Brady’s numbers suggest a correction/protection deal

AP

The last time Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did a new contract, the salary cap was in the neighborhood of $120 million. It’s now north of $155 million.

The latest new contract signed by Brady in recent days has the look and feel of a correction, along with providing Brady some protection.

Our semi-educated guess regarding the contract was right; the contract has a large signing bonus ($28 million) and low base salaries over the next two years: $1 million in 2016 and $1 million in 2017.

The drop in the base salaries becomes huge for Brady, potentially. If he’s slapped with a four-game #Deflategate suspension in either of the next two years, he’ll lose only $235,941.17. Under his prior deal, he would have lost $2.11 million is suspended four games this year, and $2.35 million next year.

The cap savings are negligible. By trading in base salaries of $9 million and $10 million, respectively, the cap numbers drop from $15 million and $16 million to $14 million and $14 million, respectively. That’s a savings of $1 million this year and $2 million next year.

Also, there are no fully-guaranteed payments beyond the signing bonus. Brady’s base salaries for 2016 and 2017 are guaranteed for injury only. In 2018 and 2019, Brady has base salaries of $14 million and cap numbers of $22 million each year.

In all, it’s a four-year, $58 million contract with $28 million fully guaranteed. That may seem like a lot of money. Until realizing that Brock Osweiler signed a four-year, $72 million contract with $37 million fully-guaranteed on Wednesday.

112 responses to “Brady’s numbers suggest a correction/protection deal

  1. Classic Patriots strategy. Good stuff. Though it’s a punch in Goodell’s face, he and his stooges don’t care about the money. It’s all about keeping Brady off of the field so he can’t lead the Patriots into the playoffs again.

    Because we all know most of the league can’t beat the Patriots and no one else can win that division as long as TB is leading that team.

    Cue the pathetic, cringing, lying losers.

    Go Patriots!

  2. I can’t wait for this to be twisted into, “See! He must have done it! Now he’s trying to his his money!”

    In actuality, if Don Yee is behind this, he’s just being a thorough agent/lawyer. The league has proved their not above lying in court in an effort to get their desired result, so why not protect your client for the unfortunate possibility that their behavior prevails?

    Also, sure, it’s only $1M this year and $2M next in free cap space, but that could make the difference in getting a deal done on Chandler Jones, Dontae Hightower, etc…

  3. Brady . . . “earns it” every year.

    There are many QBs in the league that are making significantly more money than TB that haven’t done anything. Not just Osweiler, but guys like Ryan, Cutler, Romo and Tannehill.

  4. He is now the oldest non-kicker in the NFL. Amazing the beating he took against the Broncos and he just kept getting up after every hit.

  5. That’s still 235,941.17 too much for doing NOTHING wrong!!!
    NFL farce!!! Give back the picks/fines & apologize!!!!!
    Anything else is just s travesty!!!

  6. And the Patriots continue to play chess while the NFL continues playing checkers.

    Keep hating the Patriots, what happened to the Chiefs yesterday can be your team next.

  7. And Roger “I Don’t Understand 9th Grade Chemistry” Goodell makes over $40 million a year with the worst job performance I’ve ever seen this side of a blimp crash. Release the ball measurements, clowns!

  8. pw1265 says:
    Mar 10, 2016 10:05 AM
    Now Tammie Brady will have some extra cash to go out and get both the pink and purple panties she so desires.

    ___________________________

    Wow, it really hurts to see Tom wearing all those rings, huh?

  9. Amazing to see someone take so much less than he’s worth. He knows it takes a team to win and he only wants hardware. Commendable and rare. E.g., Joe Flacco…and pretty much every free agent who leaves a winner to chase the bucks.

  10. As long as never gets any other compensation from the team/ownership/etc, so be it if he wants to be underpaid. But eyes should be on his finances after he retires…

  11. I always tell my kids that cheating doesn’t pay. I now stand corrected, it does pay and it does pay handsomely.

    With one caveat however, it only pays when you work for an organization that has a vested interest in cheating themselves. Then its a partnership made in…. well, I guess New England since heaven doesn’t allow cheating.

