If Tom Brady shit in my breakfast, I'd walk a mile barefoot on broken glass to eat it with a smile.
But I said, maybe with mixed feelings, because I don't think Tom Brady could succeed here with this offense around him. I don't think anyone could, and if you pay Tom 25mil, I don't see how they can surround him with the talent it would take to win in today's game.
Look at the 4 playoff teams remaining. Burrow is still playing under his rookie contract, and had a cap hit of like 11mil this season. Ja'Marr Chase, same thing at around 9mil this season. As a result, they can surround those guys with talent on both sides. The tough decisions will star next season for them.
Jalen Hurts has a cap hit this year of less than 2 million. Davonta Smith is on his rookie deal. As a result, they had money to go and get AJ Brown, and fill out the defense, etc.
In San Fran, you have Mr. Irrelevant playing for irrelevant money. They built that team before going and getting Trey Lance, also still on a rookie deal. They'll let Jimmy G. walk and resign Bosa with some of that savings this offseason.
Mahomes is obviously the outlier here, but his contract probably cost them Tyreek Hill. If it weren't for an all world offensive line, I think Mahomes, while still unbelievable, would have a much different season, and he's still nowhere guaranteed to get to the SB.
Josh Allen's cap hit jumps from 16mil to 40mil this offseason. Buffalo won't look the same this time next year.
There are short windows when you start paying guys this kind of money. Tom, who always took discounts, recognized that. But even his discounted price would result in the Pats not being able to surround him with the tools he needs. That's why you stick with Mac and hope he turns the corner, because it frees up the cash to go out and put a team around him vs. the other way around.