Tom Brady’s contract extension and renegotiation has created buzz all week, and one of the lingering questions is whether the NFL Players’ Association had concerns it might impact future deals.
A union source said the Players’ Association does not have a position on individual player contracts.
Brady signed a three-year extension that will likely keep him in New England until 2017. The reworked deal took $15 million off the Patriots’ salary cap for 2013 and ’14.
Brady got $3 million extra in the deal, essentially in the form of his base salaries for the next two seasons. His salaries in 2015, ’16 and ’17 are at $7 million, $8 million and $9 million, respectively.
The source said objectively the contract could be seen as below-market value for a top-level quarterback, but noted Brady did get a raise and the entire deal is basically guaranteed.
NFL players renegotiate often and for various reasons, the source noted.
If the Ravens had used the franchise tag on Joe Flacco, the number would have been reduced by about $800,000 because of Brady’s new contract, but Flacco and Baltimore agreed to terms on a contract for the Super Bowl MVP on Friday night.