Brady's new deal lessens financial hit


Brady's new deal lessens financial hit

Tom Brady's contract extension with the Patriots, signed earlier this offseason, was structured in such a way that he wouldn't lose a large percentage of the money owed to him if his suspension was reinstated. 

Though it's not completely out of the realm of possibility that Brady plays in Week 1, now that we know his four-game suspension has been reinstated by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, it's worth taking a look at just how he'll be impacted financially. 

As part of Brady's deal, he converted $9 million in base salary for the 2016 season into a signing bonus and $1 million in base salary. Therefore, if Brady misses out on four game checks, he'll give up $235,941.17 instead of the $2.11 million he would have been docked had his previous deal still been in place, according to Pro Football Talk

With Brady continuing to perform as an MVP-caliber quarterback, it made sense for the Patriots to sign him through 2019 despite the fact that he'll be 39 years old at the start of this season.

Given that the salary-cap savings afforded the Patriots by Brady's extension are relatively negligible, keeping him in-house appears to have been the primary motivation for his new deal. That his bank account was somewhat protected with a four-game suspension still looming over his head seems to have been a nice side benefit, though. 

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.