For the past year, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have been entangled in the incident now known as Deflategate, where the team and the quarterback himself were accused of tampering with footballs before the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 season.
The NFL attempted to suspend Brady at the start of the 2015 season for his rumored involvement/knowing of the lower PPI levels in the team's footballs, but after going through the courts, this suspension was revoked. The quarterback didn't miss a single game.
One season later, and the 38-year-old has now signed a new a two-year extension with the Patriots that will keep him under contract until 2019. However, the numbers in this contract will protect him from any future rulings from Deflategate as the NFL is looking to appeal the rulings made last September.
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Brady's previous base salary was $9 million for 2016, but now after the extension, it has decreased to only $1 million for this coming season and the next.
What this means is, according to Spotrac, if the quarterback is suspended, he will only lose $58,823 per week, rather than $529,411.
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So if the four-game suspension - which was what the NFL wanted to impose on the four-time Super Bowl winner at the start of last season - was reinstated, Brady would only lose a couple hundred thousand dollars in lost salary, instead of $2 million plus.
Some will have noticed that this newly structured deal sees the New England quarterback earning less money than Brock Osweiler, but I doubt he is too overly concerned about that.
His two-year extension sees him earn $41 million in new money, carrying cap hits of $14 million, $14 million, $22 million and $22 million across the next four seasons.
Brady has no guaranteed money and would only be a $14 million dead cap hit in 2018, so there's the option for the Patriots to pull out of the deal then if they choose to do so. If they did, it's difficult seeing a character like Brady play for another NFL team. The guess would be he would retire if it came to that situation.
Then again, the Patriots quarterback has said he would like to play in the league for many years to come, so it's anyone's guess where he might finish off his career. In the meantime, the NFL won't be taking that much money away from him if they do win the decision to suspend him again.