Fake news or not, Tom Brady needs a new contract

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Despite the various flaws in the ultimately fake report from Ron Borges of the Boston Herald about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady‘s desire for a new contract, Brady should want one — and he should get one.

Brady has two years left on his current deal, at salaries of $14 million in 2018 and $14 million in 2019. These two extras years were added primarily to allow for proration of the $28 million signing bonus that Brady received two years ago, when executing his latest extension.

With the trades of Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo, the Patriots obviously intend to keep Brady around. Surely, they won’t be doing so at base salaries roughly half of the $27.5 million annual rate Garoppolo will now receive in San Francisco.

Brady’s bonus currently counts $7 million under the cap this year and next year. Another signing bonus of, for example, $40 million on a new four-year deal with a base salary of $1 million in 2018 would move his cap charge to $18 million.

The salaries for 2019, 2020, and 2021 would also need to be negotiated, and the Patriots would presumably be required to make a wink/nod commitment that they won’t seek to recover unallocated bonus money if he retires before the new four-year contract ends.

Regardless, a new deal for Brady is needed, and a new deal for Brady is likely. With a signing bonus of $40 million, he’d coincidentally get the same kind of “up-front” money that Garoppolo will receive under his deal with the 49ers, which pays out $42 million in 2018. Brady, under the example set forth above, would get $41 million.

So, basically, Fake Don Yee may end up being inadvertently right on the money regarding the money that Brady will get.

65 responses to “Fake news or not, Tom Brady needs a new contract

  1. I can honestly see Brady Playing for the League Minimum.

    And then screwing the entire NFL for the next 10 years by freeing up money so that we can sign Free Agents on defense.

    When Brady retires Kraft gives him a front office Job which pays him millions for life.

    Long live the Evil Empire.

  2. Those 2 years may be all he has left in the tank anyway. Just make him play out his contract and then sign him to something if he hasn’t already fallen off a cliff.

  3. He has two years left on his contract and up to now the Patriots have normally done an extension when he has two years left. They give him a big signing bonus as part of the extension. So if that’s their normal process, it hardly makes Borges or fake Don Yee inadvertently right.

  4. The Patriots did NOT “Obviously” Intend to keep Brady around. As we learned from Wickersham, Kraft’s hand was basically forced, and if Bill had what he wanted Brady would be OUT after this year.

    The are making plan B decisions, and will probably draft another QB this year, these are not Plan A decisions. BRady will probably only get a 1-2 year deal.

  5. The man wants to win so much that i would not be surprised to hear Brady will play for $1. Jimmy has crippled his team as most teams with a qb costing more than $20 million have. People always say that Brady has less talent around him, but all the money that the team saves on Brady salarm goes somewhere.

  6. Magnumpimustache says:Brady takes the league minimum for next ten yrs.
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    Yeah – he’ll get a letter from AARP by then. Funny how a guy takes less money because his wife makes more than he does. Then loses a Super Bowl to a backup, & watches HIS backup get a bunch more $$. Brady WILL coming looking for more $$ because the clock is ticking.

  7. Any extra money the Patriots pay is to secure his rights in years when he is 43 and older. With Tom Brady not really caring about money (and caring very much about how his team does), there is certainly no urgency.

  8. His career is down to games, not 3 or 4 plus years. The next concussion will be the last game he plays in. He has 1 big hit left oh him – then he’ll hang it up. His wife will make him retire – she’s already said publically that she doesn’t want him playing anymore.

  9. It’s obvious that Brady is trying to push Belichick out the door. First it was going over Belichick’s head to get Garoppolo out the door, now he’s creating a war between Belichick and Kraft. Kraft isn’t leaving. Belichick would probably trade Brady for Foles straight up.

  10. These posts are adorable. Brady played an amazing game. His defense let him down, along with the benching of Butler. Brady and Foles are not on the field at the same time. Enough with that foolishness. Hate him all you want, he’s still the best QB in the game. That is all.

  11. “Tom will take league minimum”
    “Tom will play for a dollar”
    “Tom will pay Mr. Kraft for the opportunity to play for the pats”

    This Tom guy has all of NE snowed😂

  12. Long live the evil empire? Where have you been? The evil empire just got stomped out by a team full of backups. 600+ yards of offense and still lost to a backup QB. Sounds more like the fall of an empire

  13. Not a pats fan by any means but the guy threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns and literally toyed with a really good Eagles D the whole second half if any game proved Brady made Bill and not the other way around it was this one

  14. Funny how quarterbacks command so much money. Garappolo has proved nothing, yet he pulls down a record deal. Now Brady needs to hurt his team with a larger contract than Garappolo. Fans seem to want their teams to have one player take 20% of the cap money. Why? Dunno. Teams who overpay players always end up mediocre or bad.

  15. You don’t get it. He has been set for life for a decade. He doesn’t care about maximizing his value, he cares about winning.. the window is closing & if you think he wants to take up cap space that can go towards building some semblance of a defense when his wife is pulling down $40 mil./yr., you’re insane.

