Gisele Bundchen, the world famous supermodel, has never touched a football in her life. However, there’s no doubt that she is the MVP of the New England Patriots. The reason is simple mathematics.
Superstar quarterback Tom Brady is married to Gisele. Brady is not only the face of the Patriots franchise, he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He has a fair market value of approximately $18 million on the free agent market.
On Monday, Brady signed a three-year deal worth only $27 million — or $9 million per season. The reason he was able to take less is his marriage to Gisele. The supermodel is worth $500 million by some estimations. Last year, it was estimated that the Brazilian bombshell earned $45 million.
For Brady, the difference between $18 million (what he’s worth) and $9 million (what he signed for) isn’t that big of a deal when his wife is pulling in a cool $45 million a year.
The Patriots, now that Brady has signed a relatively cheap contract, can now easily maneuver within the confines of the salary cap and continue to put a winning product on the field.
The Patriots should be happy with Brady’s decision but the person they should thank is Gisele.