Patriots restructure Brady's contract

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a team player, restructuring his contract to create $7.2 million in salary-cap room for the AFC East team, an NFL source confirmed.

The former Super Bowl MVP's four-year, $72 million contract was restructured last week. He reduced his base salary from $5.75 million and scheduled $6 million roster bonus to a guaranteed $950,000 for 2012 as the Patriots gave him a $10.8 million bonus.

The $6 million roster bonus and the remaining $4.8 million were combined to come up with the bonus amount.

The salary-cap figure for Brady's 2012 contract is now $8 million, down from $15.2 million.

And Brady is due the following base salaries and cap figures going forward: $9.75 million salary for 2013 fully guaranteed with a $21.8 million cap figure and a $9.75 million salary fully guaranteed in 2014 with a $21.8 million cap figure.

Brady has $5 million in roster bonuses due in 2013 and 2014 and an annual $250,000 workout bonuses.

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