  16. Brady will take less than his market value. Hopefully BB will spend the money saved to get decent defense. He’s doing a disservice to Brady’s hard work. Brady could have won more SB but he makes do with average teammates. It’s a wonder he wins anything.

  17. for a 41 year old QB that couldn’t out duel a backup QB in the SB. Yikes

    Compare stats and you’ll see he actually did. He put up video game numbers but his defensive genius coach couldn’t get his defense off the field on 3rd down.

  18. red says:
    February 10, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    40 million bonus for a 41 year old QB that couldn’t out duel a backup QB in the SB.
    ……….
    He did out out duel the back up QB. Did you not see the stats he put up???

  19. Brady chooses to leave more of the cap for depth than get greedy. He and his wife are already worth 1/2 a billion dollars between them. I don’t think he’s concerned about maximizing his contract in any way shape or form. His concern is a team around him that’s good enough to get back to the Super Bowl.

  20. This is comparing apples to oranges.

    base salaries roughly half of the $27.5 million annual rate Garoppolo will now receive in San Francisco.

    This includes Garoppolo’s signing bonus averaged into the contract. Without his signing bonus he averages $19M.

    Brady has two years left on his current deal, at salaries of $14 million in 2018 and $14 million in 2019.

    His base salary in 2018 and 2019 is $15M, not $14M. Add in his prorated bonus and it’s $22M per year.

    Making a comparison of Garoppolo’s contract including the bonus and not including Brady’s contract including the bonus is misleading. However, either way you look at it, Garoppolo is making more money per year than Brady but nobody forced Brady to sign a team-friendly contract. Besdies, his wife probably makes more money than he does so it’s not like he really needs the money.

  21. What? The 28 million signing bonus caused Brady’s cap hit to be

    13.8 million cap hit 40.7 dead cap 2016
    14 million cap hit 28 million dead cap 2017
    22 million cap hit 14 million dead cap 2018
    22 million cap hit 7 million dead cap 2019

    That’s why Wickersham’s story is a phony story. Only people that don’t understand salary cap buy the conspiracy theory. 2018, NE is 17 million under the cap but they have free agent players they need to sign and pay for their draft picks.

  22. Red, your comment is a joke. Foles/Eagles have ONE lil’ super bowl vs Brady’s 5. Brady has been underpaid for years yet never hear him complain about it. He loves the game and gets far less credit and gets more criticism than deserved. Stop hating on the GOAT…it’s getting old.

  23. shlort says:
    February 10, 2018 at 5:32 pm
    Funny how quarterbacks command so much money. Garappolo has proved nothing, yet he pulls down a record deal. Now Brady needs to hurt his team with a larger contract than Garappolo. Fans seem to want their teams to have one player take 20% of the cap money. Why? Dunno. Teams who overpay players always end up mediocre or bad

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    Rodger’s upcoming contract will cripple the pack. Get ready to be mediocre or bad

  24. 41 years old with two years left on the contract he willingly signed. No, he does not “need” a new contract.

  25. A player under contract for 2 more years doesn’t need or deserve a new contract.
    No one forces a player to sign a 5 year contract, they can go year to year if they like.
    Teams would be willing to pay them more also since there is no long term risk.
    If you want to take the injury risk doesn’t sign a long term contract.
    If you sign a long term contract, you have to realize you may be underpaid in a few years.

  26. Every pats fan would say stats are for losers. Winning counts. Now they’re bringing up stats. Make up your minds. That being said, if I’m Brady, Ben, Rodgers, or Brees I’m walking straight to the owners office to demand a raise, given that a punk who’s played five games just doubled them.

  27. mzew233 said “As we learned from Wickersham…”
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    I think that I see your problem.

    Wickersham was just an earlier version of Borges. If Wickersham tells me that the sky is blue, I’d still check to make sure, since he has not been right on anything else.

  28. Why are we supposed to be so deeply concerned with Brady’s contract? Or Aaron Rodgers’s contract? Are either of them in danger of starving? Are their great great great grandchildren in danger of starving?

  29. I don’t understand what the rush is. Just as teams take advantage of young guys playing under “low” salary rookie deals, they’re moving into uncharted territory with Tom Brady. The handful of times we’ve seen 40+ year old QBs still starting it’s been as a stop-gap transition to a younger guy– not as the GOAT and still one of the top 3 active QBs in the league.

    His cap number in both 2018 and 2019 is $22M. Do the Patriots really want to negotiate an extension at this point with a hefty signing bonus which might very well count against the cap for a couple years after he’s gone? With a mid-30s Brady this would make sense, but with Tom being 41 the start of next season and 2 years left on his deal, why not wait until next off-season to evaluate an extension?

  30. mazenblue says:
    February 10, 2018 at 5:46 pm
    red says:
    February 10, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    40 million bonus for a 41 year old QB that couldn’t out duel a backup QB in the SB.
    ……….
    He did out out duel the back up QB. Did you not see the stats he put up???

    ———-

    Brady:

    28-of-48 passes for 505 yards and 3 touchdowns, and a game ending fumble

    Foles:

    28-of-43 passes for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns, 1 INT, and caught a touchdown pass

    I’m a Patriots fan but I’ll take Foles stats and a SB win.

