There have been talks recently discussing Tom Brady and his current frustrations with his contract situation in New England. It has become somewhat clear that the front office has no interest in doing anything about it this year, probably due to the uncertainties of next year’s season.
Tom is under contract throughout the 2010 season and would be very difficult to trade for him, unless he refused to play, giving another team much more leverage. Tom is a classy guy and will most likely not hold out durring camp and the Pats will most likely wait to pay him next year at some point in the summer.
So what is so outlandish? Make Tom the highest payed QB of all time. Pay him more than the looming Peyton Manning contract and do whatever it takes. Brady is in the final year of a six-year, $60 million extension that he signed in 2005. When Brady signed the extension, it made him one of the league's highest-paid players. Because the extension was front-loaded, Brady was scheduled to earn "only" a $3.5 million base salary in the final year, as well as a $3 million roster bonus, well below market value for a player of his caliber. (Manning, in contrast, is scheduled to earn a base salary of $15.8 million this year.)
The Sam Bradford effect: Reports predict that Sam will fetch somewhere around the 18 to 20 million a year range. Say he hits 20 million, which means Manning receives something slightly above that range, say 22 - 23 million. This contract will probably be a 6-year deal brings the grand total to 138 million.
I say we offer Tom more than whatever the Pats are willing to give next year. I don't think they will offer him more than Manning so a 6-year contract totaling 150 million would do the trick. The outcome of the Pats season and our season will also be important to the decision. If the Pats do not make the playoffs this year and we win say 8 games, it would be much more plausible of a decision.
Crazy? Outlandish? Possible?
I’m not naive enough to think this would actually happen, but it is fun to think about and would really shake up the AFC East.