Brady may have taken less, but he was still one of the higher paid QBs. He just never held out to be the highest - like Peyton and Brees have. Now the gap between highest paid and Brady is very big. Brady was in the bottom half of QB salaries last year. Inferior players like Stafford, Carr, Goff, and others are making more than him. Of course he’s not happy about that. Those connected to him like Curran have been saying it for a year. Why else would he insist on the ability to be a FA if he was happy with his contract?