  31. Some of the geniuses above say that Brady lost to a backup. Did they note that he set a record of 505 yards, 3 TDS and set a record 33 points for a losing team. Also, Brady was a backup once and Jimmy G was, until October.
    Nick Foles played lights out this post-season. He was the Eagles starter. Sudfeld was the backup.

  32. red says:
    February 10, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    40 million bonus for a 41 year old QB that couldn’t out duel a backup QB in the SB.
    ……….
    He did out out duel the back up QB. Did you not see the stats he put up??
    ———————
    He did and he didn’t outplay Foles. Brady got more yards, but didn’t win. Foles got the win. Would YOU want to be remembered for getting more yards but not the win?

  33. Tomasina Brady chose to seek a lower rent contract when he was caught cheating with the ball boy (and trying to hide this with his phone being denied to investigators); in order to not pay a significant penalty when he was banned for several games, Brady chose to renegotiate a lower salary – and in typical cheater fashion, figured he would make it up on a later contract.

    Let’s not allow this cheater to profit from his disgusting conduct – the biggest fraud of a QB who is a complete system QB needs to live with his deception for the rest of his career.

  34. That’s between brady and the pats. No one else needs to know squat. He demonstrated again in the playoffs that he’s the greatest to ever play, not the highest paid.

  35. He did and he didn’t outplay Foles. Brady got more yards, but didn’t win. Foles got the win. Would YOU want to be remembered for getting more yards but not the win?
    Thats like saying its a pitchers fault for losing the game if they allowed 1 unearned run and their team doesn’t score. In 2010 Felix Hernandez won the Cy Young with 13 wins and 12 losses. In those 12 losses, they scored 1 run or less in 10 of them, and the BP blew leads in 4. So was Felix “outdueled” by pitchers in all those losses??? Tom threw for 505 yards and 3 td’s,0 int’s. Tom doesn’t play defense, and it was NE’s defense that lost this one as much as anything. If you score 33 points and have 0 int and lose, its not the offense that was the problem…

  36. If some teams like maybe the Saints with Brees paid their QB a little less. They would’ve won more. The Saints had a great draft but b4 this season their defence suffered because of cap space to sign better defensive FA’s. TB12 is what all QBs should do..Be less greedy to win..taking 20 million over 27 million means signing 2 to 3 impact players to help him.

  37. Tom and Giselle are allegedly worth over $600M (which is a higher net worth than Raiders owner, Mark Davis). The classic would be for Tom to play for the Patriots for just the league veteran minimum for next season, so the team can put the money towards other players. Tom plays for the love of competing. He’s already the greatest player of all time. He’s also the richest player of all time.

  38. No question Tom Brady is badly underpaid, but he may not want or demand a raise. IOW, he likes winning Super Bowls so much that he would rather be underpaid and win more than to be paid fairly but not win another. There is virtually no chance that he will hold out for more money if he does not get a raise. Just ask him whether he would play for the Cleveland Browns if he is paid $30 million annually for the next 2 seasons, or would he rather stay with New England at his current contract terms.

  39. New England has repeated as Super Bowl champs when recent winners like Green Bay, New York, Denver, Seattle, and Baltimore have fallen on hard times and even missed the playoffs. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick of course are the main reasons for that, but another important factor is their ability to maintain a competitive roster. They have been able to do that because Tom Brady has not demanded to be paid like other top quarterbacks. Indeed his $14 million salary is a million less that what Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is getting for 2018 and 2019. If Brady is paid market value, New England may run into the same kind of problems Seattle is having and may miss the playoffs.

  40. If its not Rodgers, it’s Brady that needs a new contract. There’s something of a fixation with spending someone else’s money here. At some point, a contract has to be paid with real money and it stops being a cap figure.

  41. Patriots should recognize their supercycle as a dynasty is over for awhile and accumulate as many draft picks, youth and cap room they can over the next 3-5 years so they have a chance to emerge as a dynasty again… they won’t, and so the biggest decline since the fall of the Roman Empire has begun.

  42. And that’s why he’s the GOAT. He genuinely cares more about winning than about maximizing his contract. He would gladly take $5m less per year if it meant they have a better chance to win the SB, no other QB would do that. Even if his wife wasn’t making bank, I feel he would do the same. You know he wasn’t always married to Giselle, but first half of his career he still took similar deals and never asked for max contracts.

  43. Dynasty is over huh…who got the best odds for next year?All these fans of teams who were “next in line”and didn’t even make the playoffs can talk the talk.Philly found an acorn now lets see if they can again.I’m not talking another Superbowl but lets see if they can win their division.Worst to first happened to them before.Their fans are happy..so were the broncos,giants,seahawks..now look at them.The Patriots have been contenders for 18 years,always in the playoffs.You fans of other teams talk alot,but cry alot to.

  44. It’s simple… Brady takes a pay cut and becomes more liked in the NFL, thus allows the team to afford better players. Which in turn, the Pats win more with better players, causing Brady’s public image to be boosted for sponsorship. I imagine if you look at his annual earnings, it will dwarf others that have larger contracts.

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