Tom Brady explains why he doesn't mind making $20 million less than the top-paid quarterback in the NFL

Jimmy Kimmel LiveTom Brady could be the highest-paid player in the NFL, but as he explained to Jimmy Kimmel, he has reasons for taking a smaller contract.
  • Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback to ever play football.
  • Despite winning six Super Bowls, Brady is just the 18th highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, making $US20 million less annually than Russell Wilson will next season.
  • Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Brady explained that he doesn’t mind taking less money because it allows the Patriots to surround him with better players and keeps their dynasty going.
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Tom Brady has won six Super Bowls in his career with the New England Patriots and safely cemented himself as the greatest quarterback of all time.

But despite Brady’s accomplishments on the field, he has not received the type of superstar quarterback contract that now seemingly comes standard with football’s most important position.

Russell Wilson recently became the highest-paid player in the NFL with a deal that averages $US35 million a year to keep him in Seattle until 2024. Brady’s current contract is worth just $US15 million annually.

While Brady could certainly demand a higher salary, as he explains it, he doesn’t especially need the extra money, and his life on the field is made easier because he is willing to take a cheaper deal.

Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Thursday, Brady said that what matters most to him is winning.

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“I think the thing I’ve always felt for me, and my life, winning has been a priority – and my wife makes a lot of money,” Brady joked. “I’m a little smarter than you think.”

Brady went on to say that his contract really came down to the salary cap, and wanting to keep the Patriots dynasty going.

“Actually, it’s the salary cap – you can only spend so much,” Brady told Kimmel. “The more one guy gets, it’s less for others. For a competitive advantage standpoint, I like to get a lot of good players around me.”

You can watch Brady’s appearance below.

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Brady has been up front about his logic to taking smaller contracts in the past, and has often cited winning as his main motivation.

Read more: Tom Brady sacrificed at least $US60 million in his career with discounted contracts for the Patriots

It’s clear that Brady could be making millions more through the NFL if he wanted to, but between the money he earns from endorsements and his “TB12” line of products, there’s plenty of income for him to make that doesn’t come with the zero-sum burden of the NFL salary cap.

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