Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/1/13

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures as he lines up in the shotgun formation against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady reached a new contract agreement earlier this week.The new deal guarantees the future Hall-of-Famer a larger bonus, but the Patriots have more cap space to work with which is something several teams might now expect from their quarterbacks.Brady’s new contract is for five years, $57 million. The quarterback will receive $30 million of his contract through signing bonus payments over his first three seasons, according to RotoWorld.com.This means even if he never plays another down because of injury or any other reason, the Patriots will owe Brady $30 million. The contract expires after the 2017 season, and the quarterback will be 40 years old.Whether or not fans look at Brady as an unselfish teammate or as scourge looking for more guaranteed money, the fact remains this new deal gives the Patriots more than $23 million in cap space. The additional money will likely be used to improve a weak secondary that ranked 29th in passing yards...
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