Found February 27, 2013 on Boston's Bettah:
Tom Brady’s contract extension was all about keeping the team first and foremost While I was stumbling around campus in a sick daze that prevented me from processing thoughts in my head, I ran into a friend of mine by the name of Greg Walsh. Our meeting was fleeting as he was headed in the opposite direction that I was. He had a chance to say one thing to me. “He’s for the team Chris. Always about the team.” Greg is another one of these Washington area New England transplants, so I picked up what he was talking about right away. It was Tom Brady, the Patriots’ quarterback who signed a contract extension recently to officially make him a “Patriot for life”. More importantly, while it pays Brady an absurd amount of signing bonus money, it spreads Brady’s salary cap hit and opens up about $20 million in salary cap space in 2013. Going by market value, Tom Brady is going to collect only about half of his worth over the next three years of his contract. For Brady, this is not an unprecedented move. He has left money on the negotiating table before in order to give the Patriots a better chance. It is all unprecedented given the current sports landscape, one in which even borderline stars search out “max” contracts in order to provide financial security, but also obtain the notoriety of being one of the highest paid players in their league. That does not matter to Tom Brady. To him, it is all about the rings, all about making the team all it can be. Before the contract extension, the Patriots were in a tough spot. They had little cap space to use and they had valuable players to resign and holes to fill. There was even talk that the Patriots might not have been able to utilize their franchise tag since it would put them into cap penalties. Creative accounting would have been required to get the Patriots what they needed. Mission accomplished there. In reality, Brady was the perfect guy to ask to restructure his contract. Forgotten now that he has is Uggs Boots and Under Armour advertising spots and is a growing face as a fashion icon is that Brady is still the “Golden Boy”. It can be seen in every “Sound Fx” segment on NFL network when the Patriots are involved. More than anything, Brady still loves to compete, to win at the highest level. Plus, he hates losing. Sports are one of the few entertainment outlets where emotion is not staged. Brady can be seen after every loss, head down with slumped shoulders. He has a look of sadness, but with a hint of anger. It is a look that screams “How did we let this team get the best of us? How did they get away with winning this game?” He loves to win, but more than anything, he hates to lose, and that is important. Which is why Tom Brady agreed to the contract extension. Brady knows his time is running short and he wants to win. He is for the team, always has been and always will be. He will do whatever is necessary to make sure the team has the best chance to win each and every week.
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