Brady didn't restructure. It's just a contract extension. Essentially a 3-year deal that starts in 2015 after his current one expires. He'll be age 38-40 during the contract making 9 mil a year. Don't see how it should send a message to Brees about anything. The 2 situations aren't remotely close. Brady didn't sign that extension to help the patriots. He's trying to make some money in what will probably be the twilight of his career. Good move for him to sign the extension now before his skills diminish.
Brady has done extensions and restructured deals his whole career to stop the cap from going to high.
Yes he gets paid a lot and yes these type extensions give the player more guaranteed money, but he has done this his whole career. Brees wouldn't sign an extension for two years, then held out for the most money at the end. Fact.
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