New Tom Brady contract pushes $13.5 million in cap space to 2020

AP

Regardless of whether quarterback Tom Brady plays for the Patriots in 2020, they’ll be taking a significant salary-cap charge under his name.

Based on a report from Albert Breer of SI.com that Brady’s new deal includes a signing bonus of $20.25 million, the proration dynamic pushed two thirds of that amount out of 2019 and into future years. With the contract voiding after 2019, that two-thirds chunk of the bonus ($13.5 million) will hit the cap in 2020.

Coupled with a $1.75 million base salary, $1 million in per-game roster bonuses, and $12 million in cap charges for bonuses previously paid to Brady, his cap number for 2019 drops from $27 million to $21.5 million, a cap savings of $5.5 million.

If Brady re-signs for 2020, that $13.5 million in dead money will be the starting point for his cap number. Which means that he’d likely sign another multi-year deal aimed at further kicking the can into future cap seasons.

20 responses to “New Tom Brady contract pushes $13.5 million in cap space to 2020

  1. “Regardless of whether quarterback Tom Brady plays for the Patriots in 2020, they’ll be taking a significant salary-cap charge under his name.”

    Pretty sure almost every team has significant dead money towards the cap every year, on the order of 10-15 million. Its the nature of these contracts and that players want large signing bonuses, and then are often cut before the contract is completed.

  2. Just as long as they don’t cheat the salary cap like the Broncos did for 2 years to get their Lombardi’s then I’m fine with how it works out

  3. Pretty sure almost every team has significant dead money towards the cap every year, on the order of 10-15 million. Its the nature of these contracts and that players want large signing bonuses, and then are often cut before the contract is completed.

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    yep. cost of doing business

    a good gm plans for about 10 mil in that area

  4. Slightly less than 20 years ago detractors would make the claim (whiny voice) “The Patriots don’t spend any money on anyone.”

  5. The ONLY REASON that Brady isn’t locked up 100% from now till he’s 45 is because of the pending CBA & possibility of a work stoppage……once that is all hammered out, the Pats & Brady will get the fine points of an extension all worked out….. that plan could, however, change if Brady wins his 7th ring & decides to call it quits at 42…… but my guess, if he’s still feeling good after 2019, & the CBA GETS HANDLED, regardless of 2019’s outcome, he’ll come back to play for the Pats as long as he can……

  6. When he signs, it isn’t “dead money” anymore. It’s part of the salary. In fact only half of that is part of his salary. the rest is pushed to the next year (the last of the two year extension)

  7. All the buzz today is TB12 will be a free agent after the 19 season. He may end his career elsewhere….BB has done it before he may send him packing.

    Stop it.

    Tom will be playing for the pats at least 2 more seasons probably 3.

    He will retire a Patriot when he is ready to PERIOD.

    His current contract is not an insight into something else..nor is the impending sale of his house.

    TB12 is all in and will be until he’s not.

  8. Does anyone really believe that the Patriots would slip money under the table or send a bagman over with unmarked $100.00s so to stay below the salary cap? Nah, every thing is on the up and up.

  9. Pretty sure almost every team has significant dead money towards the cap every year, on the order of 10-15 million. Its the nature of these contracts and that players want large signing bonuses, and then are often cut before the contract is completed.
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    While I agree with the thesis, it just isn’t true (based on 2019 numbers as they currently stand.) 18 teams have dead money against the cap that is under $10 million. The Patriots are on of those teams. 8 teams have over $20 million in dead money.

  10. I guess it’s a good thing the Cap goes up every year. As an example the cap was 177 Mil in 2018 and is 188 mil for 2019. The cap has gone up at least 10 mil a year for the last 6 years. So to summarize…… Big Deal, this is just another smart move by the Pats. More money to spend this year in case they want to rework somebody elses contract.They seem to do this every year.One thing the Pats never have to worry about is cap problems

  11. Now thats a nice chunk O cheddar to see rolling across your direct deposit.Still got a weird feeling he may end his career with his home town team The 49ers.and poor Jimmy G is his back up again.Who knows,lets get through 2019 first.

  12. 24601jvj says:
    August 6, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Does anyone really believe that the Patriots would slip money under the table or send a bagman over with unmarked $100.00s so to stay below the salary cap? Nah, every thing is on the up and up.
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    I would be one of those $100s that this is not the ONLY conspiracy theory you believe in.

  13. Mike you continue to push the narrative that the the Pats are in a weakened position with Brady’s new deal. Brady is the one who is about to play his age 42 season and this deal gives him a deserving raise, creates some cap space and future years are voided meaning it’s a one year deal. This is all in the teams favor. The only thing the Pats need to worry about is finding the next guy. No small task.

  14. All of this speculation and fear mongering about Brady leaving when this contract structure makes perfect sense:

    1. He’s 42 and anything can happen in a given year. Makes sense that both sides want to do an annual assessment.
    2. The new CBA terms are yet to be nailed down. Makes sense for both sides to have the flexibility to take advantage of new terms.
    3. When Brady retirees, any deferred salary cap hit will be offset by starting a QB on a cap friendly rookie contract. Makes sense to keep pushing out the cap hit while giving Brady every opportunity to win another ring.

  15. At what year (age) will the Patriots not want to keep money into the future? This sounds like the beginning of the end.

  16. Another team-friendly agreement from Brady. Being GM is easy when the greatest QB ever has left $60 mil on the table for you over the years to bolster the roster. $8 mil is cheap to keep the GOAT under your control for another 2 years.

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