The devil isn’t the only thing in the details. Often, so is the money. So before my colleague Gerry Callahan finishes elevating Tom Brady to Mother Teresa status, one needs to know what the contract extension Brady just signed really says.

It will take a few days before those details are available (leaked, that is), but the idea that Brady agreed to a massive pay cut over the next two seasons for the good of the team is more than likely unlikely.

What is likely is that he actually received a $3 million raise in immediate money and then had a large percentage of the contract’s overall value given up front in the form of guarantees, thereby turning wages into bonuses that may be paid up front but for accounting purposes can be spread over the length of the new deal (five more years), thus reducing the short-term cap hit while Brady nets a short-term raise.