If you love something, set it free and it returns, then it’s meant to be.
Apparently, if a report from the NFL Network is to be believed, that’s Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s plan regarding his team and the impending free agency of future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady.
NFL Network reports that the reason Brady’s contract voids and the quarterback could hit the open market for the first time in his 20-year NFL career is that Kraft believes that it’s the best scenario for all involved at this point in their relationship.
If Brady’s contract does void and he hits free agency without an extension with New England, the team will have to carry $13.5 million of dead money on its salary cap for 2020, leftover from the retooled contract Brady signed with the Patriots last summer. If Brady were to ink an extension with the team before March 18, that cap hit could be split in half over the next two seasons.
While any new contract could be structured to balance out the $13.5 million in dead money over the life of the deal, there is some financial benefit to the sides reaching an agreement before free agency.