The Super Bowl LI MVP woke up today and became $14 million dollars richer, literally.
Remember when Brady signed a two-year contract extension around this time last year? Well, that contract included a $28 million signing bonus, but $14 million of that was deferred to March 31, which is today. Brady will earn a base salary of $1 million, and $14 million in 2018 and 2019. He can also earn $1 million roster bonuses in the final two years.
The 39-year-old is signed through 2019, and he then becomes and unrestricted free agent. Barring any surprise trades in the upcoming weeks leading to the NFL draft, Brady’s contract could once again be re-visited next offseason when the organization will likely decide what to do with his backup quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo.
Given all that Brady has accomplished, and the fact he’s still the best quarterback in football, (even if he’s turning 40 in August) it would only be natural to assume that Brady is the highest-paid player in the league. Surprisingly, that isn’t the case.
Just to give you an understanding of Brady’s cap friendly deal and salary, Tony Romo, who lost his job, is ranked number one with a cap hit of 24,700,000. NFC champion quarterback Matt Ryan is ranked at number five with a cap hit of $23,750,000. One surprise is Miami Dolphins quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, who has a cap hit of $20,300,000.
So just when you thought the star quarterback’s life couldn’t get any better, the Patriots win the Super Bowl, he was handed the Super Bowl MVP by Roger Goodell, acquired new weapons in Brandin Cooks and Dwayne Allen via trade, the Patriots loaded up on talent on defense, and last but not least, he got a $14 million payday.
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