Patriots to adjust Brady's contract with added incentives

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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick did not provide further information on a Boston Globe report that quarterback Tom Brady is dealing with a sore back, which has affected his workload, but acknowledged the team is balancing multiple factors in scaling back the work of some players.

Brady is now scheduled to make $15 million this season, and the team is adding the incentives to bring him to closer to the market, the source told Schefter.

Brady will receive up to $5 million in performance-based incentives on top of his current deal, according to Schefter.

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In the last several years, quarterback Tom Brady has been willing to take a pay cut with his contract for the betterment of the team to help bring in more talent to the team.

Specific to Brady, Belichick said, "We have a number of players who are in various [situations]; their workload is affected by other factors". Another restructure was expected to have been agreed upon this offseason for the tight end, but nothing has yet been completed. Though his $22 million cap hit may be higher than it normally is for the Patriots, it only ranks tied for 11th in terms of highest quarterback cap hits in the league.

Brady was 385-of-581 for a league-high 4,577 yards, with 32 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions, while leading the Patriots to a 13-3 record for the 2017 regular season.

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