According to ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss, Tom Brady has signed a three-year, $27 million contract that will keep him with the team through the 2017 season. The extension includes a $3 million signing bonus along with annual salaries of $7 million in 2015, $8 million in 2016 and $9 million in 2017. Tom Brady will be 40 years old when the contract expires.
The extension will reportedly clear almost $15 million in salary cap space for the Patriots in 2013 and 2014. This will help the Patriots continue to add pieces to a former Super Bowl team.
Brady has stated in the past that he wishes to remain with the Patriots until he’s becomes 40 years of age, and this contract will permit that. It’s also interesting the amount Brady will get with the contract. The contract amount is amazingly low, considering the contract Drew Brees received after the 2011 season, and the contract Joe Flacco is currently trying to receive from the Baltimore Ravens. Even Peyton Manning is getting paid nearly $18 million a year from the Denver Broncos.
However, Brady puts winning a championship #1 on his list of priorities. Brady probably also knows that winning one more Super Bowl could cement his as the best quarterback in a lot of people’s minds.
An important question to ask is if it’s a lack of talent that’s keeping the Patriots from winning another Super Bowl. It’s no secret the Patriots’ defense hasn’t been very good, but they’ve still been good in the playoffs. It has been the Patriots offense, led by Tom Brady, that hasn’t found a way to get things done, most notably in the past two years.
In Super Bowl XLVI, the Patriots had the ball in the middle of the 4th quarter up 17-15 and needed to get a touchdown to virtually end the game. A couple miscues later, the Giants got the ball back and scored a touchdown. The Patriots would end with 17 points offensively, a number that just won’t win many games.
This year int he AFC Championship, the Patriots were up 13-7 at halftime against the Baltimore Ravens. Their offense would not score another point for the rest of the game. That’s not good enough.
The Patriots can add all the pieces they want, but at the end of the day, it’s Tom Brady that needs to step up more late in games to give his team a better chance of winning another Super Bowl.