I think Tom Brady is still a top 5 quarterback. Others will disagree. One thing everyone can agree on is how much of a bargain Brady represents.
Yesterday, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick signed a megadeal that would bump him up to the top of the league, with regards to cap hits and salaries. Young players like Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson will likely receive larger paychecks in the upcoming year, with Adam Schefter speculating they could reach the heights of $24 million and beyond, per season.
So here's Tom Brady. According to Miguel's cap numbers, Brady is set to count $13 million against the cap in 2015.
Do you know where this would place him amongst quarterbacks?
Brady is currently projected to have the 15th highest cap hit in 2015. This is before Chiefs' Alex Smith receives a contract extension, which is expected to be in the realm of $15 million per season. And then there is the foursome of Luck, Wilson, Robert Griffin III, and Ryan Tannehill, who could all demand more than Smith.
If those five players receive new contracts, and it's likely that Brady's cap hit will rank 20th out of starting quarterbacks.
So say what you want about Brady not being a top 5 quarterback. He's easily the most cost-effective starter in the league.