Tom Brady’s new contract isn’t much of a bump


When breathlessly reporting on Thursday that #Tommy has a new contract that will give him a “chance to bring his contract more in line with other QBs,” Schefty failed to mention that the “other QBs” are Blake Bortles, Ryan Tannehill, and Case Keenum.

Ultimately, that’s all it is. A bump in Patriots quarterback Tom Brady‘s 2018 compensation from $14 million to as much as $19 million, thanks to a Gronk-style $5 million incentive package.

No wonder Brady opted to plead the fifth when asked whether he feels appreciated by the team.

Sure, $5 million is a lot of money. But the market currently sits well above Brady’s maximum compensation of $19 million for 2018. Arguably, an effort to fix it with a $5 million Band-Aid makes the gap more glaring.

And it’s not even a guaranteed payment. He has to earn it. Arguably, he’s earned that $5 million many times over over the past 18 years.

11 responses to “Tom Brady’s new contract isn’t much of a bump

  1. Tom Brady takes large signing bonuses when he restructures his new deals and takes a lower annual salary. It’s easy to forget that a year or two later when you just compare their annual salaries to other QB’s.

    I don’t blame a team who is getting good value for a player to honor their contracts. Their job is to field the best TEAM, and if they can more flexibility to build a better team if they don’t have to pay any single player more money than they have agreed to. Anything they gave him should have been viewed as icing on the cake on his part. If he didn’t like his last deal, then he shouldn’t have signed it. Don’t sign a deal agreeing to your compensation over the next several years and then complain when the team pays you per that agreement. If you thought it was a bad deal, then you shouldn’t have signed.

  2. Based on what Tom Brady has accomplished and should continue to accomplish, he should be the highest paid player in the NFL. And yet, he isn’t forcing the team to renegotiate his contract with two years left on it. Somebody else with far fewer accomplishments is doing that.

  3. The prorated portion of the signing bonus must be considered when looking at a player’s compensation. The salary cap hit for this year is 22 million before the bump therefore putting potential earnings up to 27 million. Comparing base salaries for any player is not relevant when there was a signing bonus attached to the contract. It’s basic math.

  4. Easy to spend money when it’s not yours . Brady signed the deal so there’s just as much blame on him as you are trying to put on the Pats . The thing you never mention for every poor underpaid Tom Brady or Julio Jones there are just as many or more players making way more then their performance warrants . Every contract is a gamble , some win some lose but it takes both sides to get a deal done so not buying one side or the other as victims . By the way I don’t ever recall a player willingly give money back for under performing so why should the teams be obligated to give more when a player over performs ?

  5. Brady has never tried to set the market with his salary. He could have held the Pats feet to the fire whenever he wanted. So his feeling “appreciated” never had to do with money but more with the Pats taking so long to trade Garrapolo

  6. Just because other teams are dumb and throw millions at terrible QBs doesn’t mean everyone has to. The market for stupidity goes up every day in this league.

  7. This is why the Patriots are so darn good for so darn long. BB doesn’t cater to the 1%. The Patriots have the strongest middle class in the NFL. Much credit goes to Tom Brady who could easily let his ego blind him. He’s so much better than the rest of those guys. That would become a distraction for most people. Exceptional.

    I’m so lucky as a Patriots fan to be alive to see his Era. This is the stuff you normally would read about in sports history. BB/TB12 would probably be like watching Murders Row back in the day.

  8. Umm, you REALLY can’t go by just a player’s fresh salary payments in a given season when judging compensation. Brady is being credited for signing bonus money he received in the past; just because the cash flow is upfront doesn’t mean it doesn’t count as part of his compensation for the 2018 season. In that regard, Brady is “earning” $22M this year, essentially tying him for 10th in the league with Eli Manning and Philip Rivers. Add $5M more to that number, and Brady’s compensation would rank (by a hair) SECOND IN THE LEAGUE, assuming all other QB cap numbers remain as they currently stand. That seems pretty reasonable to me.

  9. Longtime Fin fan here an I’ve never seen a more humble QB in the league since probably the 80’s with the likes of Moon, Marino, Young, Montana, Deberg, Cunningham and a few more.
    You can hate him all you want but given the fact he just goes out plays the game, keeps to himself and never complains about money or draws criticism from his team.
    Even after the NFL tried to destroy him – he still goes out & WINS !

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