When you look at leaders, it is really hard not to include Tom Brady. I know many hate him, I mean I am a Buffalo Bills fan and to be honest I hated him for a very long time. I do however think he is the greatest leader ever in the NFL.
There will be debates forever about who is the best, but when it comes to being selfish you can never call Tom Brady selfish.
Tom Brady has more Super Bowl victories and playoff wins because his ability to eat humble pie. Brady made 235.2 million dollars with the New England Patriots over 20 years. The crazy thing is he sacrificed 60 million dollars plus to help his team win Super Bowls.
Over the years, Tom Brady took contract extensions and restructured his contract to help the Patriots address other positions and according to the Business Insider, Brady sacrificed anywhere from 60 to 100 million dollars to win.
Right now, we are watching what a massive contract can do to a team with the Patrick Mahomes contract. Mahomes recently signed a 10 year contract worth 450 million dollars back in July, and made a whopping 63 plus million dollars fully guaranteed at signing, and he has 141 million guaranteed if injured.
This year alone Patrick Mahomes average salary will be 45 million dollars over the life of his contract. We know the salary cap will eventually go up but this year the cap did not go down due to the pandemic it actually went down 15.7 million dollars per team. So someone had to be the sacrificial lamb and unfortunately it was Mahomes starting offensive lineman. Yesterday, the Chiefs released his left and right tackle and announced they would not re-sign his starting center.
What does that mean? It means next season, Mahomes will be playing with three new offensive lineman. The Chiefs have a great team but this is not the time to start changing things up when you know it is working well. When we look at Tom Brady’s situation, Brady would have been a leader in this case. He has did this in the past, and I would not be shocked if he does it again before his playing career is up.
In 2002, Brady signed a four-year, $28 million contract. His next extension came in 2005. By this point, he had won three Super Bowls and was a 2-time Super Bowl MVP. It is safe to assume that by 2005, he could have started commanding top contracts.
In 2007, Brady took a restructured contract to help the Patriots make room for Randy Moss. He has also taken more money up front so the Patriots could re-sign key players. If Brady does not make those moves how many Super Bowls? Tom Brady’s unselfishness helped produce winners. This last year Brady made 25 million, and I am willing to bet Brady could easily make more than that in marketing if he wanted.
Think about it, Patrick Mahomes is Super Marketable as well. If Mahomes was to give money back to the Chiefs to help them keep their team together, they would continue to dominate the AFC. Mahomes could easily make 45 million dollars in marketing deals. At the end of the day, if Mahomes can help his team out, he can help add more free agents to his team and help them win. I bet he is already making close to that right now with all his commercials. Brady could easily make 100 million in marketing a year but he is picky. Quarterbacks should start doing this when it comes to their contracts. Think about legacy and money. You can have both.
BREAKING: TODAY TOM BRADY DID IT AGAIN
The Buccaneers and Tom Brady reached an agreement on a four year contract extension that voids to a one year extension, and the Buccaneers will pick up 19 million in cap space. Brady is under contract through 2022 but also gives the Bucs money to sign some free agents.
The question has been answered! Yes he would! UDPATE: