"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Almost 60 million dollars for 3 years, including the signing bonus. Not bad!
And he screwed over Joe Flacco if he gets franchised tag in the process. God, I love Tom Brady...
....they talked about this very thing, oddly enough (LINK).
"The Ravens have until March 4 to decide whether to make Flacco their exclusive franchise player, at a cost of $19.63 million against the salary cap for the 2013 fiscal year, or a nonexclusive franchiste tender of $14.6 million."
The cap figure is actually reduced, according to the article, because Brady took less in 2013. All the same, Flacco's agent seems to want Baltimore to somehow make Flacco the highest-paid QB in the league, which would mean more than the annual average of contracts like those of Drew Brees and Peyton Manning (numbers in the article).
Although I do think he's overrated, I can't imagine he gets that non-exclusive offer. Baltimore can't afford to lose him.
There has to be more than a few teams that would pony up two first round picks to have him as their QB. I know he doesn't have a big wow factor, but how many teams, especially bad teams, screw up their first round picks anyway.
If I were a team like Jacksonville, Arizona, Cleveland, Minnesota, Oakland, Tennessee, or Miami, I would give up two first rounders and not even think twice about it. This isn't meant to be a totally inclusive list, but an example of teams that have question marks at QB.
First round picks are not guarantees, so give 'em up, plug Flacco into your line-up and get on with the gettin' on.
The other interesting note is that the Lions and Stafford are negotiating a new deal that is expected to lock him up for several more years and also lower his cap hit for 2013. That will also have a negative effect on Flacco's franchise #.
Guarantees he retires as a Patriot now. Good for him. Now go out and win another superbowl before you hang it up
And then come back and go to Michigan games after you retire. Bring Gisele.
Well he could work for the league minimum really. The fact is his wife makes more money than he does.
I do think a deal like this is good for Football. Just doesn't seem right to me. Just look at Bobby Bonilla.
for other QB's to dislike Tom...first Gisele, and now he lowers the Franchise Tenders for all QB's in the league.
Tom is all-powerful.
EDIT: I hit 100 points with this post. YAY!
The 'destroying sandcastles boy' in me wants to downvote you just to well...aww never mind happy Friday and Go Blue! +1 to you for a guilty conscious