Brady Suspended Four Games

The NFL acted quickly in light of the Deflategate report and has suspended quarterback Tom Brady for four games, fined the Patriots $1 million, and taken away a first round pick in 2016 and a fourth rounder in 2017.  Brady will have three days to file an appeal of the suspension, which the league has given for conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL, seemingly in part for his refusal to cooperate with the investigation. 

Brady will stand to lose $1,882,353 of his $8 million salary if the suspension holds following an appeal. Considering the Patriots likely feel that this is an improper punishment I would not be surprised if they rework the contract of their star quarterback to avoid such a fine being levied on Brady.

The Patriots can convert $7.03 million of Brady’s salary to a roster bonus which would not be subject to loss in the event of a suspension. That would change his base salary to the $970,000 league minimum which would result in a loss of just $228,235.30 for the quarterback. Teams in the past have done this to aid players in avoiding loss of salary from suspension if they felt the suspension was unjust or were looking to maintain good relations with the player as a new contract may come due.

The punishments are no surprise due to the public outcry against the actions of the Patriots, who are the defending Super Bowl champions.  The fines and loss of draft picks I believe are in line with other issues in the past, especially since the organization has been accused of certain types of poor behavior in the past. I think the suspension of Brady is a bit excessive, but he became the face of the controversy.

Brady’s suspension won’t take place until the start of the regular season so no changes to his cap charge will occur until that date.

  • McGeorge

    Not enough.
    Brady should be forced to play for his choice of:
    1 – Rex Ryan
    2 – the Jets
    3 – the Raiders
    4 – the Redskins (and give tips to RG3)

    Belichick should be forced to deal with the New York Media for 2 hours a day, for 30 days.

    • theowl

      At this point in his career I don’t think Brady would take a pay RAISE to take one of those options!

      • McGeorge

        That’s the point – it’s PUNISHMENT :-)

        He’s probably despise Rex :-)

        • theowl

          I’m with you. I should have said he would quit first.

  • Cristian

    It was really surprising to read about reworking of contracts in order to avoid a (bigger) fine was somewhat of standard practice. Has the league ever commented or made know that this was something they are going to address?

    • Jim

      I thought you could only restructure your contract once per year? Didn’t Brady just restructure? Also, f they don’t restructure and the suspension holds, the Patriots would get a $1.88m salary cap credit for 2016, correct?

      • You can restructure as many times as you want, the cap just cant increase. For example one year Eli I think resrtuctured 3 times over the course of a few weeks. The $1.88M will come off the books as soon as the suspension begins, which should be the day after final cutdowns. So its this year they get the relief not next. This is because it is in the base salary. If it was in roster bonuses or triggered forfeiture then they would get the credit next season

        • theowl

          Is it conceivable the Patriots could compensate Brady next year for what he loses through suspension this year? Be it a couple hundred thousand or whatever happens with restructuring this year. I believe this has been done before, though rarely.

          • They could but they would need to wait until a full year passes from his last restructure, so they couldnt agree to it until Februaryish

    • They should, but wouldn’t this be a CBA issue? If so I don’t think the NFLPA would be happy to modify the current CBA or put anything in the next one to address it.

    • Kirk Vollmer

      I honestly don’t think the Pats would take that route. Their taking a beating in the press since the same owner/front office/coach/quarterback has now been involved in now a 2nd cheating scandal. Their star player just got suspended for it and he is probably the most high profile player the league has suspended in quite a long time, if ever. So imagine how it looks if they use a contract restructure trick to make sure Brady doesn’t lose as much money from suspension. That will make them look even worse. . . Yeah other teams might do it with suspended players but this far more high profile then any of those. And what would they be doing it for? So Brady who’s hardly hurting for money saves a few bucks? He’s already taking way less money then his market value for the team. I can hardly see him wanting to make things look worse by doing that trick. They will appeal their punishments but after that they want to get this out of the news. . . trying to pull a contract restructure trick just keeps this in the news for longer and makes them look worse.

  • AK

    I think we should just call this what it is. 31 NFL Franchises are tired of losing to the Patriots and they feel that they’ve had to endure years of “Patriots Privilege.” So the fair thing to do is tear them down a bit. But does that really solve the problem of 31 other Franchises feeling inadequate between the legs? Does this really solve the problem of “inequality” within the League? I propose a new rule change and punishment for the Patriots that would replace the current discipline levied against the organization. “From this moment forward, any team playing the Patriots (whether at home or away) shall be awarded 7 points to start the game. The game’s scoreboard will reflect the score ‘7-0’ for a Patriots home game, or ‘0-7’ for a Patriots away game at the beginning of the game’s first quarter.”

  • theowl

    What about the million dollar fine against the team. I thought there was no fine against Kraft personally, but how is there a difference. I guess everyone in the organization takes a pay cut (bad joke). But seriously, Does it affect their cap number or other money… which I assume is Kraft’s.

    • theowl

      And I assume that million dollars goes to charity.

      • Yeh I believe it just goes to charity. It shoud not impact the cap.