Ever wonder what sets New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady apart from everyone else in the NFL? While most players and teams are fighting for money, Brady just wants to win. Even if that means giving up money.
From Boston Globe:
Tom Brady agreed to a restructuring of his contract with the Patriots within the last week, a league source confirmed Wednesday night.
By doing so, he saves New England $7.2 million against the salary cap for the coming season, but his cap number in 2013 and 2014 now will be higher.
Under the original terms of the four-year contract extension he signed in 2010, which went into effect last season, Brady’s base salary for 2012 was to be $5.75 million. Now, according to NFL Players’ Association documents, his base salary will be $950,000.
The remaining $4.8 million was combined with the $6 million roster bonus Brady was to earn on Feb. 15, 2013 and the $10.8 million total became a signing bonus that will be prorated over the final two years of the deal.
Brady initially was set to count $18.2 million against the salary cap in 2013 and ‘14, and that number now will increase to $21.8 million in each of those years.
Tom Brady restructured his contract saving his team over $7 mil in cap space. Why didn't Manning do this with the Colts? #Selfish
— Jimmy Tannehill (@JimmyTannehill) March 22, 2012
Tom Brady is the man..
— NateCito (@CitoBars) March 22, 2012
To all you Tom Brady haters, he just reconstructed his contract so HIS team would have more cap space. A TRUE LEADER sacrifices for his team
— Jared Kay (@Jared_the_Kid) March 22, 2012
Just found out that Tom Brady restructured his contract to help the #Patriots out in cap space! Good for him!
— Izzy Mercado (@Izzy15Mercado) March 22, 2012
Tom Brady asked NE 2 restructure his contract so he can save them money under cap- must really feel he needs more lineman- wonder why? 🙂
— That Is All (@sara_larson) March 22, 2012
I'm not a big fan of Tom Brady but what a classy guy to restructure his contract and give up 7.2 mil #champ
— Spencer Fuller (@su_spenceful) March 22, 2012
Tom Brady gave up $7million to make his team better next year. That's a man that's serious about his craft.
— dame (@the_great_dame) March 22, 2012
Tom brady just saved the pats offseason
— Dank Sinatra (@flazegod) March 22, 2012
Tom Brady saves his club a few million , the patriots are gonna be real this year .
— Olaf The Snowman ❄️ (@PapiScrilla) March 22, 2012
I love that in the midst of the Tebow and Manning soap operas, Tom Brady unselfishly restructures his deal to add cap room #PatriotWay
— Tom (@TommyDubbs46) March 22, 2012