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Tom Brady has two good reasons why he's OK earning less with Patriots

Tom Brady has two good reasons why he's OK earning less with Patriots

Tom Brady is the most successful player in the NFL. So, why do 17 NFL quarterbacks earn a higher average salary than the six-time Super Bowl champion's $15 million per year?

The New England Patriots quarterback was asked the "money" question again Thursday night during an appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" And to his credit, he gave a relatively candid answer.

"That's a good question. That's usually, when I don't want to answer a question, I always say, 'That's a good question,' " Brady said after Kimmel asked why he isn't the highest-paid player in football.  

"I think the thing I've always felt for me in my life, winning has been a priority. And my wife [model Gisele Bundchen] makes a lot of money. I'm a little smarter than you think."

Brady is right about his wife: Gisele retired from runway modeling four years ago but earned $10 million in 2018, according to Business Insider, which puts the power couple's net worth at $580 million.

The 41-year-old QB added he's happy to take a pay cut if it means more to spend on quality talent.

"Actually, it's a salary cap," Brady said. "You can only spend so much and the more that one guy gets is less for others. And for a competitive advantage standpoint, I like to get a lot of good players around me."

It's a notable answer considering Brady is entering the final year of his contract with a scheduled $27 million cap hit, the highest of his career. A restructure or extension could happen at some point before the season, but our Tom E. Curran reported in late March that no deal is imminent.

Brady has valued the Patriots' success over maximum financial gains to this point, and his comments suggest he'll find a way to make things work this time around, too.

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NFL Power Rankings: How the AFC stacks up after Week 6

NFL Power Rankings: How the AFC stacks up after Week 6

I’ve always felt Columbus Day is the general line of demarcation in an NFL season. The sample size has gotten big enough so that teams know what’s an actual strength or weakness and not a false positive. Nobody’s a finished product by any stretch but this next stretch between now and Thanksgiving is when reality kicks in for pretty much everyone. For a lot of teams in the AFC, it already has.

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Patriots work out free agent receiver Quincy Adeboyejo and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins ahead of Week 7

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Patriots work out free agent receiver Quincy Adeboyejo and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins ahead of Week 7

Ahead of their Week 7 matchup against the Jets, the Patriots reportedly worked out free agent wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins, according to Howard Balzer.

Adeboyejo, a 6'3, 197-pound wideout from Ole Miss, went undrafted in 2017 and spent a season on the Ravens practice squad before getting waived with a non-football injury designation.

He then caught on with the Jets late in training camp this year but was cut nine days after he signed. Adeboyejo played four seasons at Ole Miss, totaling over 1,400 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. His best season was his junior year in 2015, where he caught 38 passes for 604 yards and seven touchdowns. He did run a 4.43 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Draft Combine, so if the Patriots are looking for a speed threat on the outside, he could theoretically stretch a defense. 

Pipkins is another undrafted free agent from the 2017 NFL Draft. The 25-year-old corner played three seasons at the University of Louisiana Monroe before he transferred to Oklahoma State for his final collegiate season. 

Pipkins then spent the 2017 season on the Packers and recorded six tackles in his debut. He was then traded to the Colts, released and claimed off waivers by the Lions, waived again and then signed with the Browns practice squad at the end of the 2018 season. Pipkins was cut by the Browns at the end of this year's training camp. 

It's unlikely the Patriots sign either player, but they do have a need at wide receiver and Bill Belichick has a history of snagging former Browns players, so they're at least doing their due diligence to possibly find another diamond in the rough. 

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