In John Grisham’s latest novel, ‘The Racketeer,’ an unfairly disbarred lawyer concocts a clever scheme that not only gets him out of prison, but nets him about $8 million in a legal manner. The ex-lawyer and his girl friend get about half the money and use it to lead the good life for the rest of their lives on a Caribbean Island.
Word that Tom Brady had signed a contract extension yesterday that was extremely team friendly brought Grisham's book to mind. It doesn't take a $100 million contract to ensure financial security for life, although you wouldn't know that if you closely followed professional sports.
Even if Brady didn’t have a wife who makes as much or more money as he does, he long ago earned enough to take care of himself and his family for the rest of their lives. Since that’s the case, why not help his team? Why not help his teammates?
The new Brady contract reportedly will give the Patriots massive salary-cap relief.
Brady never has been a favorite of football fans outside of New England. Today that description might also include football players outside of New England. NFL players -- particularly high-end quarterbacks -- have to be quietly seething at Brady’s gesture because they know their fans will look at them and wonder why they’re not doing the same
Brady put his ego aside, which is something most pro athletes absolutely and positively cannot do. He doesn’t have to be the highest-paid quarterback. He is comfortable with his position in the game, as well he should be, and doesn’t need a dollar sign to prove it.
Players talk ad nauseum about wanting to win. None of them put wanting to win in front of wanting to make more money. That’s what Brady did and he did it in a very large way.
In Baltimore, Joe Flacco and his agent are in the process of squeezing every cent they can out of the Ravens organization, even if it wrecks the team’s salary cap and leaves no money for other players, which, in turn, could diminish the chances of repeating as Super Bowl champion.
According to one report, in order to put Flacco ahead of Drew Brees, who makes about $20 million a year, Flacco’s new deal would call for ``a $40 million signing bonus and a fully-guaranteed base salary of $5 million in 2013, and base salaries of $10 million in 2014, $13 million in 2015, $15 million in 2016, and $18 million in 2017.
Here is what Brady, who is a better quarterback than Flacco, agreed to with the Patriots, according to the Boston Herald: ``. . . a $3 million signing bonus, with escalating salaries of $7 million (2015), $8 million (2016) and $9 million (2017).’’
Think about that: Joe Flacco $40 million signing bonus; Tom Brady $3 million signing bonus.
Readers of this blog know that I hold Brady in the highest regard as a quarterback. I’ve never met the man, have barely been around him, but he sounds like a role model for other NFL players. Are you listening, Ben Roethlisberger?
No one should consider players ‘restructuring’ their contracts for the good of the team as some sort of humanitarian gesture. In almost all those cases, they’re helping themselves to more -- not less -- money.
The Steelers are somewhere in the vicinity of salary-cap Hell. Yet, no one expects any player to step up and make the kind of deal that Brady did to help the team. Nor do the Steelers expect such an offer.
Which makes you appreciate all the more what Brady did.
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Ron Borges, Boston Herald: Let's hold off on Brady's sainthood