Posted by Will Brinson
Tom Brady's car crash this morning was certain to expedite his contract talks with the New England Patriots, given how bad the accident could actually have been. Sure enough, the Pats and Brady finalized an extension some time today.
The deal, announced by Sports Illustrated's Peter King at halftime of the Saints-Vikings game, will be official starting Friday and keep Brady on the Patriots roster until 2014.
"[Bob Kraft] wouldn't discuss terms with me," King said. "But I think it's safe to say that on a per-year basis, Tom Brady now becomes the highest-paid player in NFL history at about $19 million per year."
Dan Patrick and Tony Dungy immediately made the first point that came to my mind -- Brady won't last long in that spot, as Peyton Manning just figured out what the minimum amount of money is he'll be asking for.
Manning will have to shoot high though -- Clark Judge has some specifics on the contract. The new deal will pay Brady an average of $18 million over the next four years and includes a whopping $48 million in guaranteed money.
You almost have to wonder just how close Brady and the Patriots were in their previous talks; as we'd noted, there were multiple reports earlier in the week that the two sides were close.
I ask that only because it's incredible negotiating luck to have your car get tattooed by a reckless Bostonian running a red light in their minivan, then walk away unscathed and right into a new extension that makes you the highest-paid player in the NFL.
Given Brady's career path though, anything less would actually be disappointing.
Update (10:23): Tom Curran notes that the "accident really shook" Brady up and the deal was signed this afternoon. Perhaps most importantly, it comes in at around $78 million in total money.
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