Tom Brady's Perspective on His New Deal

On Wednesday morning, WEEI host John Dennis was hoping to have the recently extended Tom Brady on his radio show; however all he received was an e-mail response from Brady. In the response Brady explained "I don’t want to talk about this on the radio or anywhere else for that matter, Athletes are always talking about money at a time when everyone else is struggling so badly to make it. We all make way more than our fair share. And I just think it reflects poorly on myself and my teammates."

Brady also said in the e-mail "I really do just want to win, and that has and will continue to be the reason that motivates me and is the biggest factor in my decision-making process." I, for one, am glad to have a quarterback that isn’t all about the money he can grab from our team and to be honest it is too rare; in fact, I can’t even think of another example of a quarterback signing an extension for, potentially, half of his market value. Can we also realize an athlete just admitted what everyone in this world thinks? Athletes are extremely overpaid, and though they deserve the money, it’s nice to hear one be grateful for a change.

Stories are surfacing since yesterday that Brady got paid more in the short term so he didn’t actually do the team a favor, but he did. When last season, 37 year old Peyton Manning, coming off of a neck injury, received 18 million per year, Brady will be that same age making 9 million. The guaranteed money is a nice luxury that Manning doesn’t have on his deal, but you have to look at the overall picture when discussing the topic. Brady hamstrung himself for his future in free agency, basically opting to never be a free agent again; ultimately, this negates him the opportunity to get paid market value because he will never hit the market.

Brady in the short term didn’t lose anything, but now he has to trust a billionaire owner to do what’s right if at the age of 37, Brady is still shredding defenses like the present. News flash for you, that is giving something up.

Josh Brown