COLD NEW ENGLAND: Tom Brady has just lowered the bar for all overpaid quarterbacks in the NFL.
By accepting a contract extension for peanuts with the Patriots, Tom has given them enough wiggle room to sign Wes Welker and Aqib Talib.
Brady does not play for the money. After all, his wife makes more in a year than the entire Patriots team, and she is making the mortgage payments on the Brentwood Castle recently built. Tom's salary will cover the tips for the service staff.
Of course, when Kevin Garnett of the Celtics signed a three-year extension for life, some green team fans started suffering nausea, seeing the team go down the tubes faster than the express T Green Line in Boston.
Brady's new contract means that Garnett and Brady shall go out hand-in-hand, in a grand display of Hall of Fame credentials. And, they will go out with their partners in tow. Paul Pierce and Wes Welker likely will be around for the last waltz.
The big losers are agents for elite players who now cannot point to the high water mark on Brady's paycheck. It looks like inflation may be coming under control for star athletes.
In the meantime, Boston can revel in a three-year window in which beloved players will play for their beloved franchise.
Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox may be the next to join the club as the Fenway braintrust has been making noises to that effect.