  12. pw1265 says:
    Mar 10, 2016 10:05 AM

    Now Tammie Brady will have some extra cash to go out and get both the pink and purple panties she so desires.

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    It’s funny how the typical Patriot Hater tends to posts fantasies like this when it comes to Tom Brady.

    Hey I won’t judge. 🙂 To each their own. 🙂

  13. Brady knows the importance of having a reasonable cap number so there can actually be a team, not just a bunch of scrubs. Look at the Ravens – Flacco gets his HUGE amount of money and all of a sudden Baltimore is terrible. Championships > Money.

  14. key2heat says:
    Mar 10, 2016 10:03 AM

    Brady the cheater gets suspended 4 games.

    After Brady wins this case there’s going to be a lot of salty Patriot Haters out there in about a month or so. I can’t wait to read their tear filled posts.

    🙂

  15. It’s funny how things can change in just a few days. Last week, in the aftermath of the reported beatdown Tom Brady’s side took in the appeal hearing, fear and despair stalked the land (as they once put it on “Blackadder“) like two great … stalking … things.

    But now there is a growing chorus of legal analysts like Daniel Wallach, Stephanie Stradley and New York Law School professor Robert Blecker who are saying after review of the transcripts, the ruling on the hearing is reversed. Touchdown: Brady. In fact, they’re going one step further. And it’s great news for fans of the Patriots as well as truth and justice.

    The experts are saying NFL attorney Paul Clement flat-out lied to the judges. Repeatedly.

  16. Sounds like someone knows he’s guilty so he is limiting the finacial impact on the inevitable suspension #noclass

  17. Amazing the beating he took against the Broncos and he just kept getting up after every hit.


    And there’s a good reason why guys like Justin Tuck and Michael Bennett have said Brady is or is among the toughest QBs out there.

  18. Worth every single cent of this deal and if you doubled it he’d still be worth every cent of that too.

    That $22m salary will never see the light of day.

    Good move too, so that if he does have to lose 4 game checks its pocket change for him now.

    The greatest QB of all time just got paid for real.

  19. The experts are saying NFL attorney Paul Clement flat-out lied to the judges.

    —–
    Goodell trained him well.

  20. “He is now the oldest non-kicker in the NFL. Amazing the beating he took against the Broncos and he just kept getting up after every hit.”

    Yet morons here who couldn’t take a single one of those hits and not end up in the hospital call him girls names as if Brady isn’t 1000x tougher than they are.

  21. Even after losing (again) to a broken old man, delusional Pats fans seem to think their hometown cheaters are the best team in the league. It really is funny, until you realize how sad it is that a once proud region like New England has fallen so far.

  22. TB12RALLYCRY??…. Did your little sister help with that name ??…. Aaahhh New England the soon to wasteland of the NFL
    Your QB should look into her retirement plan more than anything else …. Tick tock

  23. Lol…

    Brock getting paid 15 million more than Brady over the same time.

    The market price for below average QBs is utterly ridiculous. And goes to show just how bad the QB situation is in the NFL right now.

  24. beachsidejames says:
    Mar 10, 2016 10:24 AM
    Even the Dolphins beat him the last 2 out of 3 times.

    Lame

    what was the prize for that.

    I like how you just count the last 3 to make it sound better.
    Don’t they play twice a year what happened in the last 4?
    What about the last 6?
    What about the last 8?

    Christe!!!! Dolphins fans are so desperate for some recognition!

    Enjoy anoth 8-8 season this year!

  25. rutledge3197 says:Mar 10, 2016 10:30 AM

    TB12RALLYCRY??…. Did your little sister help with that name ??…. Aaahhh New England the soon to wasteland of the NFL
    Your QB should look into her retirement plan more than anything else …. Tick tock

    —–

    Let me guess, you first started saying that in 2008, amiright?

    How’s that worked out for you so far?

