It’s The Tom Brady Mentality

March 12th, 2021


This Tom Brady is a different cat.

The Bucs’ park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking, tequila-shooting, waffle-grilling, trophy-throwing Bucs Super Bowl-winning quarterback is wired differently.

Wired to win.

It almost seems like Brady isn’t worried about a salary, so long as it is fair. If he had to take lesser pay to help his team squeeze in a few more players and make a Super Bowl run, then do it.

Would it surprise you if we saw photos/heard reports soon of Brady throwing passes to Chris Godwin or Mike Evans on the sand at Treasure Island or Pass-A-Grille? Heck no.

Shoot, the stories Joe hears about Brady sure do seem like the guy single-handedly turned around a moribund franchise into a Super Bowl champion. Joe has heard how Brady went into August position group meetings — not quarterback meetings — and told teammates what he expects of them and how they should do their jobs, right down to the minutia of how to place their feet.

Joe even heard how Brady explained to offensive linemen how many seconds he needs to read a defense if a rusher gets loose from the outside. Down to the tenths of a second! (Like an offensive lineman has a digital stopwatch with him on the football field. LOL)

Brady turned the Bucs from losers into winners in a snap. And those lessons so many young Bucs players are have learned from Brady will be passed down to future Bucs for a long time.

Joe was asked this morning on Twitter if the Bucs should induct Brady into the Ring of Honor at some point. That’s a total no-brainer for Joe.

Hell, yeah!

As you can see below, the Bucs redid Brady’s contract in a manner the team “never” does. That’s because the Bucs haven’t had a guy like Brady in the locker room since Derrick Brooks played.

39 Responses to “It’s The Tom Brady Mentality”

  1. Leighroy Says:

    They never do it, except 3 days ago when they did it for LVD?

    Teams around the league are doing things they “never” did before bc the salary cap hs dropped for seemingly the first time ever.

    A guy restructuring his contract does not take a pay cut either! Simply accepting salary as a bonus instead does t make you some kind of team-sacrificing swell guy.

  2. Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:

    Only Michael Jordan made me cry tears of joys more than Tommy

  3. youngbucs Says:

    Why couldn’t we have this guy for 20 years🥲

  4. GreedyRat Says:

    @Leighroy. you’re right, restructuring doesn’t mean you’re a “team-sacrificing swell guy” but not demanding to be the highest paid QB like Prescott did, and then claiming it’s because of some obligation he has to OTHER QB’s, certainly does.

  5. August 1976 Buc Says:

    The Brady Way was the main reason behind the Patriot Way. Wether team friendly contracts or his play on the field. Billy B’s 47% winning percentage (Browns & Pats) with out Brady is a not very stellar. It seems Brady is a relative of Al Davis “JUST WIN BABY” GO BUCS!!!!!

  6. buc15 Says:

    BACK TO BACK TO BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  7. Robert Says:

    WOW. so is he guaranteed the money now…ie. if he gets hurt, does he still get paid.

    if not, man that is going above and beyond.

  8. atlbuc28 Says:

    Brady is already taking a pay CUT, by not demanding 40 ML a year like Dak!

  9. cmurda Says:

    Shaq signing coming now. This changes everything with the cap space. Tom Brady folks. Woop woop!

  10. Bird Says:

    Cowboys have to pay 41 mil ( average) a year. Like 75 mil in first year coming back from serious injury

    Are you kidding me ?

    Ill take brady 6 days a week and twice on sunday

    The haters so sad today. I love it.

  11. Adrnagy Says:

    At this point gronk will sign a 2 yr contract. Not sure AB. Suh 2 yrs. jpp can rework to add another yr and help with the cap?

  12. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Greenberg are known for doing a great job managing the cap…very little “dead” money along the way. If we’re being honest…so few players deserved big money during the lost decade…padding the fanny pack of Gerald McCoy for instance. Thank God they didn’t top off Winston just because. Now is the perfect time to go all in and throw future cap considerations to the wind. The dream continues…

  13. Bird Says:

    Cam newton just signed 1 year 12 mil with pats so that sets the market for jameis if saints go that route.

    So saints will need to cut another player or two if jameis qb
    Saints have literally done 8 restructures already
    Michael thomas contract is going to be huge problem for them in future
    I love it.

