Tom Brady’s new contract extension has been debated ad nauseum. You already know how we feel about it, so there’s no reason to get into that again.
In a hollow attempt to show everyone that he’s getting to the bottom of the contract, King basically gives Kraft the platform to attempt to convince everyone that Brady’s contract should indeed be praised. And most importantly, it isn’t a fake deal.
“No, no, no,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft told me. “This is a real deal. Look at our track record. We don’t do fake deals. The contract we have with Tom Brady is a real contract we will both live by.”
Kraft said he had “been thinking about this for three or four years. I was probably wearing my fan hat as much as anything else. I just didn’t want to ever see this become like Joe Montana leaving San Francisco, Emmitt Smith leaving Dallas, Brett Favre leaving Green Bay, Peyton Manning leaving Indianapolis. If Tom Brady played out this current contract and left us, there was no doubt in my mind that someone out there would pay him top dollar, and they should, for his ability, his leadership and his unselfishness.
“I was just trying to stay ahead of the curve. If we were going to have to pay him elite-quarterback money and have elite-quarterback cap numbers, I just didn’t think we would be able to build a team. We don’t want to have a team where we’re paying 18 to 20 percent to a player on the cap. I wanted to do something elegant that would work for everybody. I had been talking to him off and on for maybe 18 months, about how I wanted him to finish his career here, and about how we both have to be smart about it. I just really want him to end his career a Patriot.”
Then, we get to hear about all the nonessential things about Brady like, how he takes care of his body and his healthy eating habits.
“I presented an idea to him that I thought could work for both sides. He takes care of his body in terms of exercise and working out and his food. Tom’s intake of food is, really, so healthy. He has a whole style of living that is so important to him … We’re taking a chance making this commitment, and he’s taking one, in terms of his ability to maximize pay. I just thought if winning is the most important thing to him, and I think it is, and it certainly is to our family, this gives us the best chance to win. Hopefully we have an elite quarterback that, even if his skills decline even a little bit, he’ll still be better than 90 percent of the quarterbacks in the league. And his legacy — I already believe he’s the greatest of all time — if we win one or two more, he can solidify that.”
And of course, Kraft pulls the jealousy card on anyone who questions the deal.
“These people don’t know the relationship between Tommy and this team,” he said. “Maybe they hate the Patriots, or they’re jealous. I understand the naysayers are out there, but we want to build a team capable of winning every year, and while this is not perfect in every way, we think this will help us get there.”
We’ll stop there because we’ve frankly had enough. But rest assured, it goes on and on. And still, we’re not convinced that Brady should be praised for taking the deal.
In fact, we know he shouldn’t be.