Tom Brady deal creates flexibility through ’17
Tom Brady wants to win another Super Bowl. So much so, he keeps putting cap space on the table for the Patriots to sign players to help put them over the top. Yesterday, the Patriots quarterback essentially gave coach Bill Belichick a gift. It came in the form of a three-year, $27 million contract extension through the 2017 season. The below-market-rate deal not only will help the Patriots the next two years in terms of the extra $15 million in salary cap space the new pact creates, but it will also provide desired room during the life of the contract. With the extension, the Pats have more wiggle room to sign high-profile free agents Wes Welker, Aqib Talib and Sebastian Vollmer, and, perhaps, one or two more outside the team’s circle if necessary. Suddenly, signing Ed Reed might not seem such a stretch if it doesn’t work out in Baltimore for the free agent. Think he’s not on Brady and Belichick’s wish list? Now the Pats have some capital to work with if Reed checks out on the Super Bowl winners.
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