  26. Look, not a Patriots fan BUT I’m looking at this objectively.

    Kudos to the Pats & Brady for reworking the contract the way they did. IF (and it’s a BIG IF) things come down the Pike and he gets suspended, then this protects him financially.

    In my view the Pats & Brady are being proactive.

    It’s easy for others to conflate this as the Pats & Brady admitting guilt. … It’s not. It’s simply being proactive.

    One last point…. If you were handed a check for $28M, don’t you think the return on that would quickly make up for what you potentially could lose? $250k. ($15m after taxes at a conservative 5% return would net of $750k).

    This is a win for the Pats & Brady.

  27. Whatjusthapped says he teaches his kids not to cheat, now he needs to teach them about the Laws of physics so they understand cold weather causes pressure to drop. You know like when the low tire pressure comes on when it is cold outside.!

  28. I hate Brady and the Pats, but he easily could’ve gotten a lot more. Say what you want, he’s all about winning.

  29. surfer.al says:
    Mar 10, 2016 10:13 AM

    Amazing to see someone take so much less than he’s worth. He knows it takes a team to win and he only wants hardware. Commendable and rare. E.g., Joe Flacco…and pretty much every free agent who leaves a winner to chase the bucks.
    —–

    I like the way Brady gives back to the team to remain more competitive as well,. But let’s be really honest. His wife makes 50 Million +/- per year as a supermodel. He could play for free, and still make more than any other player in the NFL I wish mt QB had it so good, but Brady’s situation is a huge benefit for the Patriots.

  30. A buffalo fan makes a negative comment on 4 time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady! As my 96 year old Aunt says “that”s rich”
    When was Buffalo’s last Super Bowl Win??? What year?????

  31. I don’t really have a dog in this fight, but the only group of posters I’ve seen behave as childishly as the Patriots’ haters are the Patriots’ fanboys.

    Brady is a fantastic, all-time great QB, but the notion that nobody can beat the Pats without the league’s help is silly. The Pats have won one Super Bowl in the last 12 years. So, great as they have been during that stretch, there has been, in all but one instance, someone who knocked them off. And they’ll be there near the end next year, and we’ll see if the Chiefs or Cardinals or whoever can knock them off. That’s what makes the game fun.

    Brady is all-world, and the Pats have been the best team in the league for the last 15 years. But they still lose just like everyone else does.

  32. Tammy is getting paid under the table by sleezebag Kraft , one stipulation is that Kraft cover all costs of his weekly hair plug treatments and to pay off the doctors to remain anonymous on the procedure to hide it from the media as if it isn’t obvious enough. Shows how fake Tammy is in every aspect

  33. When is this guy going to retire? Not only is he one of the best QBs of all time, he’s lasted forever and he basically plays for free all things considered so he doesn’t even strain the cap. Unreal.

    I guess true Patriots fans deserved a golden era in franchise history like this after a couple of decades of futility but hasn’t it gone on long enough? Give the Bills a chance here… It’s just gotten ridiculous.

    I don’t have the visceral hate for Brady that most non-Pats fans do, nothing but respect really, but my god I just can’t wait until this guy retires.

  34. I always tell my kids that cheating doesn’t pay. I now stand corrected, it does pay and it does pay handsomely.

    With one caveat however, it only pays when you work for an organization that has a vested interest in cheating themselves. Then its a partnership made in…. well, I guess New England since heaven doesn’t allow cheating.
    _________________________________________

    Do you teach your kids how to lose with class as well, or just to make excuses and blame whatever you can when their teams lose?

  35. Cheater bleater sheep just make me laugh because every time they show how much they don’t know.

    There was no cheating. Look to the Jets game where balls were over-inflated. This game was about 6 months after the “deflator” text.

    After this game, the texts turned angry against Brady. Because Brady blew up at the guys who take care of the balls. Brady also had them print out copies of the ball pressure rules to present to the refs before games.

    If they were already cheating with a ball deflation program, why would these actions be taken after the fact?

