Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is heading into the final year of his contract, and while one would have to believe that a contract extension should be in the works, a report on the NFL Network Friday morning certainly raises an eyebrow.
As fans in New England know, Brady has never been a guy who demanded to be the highest paid guy in the league.Â He signed a $60-million extension back in 2005 that runs through this season, with a base salary of around $5 million for 2010.Â The interesting thing is that Peyton Manning is up for a contract extension as well out in Indianapolis, and according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network a deal is expected to get done in the next month or so.Â According to LaCanfora Manningâ€™s salary is expected to be somewhere around $20-million per season.
Now the question is, what does that mean when Bradyâ€™s time comes?
Obviously itâ€™s doubtful that Bradyâ€™s going to be seeking that much money, but the odds of him getting anywhere near that are going to be difficult.Â As LaCanfora pointed out, due to the â€ś30% Ruleâ€ť, trying to get Brady a deal that makes sense will likely require a creative contract which will include front-loading most of it.Â
We all know that Brady has taken less to make sure the team can surround him with talent and give them the best chance to win a championship, and as a result theyâ€™ve won three while Manning has only ever won one.Â Needless to say the formula of using such a high percentage of their salary cap on him hasnâ€™t exactly worked out so well for the Colts.Â Nevertheless Iâ€™m sure Bradyâ€™s agent is going to use Manningâ€™s deal as a benchmark in the negotiations when he does finally sit down with the Patriots to hammer out a new deal for his client.
In the end one would have to believe theyâ€™ll find a way to get it done to keep #12 in a Patriots uniform.Â The only question seems to be â€śhowâ€ť theyâ€™ll work around things to make the numbers work.Â Itâ€™s certainly an interesting topic of discussion for a Friday.