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07:50 AM ET 02.27 | Tom Brady's cap-friendly deal may, at the end of the day, be unfriendly for his fellow Patriots. He went from $30 million in guaranteed money to $57 million in guaranteed money, all of which he would receive even if he suffered a career-ending injury tomorrow. Take one for the team? Not really. Basically this is an accounting ruse that gave Brady more money, the team more cap room and his teammates less room to maneuver. ... As suspected what this deal did was further enrich Brady, enhance the team's negotiating flexibility and leverage and, knowingly or unknowingly, make it harder on his teammates to get paid market value for their services. Mother Teresa wandering the streets of Calcutta Tom Brady is not.

Boston Herald

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February 27, 2013  07:57 AM ET

Yeah! Brady will get more money in the end BUT it frees up valueable cap space now. Can't see how that is bad for his teammates.

And if he suffers a carrer ending injury can't he just retire and reduce that big cap hit at the end of the contract???

February 27, 2013  08:01 AM ET

The next time Ron Borges says something positive about the Patriots will be the first. This guy is an idiot.

February 27, 2013  08:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Yeah! Brady will get more money in the end BUT it frees up valueable cap space now. Can't see how that is bad for his teammates. And if he suffers a carrer ending injury can't he just retire and reduce that big cap hit at the end of the contract???

30 mil to sign ........show me where to sign.

February 27, 2013  08:05 AM ET

His teammates are the guys on the team now, so freeing up cap space means more money for them, not less. In particular, I think this points to the Pats being able to make Wes Welker an offer he can't refuse.

The future isn't here yet.

February 27, 2013  08:12 AM ET
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The next time Ron Borges says something positive about the Patriots will be the first. This guy is an idiot.

Yes he is, he's as big an idiot as you'll find. That $57 mil averages out to $11.4 per season...well below what other top-tier QBs are making. But according to Borges, Brady is greedy. What a tool...he's on the verge of making Shaugnessy sound reasonable.

February 27, 2013  08:13 AM ET
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The next time Ron Borges says something positive about the Patriots will be the first. This guy is an idiot.

You can't handle the truth?

February 27, 2013  08:15 AM ET

How does freeing up more cap space equate to his teammates having less room to maneuver in contract negotiations?

February 27, 2013  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

How does freeing up more cap space equate to his teammates having less room to maneuver in contract negotiations?

Ron Borges wrote the article...'nuff said.

February 27, 2013  08:21 AM ET
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30 mil to sign ........show me where to sign.

$3 mil signing bonus, not $30 mil.

February 27, 2013  08:23 AM ET

"More Cap Room" is bad news for team mates? That's weird Brady hating logic. Typical Boston sports press.

February 27, 2013  08:24 AM ET
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$3 mil signing bonus, not $30 mil.

$57 million in guaranteed money. Not bad for a 35 year old QB.

February 27, 2013  08:31 AM ET
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Not bad for a 35 year old QB.

Who's still one of the best in the NFL? Sounds about right, especially when you look at what other QBs are making. Manning signed for $96 Mil, coming off a lost season and with a questionable neck...and he's a year older.

February 27, 2013  08:35 AM ET
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Who's still one of the best in the NFL? Sounds about right, especially when you look at what other QBs are making. Manning signed for $96 Mil, coming off a lost season and with a questionable neck...and he's a year older.

They couldn't afford to keep Welker?

February 27, 2013  08:38 AM ET
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They couldn't afford to keep Welker?

Most people are figuring that this deal was made to free up some money to do just that. The deal lowers that Pats' cap hit...watch for a Welker deal soon.

February 27, 2013  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

$3 mil signing bonus, not $30 mil.

No, it was a $30 mil signing bonus payable between now and 2015.

February 27, 2013  08:42 AM ET
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No, it was a $30 mil signing bonus payable between now and 2015.

What is your source...I've seen $3 mil signing bonus.

February 27, 2013  08:45 AM ET
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What is your source...I've seen $3 mil signing bonus.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/26/tom-brady-gets-30-million- to-sign/related/

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/02/26/report-tom-bradys-contract-extension -includes-30-million-signing-bonus/

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/brady-gets-30-million-signing-190100978--nfl. html

February 27, 2013  08:46 AM ET

I'll bet a few other franchise QB's are already counting the money.

February 27, 2013  08:47 AM ET
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I'll bet a few other franchise QB's are already counting the money.

Somewhere Joe Flacco is giggling...

 
February 27, 2013  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Somewhere Joe Flacco is giggling...

So are a few others.

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