2016 12:50 PM

    edgarpoe3 says:
    Feb 29, 2016 11:49 AM

    It’s too bad that he will never play for another team to see what he can do with an organization that does NOT cheat.
    …………………………………………………

    …and exactly which team would that be?

  34. cyclotrongary says: Feb 29, 2016 12:56 PM

    Pat’s front office knows how to get things done, simple as that.
    That’s how they stay on TOP.
    Good owner,good coach and great team players.
    Pretty simple, even for the haters to understand.

  35. aljack88 says: Feb 29, 2016 12:57 PM

    mattwalshvideo says:
    Feb 29, 2016 11:46 AM
    The rest of the money gets put into the “TB12 Steroid Center”. Kraft and Shady have had that arrangement for years now. Cheaters always be cheating
    =================================
    true spirit of Matt Walsh, bitter discharged employee always dreaming up lies about their former employer. But of course, he won’t say anything without promises of no prosecution for perjury. Bet he has a film or two of Kraft flying in a UFO, speaking in some alien language to the real parents of Brady. Make the promise, pay him a few bucks, he’ll tell ya anything.

  36. tbisgod says: Feb 29, 2016 1:53 PM

    I’m not as concerned about him losing game checks to suspension as I am losing games. WE NEED to be home for the playoffs. We have never been a good road playoff team and we would have beaten Denver @ home. The late season losses to NY and Miami cost us a title. Can’t afford 2 or 3 suspension losses.

  37. ztigr says: Feb 29, 2016 3:17 PM

    GO PATS!!!!

  38. jimcraig152 says: Mar 1, 2016 12:34 AM

    People sure have short memories. Long before Brady had TB12. Long before Brady married a woman’s whose shapely ass just prints money. Long before he was labeled a cheater, Brady has been putting the Team first. When he gained stardom in his early days with his accomplishments and good looks, he let his lineman in on the action. Check his old Visa commercials. His entire offensive line had parts in those ads. They got paid for endorsements they would never had any other way. When Brady was up for his second contract, he wasn’t elite yet. He took a middling contract which allowed the team to build elite players around him. Keep in mind he had 3 rings at the time. That is how they got Moss, Welker, Stalworth, Dillon on the 2007 squad. And when he finally got those players, it was clear he was the best in the game without question. Compare that to Wilson who has never been elite and settled for just a shade under Rodgers money. Brady didn’t take elite money until 2010. But even then he agreed to redo his contract shortly there after because he wanted the team to win. Brady seems like the ultimate teammate if you ask me.

  39. greenmtnboy31 says: Mar 1, 2016 8:00 AM

    terripet says:
    Feb 29, 2016 11:37 AM

    What a joke gave a contract to a player who can’t throw 10 yards
    ***********************************

    I must have missed that news. Did Peyton sign a contract?

  40. bushwoodcc says: Mar 1, 2016 9:55 AM

    abninf says:
    Feb 29, 2016 11:45 AM

    ==============================

    The Deflator agrees. I hope The Deflator found another job after he was fired for…. well nothing I guess.
    _______________________________________
    Another person that spouts off without knowing the details. McNally and Jaztremski were both reinstated after the NFL gave the Pats permission to do so (and BTW- if the NFL disn’t order their suspension why did the Pats need their approval to reinstate them?).

  41. freefall0303 says: Mar 1, 2016 10:33 AM

    Suspension??? Absolutely!! I want to see Goodell suspended from a bridge by a 1/2″ rope. Now THAT would be sweet justice.

    And will someone get the firehose out and start hosing the perimeter down? With mention of the words “Brady” and “Patriots”… the apes and baboons have begun their incessant chatter… as well as the usual feces-flinging.

    Brady – Greatest Of All Time!!

  42. throwingstones20 says: Mar 1, 2016 12:15 PM

    Every other QB in the league worries about being the highest paid Brady just wants more trophies

  43. orrnumberfour says: Mar 1, 2016 4:29 PM

    It’s too bad that he will never play for another team to see what he can do with an organization that does NOT cheat.
    …………………………………………………

    …and exactly which team would that be?
    _____________

    Well, at least we know for SURE its not the Broncos or the Colts. I’d keep an eye on those Giants too, as we know how much they like to fake injuries to attempt to slow down a hurry-up offense that they’re trying to stop.

  44. lanman11 says: Mar 1, 2016 5:49 PM

    What if Brady gets to 42 and is still pretty good, not great, but savvy good, and he says he’ll play for $1, and they use that money to develope a good run game with an excellent defense, and they win a couple more Super Bowls with him doing just what they need, when they need it. Lolzzzz…..it could happen. How crushing would that be to CryBaby nation?

  45. pftfan1 says: Mar 2, 2016 11:00 AM

    “I will always believe that Randy Moss would have caught that 70 yard rocket from Brady in the dying moments of Super Bowl 42 and maybe for a TD if he actually made an effort to do so.”

    I’ve watched that play so many times over the years and came to the conclusion that the ball was slightly under-thrown. Moss had plenty of separation on the DBs but had to slow down a tad at the end to match the ball trajectory, which enabled the DBs to catch up and break up the pass at the very last moment.

    Moss almost never raised his arms anyway. I guess it was his MO to not tip the DB as to when the ball was actually coming. I’m certain he would have caught the ball had it manage to travel an extra 3-5 yards in the air, although I’m not sure Brady could have thrown it harder than he actually did.

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