ATLANTA As the debate rages as to whether Tom Brady is selfless for signing a new contract for less than market value or whether Brady managed to enrich himself in the process, one thing seems certain: The deal did create cap room for the New England Patriots.
As reported by Sports Illustrated's Peter King, the deal will save the Patriots 15 million in cap relief over the next two seasons.
When a three-time Super Bowl winner like Brady signs a new deal, his actions are bound to have repercussions throughout the league.
Take the Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan, for example:
In some ways, the Falcons and Patriots are in similar situations. Both teams lost in their respective conference championship games. Both clubs were in desperate need of cap relief. Both franchises are trying to maintain as Super Bowl contenders for years to come, while being buffeted by the constraints of the cap.
Just last Friday, it was reported the Falcons plan to cut running back Michael Turner, a...