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10 Questions: Is Brady's deal an issue?

Posted by Albert Breer  July 4, 2010 08:00 AM

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There are factors at work related to the CBA. The 30-percent rule shouldn’t stop a deal, but does limit how it can be structured. An extension signed now, too, can’t have bonus money spread out (option, roster bonuses can’t be used in these cases), which means, for both Manning and Brady, one, big, lump-sum signing bonus might be necessary to get the guaranteed dollars in order. That, of course, raises the risk that the team could be penalized, retroactively, if the cap returns in 2011 for a deal down now.

But let’s stop, step back and be real for a minute here. This is Tom Brady and Peyton Manning we’re talking about here. These aren’t the guys that you haggle with. These are the guys you take care of. And whenever the first one signs a new deal, the heat will be on the other quarterback’s team to follow suit.

One thing that’s obvious is that Brady’s camp hasn’t been enthused by negotiations to this point. You can also bet that, in light of what happened with Deion Branch in 2006 (a year after he signed his last deal), Brady’s closely following what’s happening with Logan Mankins. If Brady’s Pro Bowl left guard shoots his way out of town, you’re really left with one just cornerstone building block on the line for the next half-decade (Sebastian Vollmer), and that’s something to be considered.

There’s time to get this one done, of course. But there’s also a lot of ground to cover. Remember, Brady had never been inside of two seasons away from unrestricted free agency before. He’s now eight months from that. A 2011 franchise tagging seems to become a more likely scenario with each passing day.
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