    And in the transcript of Bradys appeal with Goodell, when this game came up and Brady said it was a home game – Roger was incredulous – asking “That was a home game?”

    Don’t just look at the headlines, look at the time line.

  36. Brady is smart.

    Brock Osweiler and Joe Flacco are going to be a pin cushions for defenses as they won’t have the money to sink into other positions…

  37. I’m not surprised they restructured in an effort to mitigate financial loss when he’s suspended. It’s a natural course of action for those that swim the waters of corruption. Pats fans talk about a legacy, but what’s inescapable is the confirmed cheating that the team has been exposed engaging in for almost all of Bill and Tom’s careers.

  38. Osweiler should make more than Brady, Osweiler is 1-0 against Brady and has more upside.

  39. Just another loophole the Pats use to cheat… dirtiest team in football
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    Chalk this one up with the warm Gatorade garbage. Haters will make up anything to bash the Pats since they just cannot fathom how dominate hey have been. Loophole? Its called contract negotiation – has been going on for years.

  40. Tom Brady the ultimate competitor and ultimate team player. Any negative comments come under the heading of jealousy, envy and sour grapes. The Greatest of All Time and its not even close.

  41. I’m not surprised they restructured in an effort to mitigate financial loss when he’s suspended. It’s a natural course of action for those that swim the of corruption. Pats fans talk about a legacy, but what’s inescapable is the confirmed cheating that the team has been exposed engaging in for almost all of Bill and Tom’s careers.
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    Typical comment from the uninformed. Please provide proof of “confirmed cheating for almost all of Bill and Tom’s careers”? You cling onto this narrative and pray its true. When confronted or asked to provide proof, you’ll say Spygate. That was 8 years ago and happened in the first game of that season. To this day, recording defensive signals is not illegal.

    What else is confirmed? Deflategate? Please – that ship has sailed and anyone with a half a brain knows it. So again, for the 15+ years of BB and TB, please provide proof of what has been “confirmed”?

  42. Mar 10, 2016 10:06 AM – thereisalwaysnextyear says: I wonder how much Kraft is going to pay Brady to be an “executive” after he retires?

    This. There is no question that Brady has been underpaid by four to eight million dollars a year over the past ten years. He’s either the most altruistic guy on the planet, or there is some sort of off-the-books deal we’ll never hear about. Of course, that would require the Pats to bend the rules, so I guess Tom is just an unselfish, humble guy.

  43. NO ONE leaves tens of millions of dollars on the table. I don’t care how rich or how much money you have. He is getting OR going to be paid under the table somehow. Just another way they cheat!! ****

  44. Nice guy…Shame he got beat by a Manning for the 3rd time.
    __________________________________________

    Shame it took 2 generations and 3 different Mannings to match TB’s superbowl success.

  45. Denver and New England know how to manage the cap. Perennial losers like Jacksonville and Houston and Miami would know nothing of this.

  46. What’s surprising are the posters who still believe the NFL! The NFL lawyer was caught LYING to the 3 Federal judges last week!
    The NFL lied about the PSI levels, lied about the independence of the Wells/Pash report, lied about Tom’s testimony, & lied about the phone. Wells said he didn’t need the phone, DID NOT NEED it!
    Why isnt the NFL going after the Colts ? 3/4 of their footballs were under 12.5!
    There was no tampering!!! Just ignorant NFL executives who did not know cold weather causes pressure to be lost!

  47. idpfantasyfootball says:
    Mar 10, 2016 10:44 AM

    hmmm… If he is innocent of cheating, why does he need financial protection from being suspended?
    —————–

    Because he is dealing with a Goodellbot.

    Brady has to be worried that Roger will up the charges and accuse him of being involved in a scheme to steal the cookie from the cookie jar.

  48. Call it cheating if you want. Its not fair to the other teams and players that have to face a coach and QB that year in an year out so consistently that’s for sure. I’d be mad too bro. It sucks. It’s hurts. They say”Its tuck rule!” They keep winning. “It’s spy gate!” They kept winning. “It’s deflating balls!” They keep winning… God that just has to be so maddening to a dolphins fan. A buffalo fan must be like “what about my team?”. It’s depressing just thinking about it.

