Pat on the Head: Tom Brady's Generosity Is Only Exceeded by His Good Looks
What a guy.
Tom Brady took less money to ensure he would be a Pat for life, signing a three-year extension with the franchise that drafted him. Without getting into the multitude of zeroes, the bottom lines of the deal are thus:
- The Patriots get a two-year, $15million cap saving that can be spent re-signing good soldiers like Wes Welker and Sebastian Vollmer, or alternatively, on the purchase of a much much smaller video camera.
- Brady's extension involves less new money than those of fellow first ballot HOFers, Kevin Kolb and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
- New England will trade back-up Ryan Mallett, opening the way for JaMarcus Russell to be Brady's deputy.
- Brady continues to sleep with Gisele Bündchen
On the surface, this haircut seems like a gesture of extraordinary generosity, one completely at odds with the petulant, grandstanding manchild most associated with today's professional athletes. But, really, how difficult is it to give a little when you've got it as good as Tom Brady? If I was a lock for Canton, a staple with Forbes, in league with Satan, and sleeping with Gisele Bündchen, I'd be pretty willing to reach into my pocket, too.
Indeed, dig a tiny bit deeper and any semblance of 'Benevolent Brady' falls away. This deal is about greed. Greed for more titles. Greed for more legacy. Greed to surpass poor old Joe Montana, who got shafted by Steve Young, retired a Kansas City Chief, and doesn't get to sleep with Gisele Bündchen.
No, don't let this extension's facade of magnanimity sway you from the truth:
Tom Brady is a selfish bastard.