    Saints are about to implode. You can only kick the can down the road for so long

  14. '79 Defense Says:

    “Joe was asked this morning on Twitter if the Bucs should induct Brady into the Ring of Honor at some point.”

    I used to think it was a bit ridiculous that Lynch got into the the Broncos ring of honor (or whatever it’s called) after playing only four years for them and not winning a Super Bowl.

    With what Brady has already done, I can see how you would allow someone in based on their impact, even if it’s a very short time period.

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    Restructuring contracts to push money to future years seems to be the way to go for so many teams right now. Of course eventually you have to ‘pay the piper’ but that’s tomorrow’s problem.

    Was looking at the Patriots’ 2020 salary CAP just to see if they were still paying for Tom Brady even though he led the Bucs to the Super Bowl. Yup, sure enough. Pats got tagged with a $13.5 mil dead CAP bill for Brady. But wait, there’s more …

    Pats also got tagged with a $4.8 mil dead CAP bill for Antonio Brown (that was an expensive 1-game that he played for them in 2019). Some OTHER past Bucs were ALSO on their dead CAP payouts …

    1 – Michael Bennett … $2.0 mil
    2 – Caleb Benenoch … $120,529
    3 – Akeem Spence … $89,529
    4 – Nick Folk … $73,764
    5 – Jack Cichy … $25,200
    6 – Earl Watford … $24,000
    7 – Roberto Aguayo … $16,800

    So the Pats paid out roughly $20 mil last year for 9 current or past Bucs who contributed virtually nothing to their 7-9 record (their TOTAL dead CAP hit last year exceeded $31 mil). Hmmm, karma can be a real witch.

  16. alton green Says:

    I’ve been a Brady career fan. To my knowledge, Brady has NEVER been the highest salary QB in the league. In my opinion, these owners that think they can spend their way to a SB are in for a rude awakening. You know, like Democrats. Look at the fortune the Vikings spent on Cousins. How’d that work out? I said that the freak’n HALF A BILLION they are paying Mahomeboy will come back to bite them. Look hjow much they are going to pay Dak. Ask Stephan A. how that will work out hahahhaha HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS haha


    Do you think for one minute Wilson, Watson, Mahomes,Roger’s, Cousin, Stafford, Murray, Goff obviously not Dak, would ever restructure for the better of the team? Answer NO Fing Way!!! In fact two of the premadonas want more power and are stomping their feet until they get it. You won’t have him for 20yrs but the 3 you do will be special. It appears we Patriots fans have Cam back so it looks like me and many others up north will continue to be Bucs fans.

  18. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Sure….restructuring doesn’t mean less money…..sometimes it’s more….just later……sometimes it turns non-guarantees into guarantees…..and it’s usually a win-win for the player & team.
    A player isn’t requited to cooperate and some don’t.

    And, I agree….Brady could have extended another year and demanded $35 million…but didn’t.

    Here is the real question…..How much better does Brady make other Bucs?….How much is that worth?…..and, for that….he really isn’t getting compensated…nor does he want to.

  19. David Says:

    Wow. I thought they would be able to save 7 to 8,000,000 with him, 14 is outstanding. I have a feeling that means Gronk, Suh, Succop sign real fast.
    Hopefully Minter too, Much more important as a back up than people realize.

    The question remains Shaq. They probably need to restructure D Smith and get a backend loaded deal with Shaq to accomplish that

  20. BillyBucFan Says:

    I hope Giselle is OK with Shaq Barrett coming over for a BBQ because TB just basically paid his salary.

    A few more restructuring of contracts for longer years and we can literally sign all of them.

    RB is easy in RD 1, 2 and 3 in the draft for a pass catching back.
    Maybe get lucky on N Harris never know.

  21. 6throundpick Says:

    Imagine how the team feels about this. It says: let’s win some more, guys!

  22. Cannon Says:

    I’ll take get 2-3 more Super Bowl titles if it means going into Cap Hell afterwards.

    You can never take those rings away.

  23. Shecky Says:

    Leighroy just doesn’t get it. Brady’s been accepting less than other QB’s with nothing even CLOSE to his accomplishments for years. And years. He just won a SB and by every possible indication didn’t even ask for a pay raise. Dak got what he wanted and will be making $13M more than Brady this season. Think Dallas is gonna win the SB this year? Let me save you the trouble, they won’t.

  24. David Says:


    Great point. Watching Brady and LVD sign contracts friendly to the team and Evans offering to restructure sends an awesome vibe throughout the organization and team.

  25. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Leighroy – talk less. Or preferably not at all.

  26. Leighroy Says:

    Shecky, I do get it. I’m simply talking about this aura around “restructuring” that people seem to be hung up on like it’s the ultimate sacrifice. No one makes more or less. You just agree to get what you’re owed now, while a team pays for it later. What sensible person wouldn’t accept that bargain?

    It does not escape me that Tom Brady willingly being paid as the 16th highest annual rate for QB in 2021 is not the value of the century. But when you’ve made $263mil in your career ALREADY, and you’re still not the breadwinner in your tax return, that puts you in an outlier category compared to other qbs striking it for their first big contracts.

  27. Oneilbuc Says:

    listnfrmafar . They shouldn’t restructure their contract because what was every one was saying when Dak got hurt?? They said he mess his money up . And remember who Brady married a woman who made a hundred million dollars a year . So you can’t blame those guys for wanting their money. I say make what you can when you can because the moment you slow down or get hurt then you and me and the media will be saying cut him .

  28. Buczilla Says:

    We are crazy lucky that Brady chose to come here man.

  29. BucDan Says:

    I love the “Brady offered them an easy way to create cap space…”

    He still gets the same money!!! The Bucs F.O. used the Salary Cap rule book to finagle the accounting side of things.

    $25 million for the year is still $25 million for the year. Whether it’s paid out partially in March or before the games start to be played (roster/signing bonus) or via game checks (salary), the final numbers in his account are the same.

    Brady has NEVER lowered his compensation or taken a pay cut! He may take less initially, but there has been no instance of him not receiving all the money that he signs for.

  30. Atlbucs28 Says:

    @BucDan… Brady and the Brady effect is worth the 75 million Dak demanded this year …. Brady gave us the pay cut up front.

  31. DingleBerry Says:

    Just fyi, Brady still gets paid every dime of guaranteed money he was owed, the only thing that changed was his cap hit. And they even added void years to his contract to further spread out his cap hit.

    Anyone paying attention saw this coming. The Bucs will 100% keep every free agent they want to keep and make additional signings. We will be even better in 2021 than we were last year. Which should have every team in NFL quaking in their boots.

  32. Netwalker Says:

    If you want to talk money, a Super Bowl winning quarterback is going to make far more in endorsements than he will in team salary. So maybe it makes sense financially to take less team money in order to field a better team so as to win Super Bowls to make more endorsement money.

  33. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Except Brady doesn’t do many endorsements. Never has.

  34. Mike C Says:

    He could have turned his nose up at 32 mil like Dak…..

  35. Pittbucfan Says:

    The only thing I’m missing, or that is missing, is yes(!) All in for 2021 even 2022, but we can be getting so much more from the GOAT if he were mentoring our SB winning QB of the future. Holy s(p)it if TB12 plays even 2 more years, that’s valuable learning time for the guy that gets the keys turned over to him. Go Bucs!! I want a pewter dynasty of of at least 20 years!! Fire them cannons!!

  36. Anonymous Says:

    I could just cry I’m so happy.


    Oneilbucyall, that’s the difference between a man that plays as a teammates not for himself. If you want to be a solo athlete, take up golf, tennis or snowboarding. Brady will get his money over time but he didn’t demand it up front and put his team in a strangle hold. His motive is to help the team. What Gisele makes is irrelevant to Bradys income. He is way under played for his position. FYI, Wilson’s wife probably makes close to him as well. You claim to be a football guy but you don’t understand the definition of team and it’s not All For One and that One is ME!

  38. Capt.Tim Says:

    You hear about how great he is, when he was with the Patriots.
    Took it with a grain of salt. NFL loves to make stars.
    But now that he’s here- its true. Its all true.
    And still not enough great things said about him.
    Hes changed my opinion about alot of things.
    I didnt think one man, could turn the worst franchide in NFL history, in to a champion overnite.
    But he did.

    I think he is the Greatest NFL Player in history.
    And the greatest Sports figure of all time.
    I think he could play another 8 years.
    A different cat indeed

  39. TheBradyMentality™ Says: