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Brady, Patriots agree on contract extension

Posted by Bill Koch on September 10, 2010

What a difference a day made on Thursday for Tom Brady.

He started it with a car accident and ended it by backing up the Brinks truck in Foxborough, agreeing with the New England Patriots on a contract extension that will keep him with the team until at least 2014.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter (who never gets these things wrong) reports that Brady will receive $72 million over the next four years, with $48.5 million guaranteed. That amount will make Brady the highest paid player in league history, surpassing Eli Manning. And yes, for those of you who are wondering, we can’t figure out why The Other Manning Brother was making that much in the first place.

There was no other way that these negotiations were going to end. Brady was the lone option for New England going forward after they traded Matt Cassel to Kansas City and after owner Robert Kraft publicly proclaimed his love for the quarterback who has brought his franchise three Super Bowl rings. Were you seriously ready to begin the Brian Hoyer Era? We didn’t think so.

Yes, we’ve ripped Brady before at Ramble On. We’ve questioned his commitment to football and to his team, and we’re not ready to back off those sentiments. Still, considering the circumstances, he gives New England the best chance to win in the immediate future. We only hope that he makes more like John Elway and not like his childhood idol, Joe Montana, and remains able to win championships well into his late 30s. If this contract is solely a career achievement award it is truly well deserved. It’s the perfect way for New England to start its 2010 season and we only hope that it motivates Brady to dedicate himself to the Patriots going forward.

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