  49. steelerfanjo says:
    Mar 10, 2016 10:55 AM
    The most over-rated and over-protected player in sports history. The guy is a loser. Media and NFL protects him like no other.

    Guess that doesn’t say much for your Steelers.

    Brady OWNS the Steelers , puts up video game like numbers bs them.

    And you may want to look up the definition of “over-rated”

  50. The day Brady and Belicheat retires the integrity of the NFL will increase exponentially. Having a rich wife and another revenue stream from his quack “doctor” makes it easier to take less.

  51. Florio keeps implying that Brady’s motivation for restructure was because he wants to save 2 mil in case he gets suspended. Brady’s worth 120 mil. Him and his wife are worth half a billion. That’s with a B. Brady will probably make more money after FB than he did while playing. He ain’t sweatin’ 2 mil on a suspension that, IMO, he’ll never serve.

    A 12 yr old 7th grader from Lynn,MA won his science fair by showing the IGL is accurate on the deflation of FBs. The FBs lost 2 psi. Every time. Kid’s name is Goodell. No lie.

  52. The business acumen of both Brady & the Patriots is unparalleled.
    I heard on a radio show he also owns some sort of nutritional products company the Pats purchase a lot from, but that’s been kind of unreported. Kudos to his management team. Smart as heck, even if you hate the guy/team, gotta admit. Brilliant.

  53. steelerfanjo says:
    Mar 10, 2016 10:55 AM

    The most over-rated and over-protected player in sports history. The guy is a loser. Media and NFL protects him like no other.

    —————

    4 Super Bowl victories… 6 appearances… 10 AFC championship games including last 5 straight. Most playoff wins in history. Not-over rated.

    Married to hottest super model on the planet, spokes person for the some of the coolest brands in the world. Not a loser.

    Media and the NFL have been attacking him more than any other player for the last 2 years. Not protected.

    Wrong on all counts. It’s ok to hate him because you are a Steelers fan, but at least acknowledge the truth. He’s a great player.

  54. Everyone on here would do the same as Brady and the Patriots. “Gonna take 4 Game checks Roger? here’s all $250,000 of it, choke on it. While I get to keep all of my real pay in the form of a signing bonus.” Love it

  55. idpfantasyfootball says:
    Mar 10, 2016 10:44 AM

    hmmm… If he is innocent of cheating, why does he need financial protection from being suspended?

    —————–

    hmmm… if someone is innocent of a crime, why do they need a lawyer?

  56. trailerparkking says:
    Mar 10, 2016 11:25 AM

    The day Brady and Belicheat retires the integrity of the NFL will increase exponentially. Having a rich wife and another revenue stream from his quack “doctor” makes it easier to take less.

    ——————-

    I guess Osweiler couldn’t have survived on 16 million a year and 30 million guaranteed and stayed with a winning franchise. He needed that 18 million and 37 million guaranteed to put food on the table.

    Most players maximize their income whether they need the money or not. It has nothing to do with rich wives and secondary income streams.

  57. steelerfanjo says:
    Mar 10, 2016 10:55 AM
    The most over-rated and over-protected player in sports history. The guy is a loser. Media and NFL protects him like no other.

    —————-
    Have the Steelers ever beat Brady? I think they did way back in the early 2000s……but I certainly cannot remember any recent defeats

  58. Hard to perceive this as anything other than a b slap to Roger. Apparently things are far from deescalating between 345 Park Ave and Foxborough

  59. sactogary says:
    Mar 10, 2016 11:05 AM

    Mar 10, 2016 10:06 AM – thereisalwaysnextyear says: I wonder how much Kraft is going to pay Brady to be an “executive” after he retires?

    This. There is no question that Brady has been underpaid by four to eight million dollars a year over the past ten years. He’s either the most altruistic guy on the planet, or there is some sort of off-the-books deal we’ll never hear about. Of course, that would require the Pats to bend the rules, so I guess Tom is just an unselfish, humble guy.

    —————–

    He wants to win… and he has won. That winning has made his endorsement deals probably 10 x what they would have been otherwise. He’s taking a bet on himself by staying in a winning situation instead of trying to max out his income from football alone.

    Same mistake many teams make thinking short term and getting big name guys in to draw crowds when long term revenues would increase exponentially if the team could put together some winning seasons.

    The Patriots were a laughing stock in a crappy stadium and Kraft turned them into the second most valuable franchise in the NFL. All because of winning.

  60. “Just another loophole the Pats use to cheat… dirtiest team in football”

    Only in the tiny minds of the Pats haters is a league approved contract that is entirely within the rules somehow “cheating”

  61. beachsidejames says:
    Mar 10, 2016 10:23 AM

    Nice guy…Shame he got beat by a Manning for the 3rd time.

    ————–

    You win some you lose some. Brady has won 4. Since no one has one more than that, I would say that’s pretty good.

  62. trailerparkking says:
    Mar 10, 2016 11:25 AM

    The day Brady and Belicheat retires the integrity of the NFL will increase exponentially.
    ———————-

    Oh yeah? So that’s the day that Goodell retires/gets fired, along with all of his Jets flunkies?

  63. I find it interesting how many people feel Goodell actually cares what the public think of him. He has a constituency of 32 people…that is it. 31 of them on all matters involving the Patriots are not upset with Rog.

    Patriot folks, complain as much as you want, but thems the facts!

  64. He’s not going to be “slapped with” anything. The rules don’t apply to the Patriots and especially Golden Boy.

  65. Interesting. It seems the Patriots are expecting Brady to serve a 4 game suspension, no?

    Otherwise, why restructure your deal in a way that didn’t benefit the team more?

  66. As with a disease, Brady may not be able to escape the physical effects caused by Roger Goodell, but he can protect himself financially. Expect all players to engage in these standard preventive maintenance contracts to guard against the commissioner’s random attacks.

  67. Brady hasn’t stayed out of loyalty or “winning”. He stayed because his legacy is built on being a Patriot. He’d lose tons of endorsement money if he switched teams. Plus, over half the country thinks he’s a cheater. Would you rather live in a place full of rubes who worship you and abandon common sense when they come to your defense when you cheat, lie and then lie about your cheating, or where half fan base think you’re a schmuck? Easy choice.

    Plus, Giselle is a model, she needs to be near NY and she clearly wears the pants in the family.

  68. strummer174 says:
    Mar 10, 2016 10:42 AM
    I don’t really have a dog in this fight, but the only group of posters I’ve seen behave as childishly as the Patriots’ haters are the Patriots’ fanboys.

    Brady is a fantastic, all-time great QB, but the notion that nobody can beat the Pats without the league’s help is silly. The Pats have won one Super Bowl in the last 12 years. So, great as they have been during that stretch, there has been, in all but one instance, someone who knocked them off. And they’ll be there near the end next year, and we’ll see if the Chiefs or Cardinals or whoever can knock them off. That’s what makes the game fun.

    Brady is all-world, and the Patsy have been the best team in the league for the last 15 years. But they still lose just like everyone else does.
    ==================================
    strummer174,
    Well thought out and presented comment. I’m a Patriots fan and enjoy watching them play every year. And you are correct. Even if the Patriots dominate their conference every year, there are still teams that beat them every year. And that’s part of what makes the game enjoyable: there are no guarantees.
    One aspect that I appreciate about the Patriots is that you rarely see Brady of Belichick complain or blame anyone else when they lose. Instead, they look at it as another opportunity to learn, to get better. And they do. Will they ever win 5 superbowls in a row or something crazy like that? No. But there will be a high possibility that they will be in the superbowl on any given opening day for five years in a row. Not many teams can make that claim.

  69. beachsidejames says:Mar 10, 2016 10:23 AM

    Nice guy…Shame he got beat by a Manning for the 3rd time.

    Team sport. Brady never beat Manning and vice versa.

  70. Good for Brady and the Pats. A smart, savvy, legal move. And sticks it in serial liar Goodell’s face. Goodell doesn’t even know the meaning of smart, savvy, or legal.

  71. Haters… What’s Brady’s salary have to do with you? How much are your own QBs making? If you are happy with yours why are you bitching about Brady’s? Do you feel cheated… by your own QBs?
    1 mil base salary. LOL!
    Rodger will just have to increase penalties on other teams.

  72. “i’ve heard second hand about doug flutie being amazed when he got there that the plays were being piped into his helmet warning brady what was coming…..we’ve tried to talk to flutie on our radio show about it but he hangs up on my producer” – Dan Lebatard discussing the Flutie story from John Saunders of ESPN 🙂

  73. A guy met a friend of Flutie’s at a wedding, who jokingly told that helmet story. Flutie wasn’t there. That’s how this nonsense gets started. If Flutie hung up on LeBetard’s producers, it’s probably because he’s a nobody that Flutie never heard of. LeBetard never mentioned it again.

    If you want the true story, read ‘Spygate; the Untold Story’. Pick it up at a yard sale near you. If you’re lucky, they’ll have a book about Bigfoot and alien abductions. 3 for a buck. They pay you. After all, inquiring minds want to know.

  74. Takes less money because he knows it’s the only team he would start on.

    This is the perfect illustration of the utterly unconscionable delusion that comes out from the Patriots Hater crowd. I’m not sure why other Pats fans even get mad or try to argue with these people. They clearly have no clue about football and believe literal fairy tales about what they think goes on. It is really, really sad to see American citizens act like babies.

    Wahhh they beat us every year, they’re such cheaters!!

  75. Tom is The Man. Everyone should have a chance to have a Tom Brady as their teams QB at least once.

    On an unrelated note, I’ve long been disabused of ESPN, and have finally cut the connection to anything that has ties them. I’m tired of the “political correctness” ideology being forced on me through of all things, my SPORTS NEWS. It started with the media created drama over Spygate, got worse with Bullygate and Bountygate, and hit a new low with Deflategate. They completely lost me when they bypassed 19 year old Lauren Hill of Mount St Josephs basketball team and gave their Sports “Courage” award to Bruce Jenner for cutting off his genitals, inserting silicon breasts, taking female hormones, shaving himself down, and wearing a skirt. Lauren Hill had inoperable brain cancer and knew she would not survive, but scored the first and last points of the season and used her situation to raised over 1 million dollars for cancer research. ESPN made this choice in exchange for rights to Diane Sawyers exclusive interview with Jenner, so they could stick this our faces even more. ESPN is a Disney company. Walt Disney must be having seizures in his grave. ESPN is a sick, PC Correct Big Money Media organization with no values beyond clicks and eyeballs. I made myself an HD antenna (you can buy one) and get all the free local HD channels. The picture quality is surprisingly good. Better than the standard cable I had. I added Internet streaming services, and I can hand pick what I want. I now watch only things that actually interest me, and I use the time saved from surfing 100 channels of nothing to do some reading, which has great benefits for the brain. The best part is I get the satisfaction of knowing that I am not subscribing to a service that pays ESPN royalties from my fees, regardless of whether I actually watch ESPN. I have voted with my feet! I suggest you do too!

  76. Fins got same prize the Patriots got after getting their butt kicked by the Fins and Broncos. Zip.

  77. Even a Manning with no arm beat Tom Brady. That’s what really stands out even more than the cheating. He could never beat the Mannings.

  78. A team with a 40 year old QB and NOBODY as a back up, no running back, 2 munchkins for receivers and one really good meat head receiver that the team refuses to pay. No shades needed for that future.

  79. worth it. team doesn’t win every game, but no one has ever been as tough in so many big games. by any objective analysis the best ever and it ain’t close.

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