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Could a door be opening for Brady deal?

Posted by Albert Breer  May 4, 2010 09:40 PM

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Based on the fact that Philip Rivers, Eli Manning and Jay Cutler all signed deals worth about $15 million per year in the last eight months, it's not far fetched to think the NFL MVP would get $20 million a season.

So if Peyton gets $20 million per season, it stands to reason that Brady would get that much.

Let's say, for the sake of having round numbers, the Patriots quarterback is to get $100 million over the next five years. Then, take that figure of $47.5 million in base salary, and you have $52.5 million you have to make up in bonus money.

And that's without knowing what kind of penalties the league will retroactively put on signing bonuses if a new CBA is struck and the cap returns in 2011.

That deal could then be cap-crippling, and that's why this negotiation, when compared to Manning's, isn't apples-to-apples at all. There's a perception out there that the quarterbacks could be involved in a high-stakes game of Contract Chicken over the next few months (Drew Brees could be getting a deal, too), but the truth is that the situations are very different.

That brings us back to Patrick Willis. If Willis's deal exploits a loophole, and that loophole holds up with the league, it could make it easier for Brady (and a lot of other veterans) to get the contracts they'd want.

So you can bet there are some people down Rt. 1 who'll be paying close attention to this one.
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