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Patriots can walk away from Brady contract

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08:01 AM ET 03.28 | Tom Brady quietly restructured his contract late last week, and the new arrangement underscores an unfortunate reality for NFL players: Numbers aren't always what they seem. In dropping his 2012 cap number from $15.2 million to $8 million, Brady received $10.8 million to sign and a reduced, but fully guaranteed, base salary of $950,000. But he has no guarantees beyond that. The Patriots can release Brady without consequence at any time before the fifth day of the 2013 league year. If they don't, his $9.75 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed. ... Then, if Brady is on the roster for the last game of the 2013 season, his base salary of $9.75 million for 2014 becomes fully guaranteed.

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March 28, 2012  08:07 AM ET
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Peyton Manning... Part two...

Oh hell no! Kraft is NO Irsay thank you!

March 28, 2012  08:10 AM ET

Yeah, and then they'll trade Welker for Blaine Gabbert to continue the dynasty.

Realistically, Brady is more likely to walk away from football than the Pats are to walk away from Brady.

March 28, 2012  08:13 AM ET
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Good thing. Brady's the kind of guy who will have his skills deteriorate quickly.

DNA?

March 28, 2012  08:14 AM ET

Who writes this stuff ?

March 28, 2012  08:14 AM ET

Whatever will he do after football? Poor guy.

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March 28, 2012  08:23 AM ET
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Whatever will he do after football? Poor guy.

I can think of one thing.

March 28, 2012  08:24 AM ET

$9.75M is a lot different than $28M. Sounds like Brady and NE are trying to avoid a Manning/Colts scenario.

March 28, 2012  08:26 AM ET

Two things 1, he deserves the 10.8 mil Bonus, 2. Their, not going anywhere withour Brady!!!
Good Job Tom, Well Done!

March 28, 2012  08:30 AM ET

Smart for the organization to have an easy out built in on an aging QB, but I don't see them dropping him any time soon, even if his heir-apparent is lurking on the bench. If his skills do diminish that badly, the team is ready.

March 28, 2012  08:41 AM ET

I'm more concerned about the Pats replacing an Andre Carter and a Mark Anderson who had 20 sacks combined last season.

March 28, 2012  08:47 AM ET
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I'm more concerned about the Pats replacing an Andre Carter and a Mark Anderson who had 20 sacks combined last season.

The Patriot defense is not suspect. We know they suck. I hope the Dark Lord has something up his sleeve for 2012.

March 28, 2012  08:52 AM ET
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I'm more concerned about the Pats replacing an Andre Carter and a Mark Anderson who had 20 sacks combined last season.

The Patriot defense is not suspect. We know they suck. I hope the Dark Lord has something up his sleeve for 2012.

March 28, 2012  08:54 AM ET
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Whatever will he do after football? Poor guy.

maybe his wife will support him.

March 28, 2012  08:56 AM ET
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I'm more concerned about the Pats replacing an Andre Carter and a Mark Anderson who had 20 sacks combined last season.

The Patriot defense is not suspect. We know they suck. I hope the Dark Lord has something up his sleeve for 2012.

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March 28, 2012  09:00 AM ET

Well I suppose Tom could get hit by a truck, otherwise I don't think he's too concerned about getting cut.

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