View Full Version : Kraft Insists Brady Deal Won't Be Re-Done

03-04-2013, 02:11 PM

Excerpt: "The backlash surely was stronger than the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/1163/tom-brady) had anticipated. Via carefully leaked partial details, Brady’s new contract was sold as a team-first gesture by a player who had opted to take less.

Initially, it worked. To the casual fan (and to the zealous fan with only a casual knowledge of how NFL contracts work), news of the three-year, $27 million extension that cleared $15 million in cap space over the next two years created the unmistakable impression that Brady was taking less — not only in the future, but now.

The full truth, which emerged one day (and, in today’s world, multiple news cycles) later, told a different story. Instead of earning $30 million over the next two years, Brady will be getting $30 million right now, along with an extra $3 million. As a result, Brady and the Patriots quickly were criticized by many for trying to pull a fast one in the characterization of the contract.

Yes, Brady eventually will be taking less starting in 2015, when his compensation will be $7 million. But few believe that, if Brady is playing at a high level, the deal will be honored as written.Patriots owner Robert Kraft insists that it will be.

“No, no, no (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20130304/joe-flacco-tom-brady-peter-king-monday-morning-quarterback/?sct=hp_wr_a2&eref=sihp),” Patriots owner Robert Kraft told Peter King of Sports Illustratedregarding the possibility of another new contract. “This is a real deal. Look at our track record. We don’t do fake deals. The contract we have with Tom Brady is a real contract we will both live by.”

The problem for the Patriots is that, if Brady continues to play at a high level over the next two years and the deal isn’t reworked, suspicions will persist that Kraft and Brady likewise brokered a wink-nod side deal that will kick in once Brady’s career ends. The fact that Kraft laid out this contract directly with Brady on a long plane flight, bypassing agent Don Yee, will serve only to increase those suspicions." Read more...