We've all known that Tom Brady has taken below-market contracts for years. He is making $8 MM in guarantees with another $6 MM in bonuses for 2015. His salary is WELL BELOW that of other Top 10 QBs, let alone Top 5 QBs. Now we know he doesn't 'need' the money because supermodel Gisele makes $40 MM a year (or more). It's good to have a 2-income family. Here's the thing: Brady is very close to the owner, Bob Kraft. We know that Kraft considers Brady like another son. They live next to one another in the same Brookline, MA neighborhood. Brady loves money, but he also loves winning. He knows if he can divert a few million or more from his salary to the team, it makes the team that much stronger. So............. How do we know that Kraft hasn't made some personal 'side deal' with Brady to pay him tens of millions in 'consulting' or TV (Pats Network, etc.) gigs once his playing time is over ? How do we know that Brady hasn't invested in some partnership or hedge fund with Kraft and Kraft isn't giving him some favoritism on his account, which can't be liquidated until 2020 or whenever ? How do we know there wasn't a simple, innocuous, you-can't-consider-it-a-contract whisper like "Tom, sign this contract and believe me you'll be very happy when your playing days are over." I mean, how many players keep taking below-market deals even if they don't need the money ? Peyton Manning doesn't need the money between his earnings and endorsements and yet he reportedly had to be dragged kicking-and-dragging to have his salary cut by $4 MM this year. I don't know how you'd investigate this, but I know that the Cowboys and Redskins got nailed for violating the spirit of the rules stuff on the salary cap and the Broncos reportedly did something in the late-1990's, too. I find it very curious that Brady, who is super-competitive and hates being 2nd at anything, has willingly been 5th or 7th or 10th or 12th or lower when it comes to compensation. The football writers, who have their noses up Brady's butt, have no interest in asking these questions. Someone should !!