First Tom Brady wants to be a lower-paid quarterback. Now he wants to lay low when it comes to talking about his restructured pact with the Patriots.
John Dennis, co-host of WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Show, contacted Brady recently to ask if the star QB if he would appear on the morning talk show he makes his weekly in-season appearances on. Dennis hoped Brady would come on air to explain his decision to accept three-year, $27 million contract extension that is by all accounts well under the market value for a marquee NFL quarterback on the fast track to the Hall of Fame.
Brady chose not to speak on air, but he did offer Dennis an explanation via e-mail on his decision to stay quiet on the topic of his salary.
“I don’t want to talk about this on the radio or anywhere else for that matter,” Brady wrote to Dennis. “Athletes are always talking about money at a time when everyone else is struggling so badly to make it. We all make way more than our fair share. And I just think it reflects poorly on myself and my teammates. I really do just want to win, and that has and will continue to be the reason that motivates me and is the biggest factor in my decision-making process.”
Brady’s restructured deal gives the team more flexibility to sign other key players, including Brady’s favorite target, wide receiver Wes Welker, who is reportedly negotiating with the team on an extension as well.