Tom Brady on new contract: “I really do just want to win”

February 27, 2013

Tom Brady has put his team in the best possible position to return to the AFC championship game.  (Elsa / Getty Images)

Everyone, it seems has an opinion on Tom Brady’s new contract extension with the New England Patriots.

Now, Brady himself has weighed in on his decision to take less money than he deserves in order to give the team room under the salary cap in which to sign other players. He chose to not actually speak, but to email WEEI radio, the station for which he does a weekly show.

“I really do just want to win, and that has and will continue to be the reason that motivates me and is the biggest factor in my decision-making process,” Brady wrote to WEEI’s John Dennis.

Brady reportedly is guaranteed $57 million in the new, three-year $27 million deal (with a $30 million bonus) that will keep him with the team through the 2017 season. ESPN reports that the deal clears up $15 million of cap space for the team over the next two seasons. Unlike other contracts, Brady’s is guaranteed against injury, but not against poor performance.

“I dont want to talk about this on the radio or anywhere else for that matter. Athletes are always talking about money at a time when everyone else is struggling so badly to make it,” he wrote. “We all make way more than our fair share. And I just think it reflects poorly on myself and my teammates.”

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