Tom Brady signs 3-year extension with the New England Patriots for $27M

Tom Brady signs a 3-year deal for $13M less than the one Mark Sanchez signed a year ago

2/25/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) prepares to make a pass during the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY SportsIn the ultimate show of unselfishness in sports, Tom Brady has signed an extension that will essentially make him a New England Patriot for life.

The QB has signed a 3-year extension that will keep him in New England until 2017, and pays him only $27M.

In comparison, Mark Sanchez received a 3-year deal for $40M about a year ago, after the Jets missed out on Peyton Manning.

Brady is one of the all-time greatest QBs ever to step on the gridiron. Sanchez lost his starting job to guys who might not even be on a roster next year.

This puts added pressure on the Patriots to work out a deal with Brady's favorite target, free agent WR Wes Welker. In 6 seasons so far with the Patriots, Welker has led the league in receptions 3 times, and caught for 1000 or more yards 5 times. In the last two seasons, Welker combined for 240 catches and 2923 yards.

This deal saves the Patriots around $15M against the salary cap over the next two seasons, which gives them a nice amount of flexibility to improve their team elsewhere.

Brady has said that he wants to play until he's 40, and this deal keeps in him New England through that age, and also helps the Patriots stay competitive throughout the rest of Brady's career, theoretically.

This is a great move for the Patriots, and a great move for Brady, who has no problem making money off the field, and wants nothing more than for his team to win.
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