What's noteworthy about Brady's new contract is that he stands to collect just $27 million over the three years, which essentially is half of his market value. It's the second time in Brady's career that he has left a stack of money on the bargaining table in order to give the Patriots a competitive advantage.
Consider it just another perk of enjoying a supermodel for a spouse.
We shouldn't bend over backwards to turn Brady into a good Samaritan, however. The extension -- which is guaranteed, a source told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport -- gives Brady the security of at least $41 million that won't be ripped up by the Patriots at a later date.
Here are Brady's numbers against the salary cap:
2013: $13.8 million
2014: $14.8 million
2015: $13 million
2016: $14 million
2017: $15 million
The logical implication is that the 2013 cap savings will be used toward a new contract for free agent -- and Brady friend -- Wes Welker. Or the Patriots could let Welker walk and devote some of those funds toward a player such as wide receiver Mike Wallace. Monday's news means the Patriots will be players in free agency.