Tom Brady proved once again this season that he remains the driving force behind the New England Patriots, his 4,109 yards and 33 touchdowns helping the team to a 12-4 record and the NFC East title.
And having helped set his team up with the chance of Super Bowl glory, Tom Brady this week made a move that has the potential to secure the Patriots' stance as one of the NFL's top teams.
Brady and the Patriots this week announced that the quarterback has restructured his deal with the franchise.
It's not the first time the veteran has done this, but this time around it will give New England an extra $24 million they will hope to use in persuading several key figures to sign new deals in Foxborough.
The new deal sees Brady forgo a complete guarantee on the $24 million owed to him through to the 2017 season. Instead the money is now only guaranteed if Brady goes down injured for good over the next three seasons. The QB will receive an extra $1 million per season for this calculated risk.
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In reality this means that Brady will miss out on pay if the Patriots do the unthinkable and cut the best player in franchise history but the benefits are more obvious when it comes to the Patriots' offseason plans.
Money to play with
Without having to factor in that $24 million immediately in a separate account the Patriots front office suddenly gone more room to manoeuvre - specifically in the upcoming offseason.
With players such as Darrelle Revis, Shane Vereen and Stephen Gostkowski all upcoming free agents it certainly gives the Patriots a better chance of creating an appealing package.
Ultimately with Brady getting a little bonus for his troubles it is a good deal all round. The Patriots are already profiting from Brady's hometown discount deal and this latest move only further shows the teamwork between star and franchise as they look to remain on top.
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