Patriots owner Robert Kraft offers some interesting details about quarterback Tom Brady's three-year, $27 million contract extension and how it all came about in Peter King's “Monday Morning Quarterback” on SI.com which you can check out in its entirety here.
For those thinking it’s a phony deal, one that will be re-done in 2015, Kraft told King it was a “real deal” the two sides would both live by. The Pats “don’t do fake deals."
Kraft indicated in the piece he had been thinking about a deal for Brady that would keep him in New England until retirement for several years.
‘’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,’’ Kraft told King. ‘’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.''
Ultimately, Kraft proposed a rough outline of the deal to Brady on a flight to the west coast five weeks ago.
“I am glad we are able to take negotiations out of this relationship for the next five years. Look, I don't know what's going to happen in the next five years. No one can know,'' he said. ''But this move, strategically, helps us be in a position to win. We're going to spend to the cap. Tom knows that it's not like whatever we don't pay him we're putting in the Kraft family pocket. He gets it, and now he's rooting for us to make the right decisions in building the team. By the way, I have heard that it's been reported Tom made demands about who he wanted us to sign. Absolutely not. It never happened.