Originally Posted by Risen Star
If it's just the way teams do business, why are the Cowboys always having to create room restructuring contracts every year just to fund an offseason? They must not do business like that in Philly, New England, Green Bay and many others.
The Patriots absolutely had to massage Brady's contract in order to free up cap space so that they can keep their own. They also carried about $22.2M in dead money last year.
What's funny is that Brady has been doing this since 2010:
2005 - Signed a 6 year $60M contract
2010 - Signed a 5 year extension for $78.5M
2012 - Restructured base salary from $5.75M to $950K
2013 - Signed 3 year extension for $27M
The reason we don't see every team in the NFL restructure contracts is because the lesser popular teams can't afford to do so. While the Cowboys, Patriots, Steelers, Saints, etc are restructuring contracts to free up cap space they are also handing out millions to the players. Not every team in the NFL can afford to do that and still operate on the "plus-side" of the ledger.
"It's little bit like the description of pornography from years back. It's hard to define it. But you know what it is at the end of it. It's hard to define it. I think you know who is more physical. Often times you see that in the fourth quarter. A lot of time the team on the other side feels it. We pride ourselves on being a physical football team. It's important to us. It's an important time of the year to lay that foundation." - Coach Garrett