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Reports: Brady gets two-year extension

Tom Brady’s contract extension helps the Patriots with the upcoming season’s salary cap.

Associated Press

Tom Brady’s contract extension helps the Patriots with the upcoming season’s salary cap.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady agreed to a two-year contract extension, according to reports Monday.

The deal will significantly lessen Brady's salary cap hit for 2016, which would have been about $15 million. He was due to make $9 million next season, plus a $6 million bonus, and $10 million in salary in 2017.

Brady, 38, has often redone his contract to help the cap situation. The four-time Super Bowl champion has said he plans to play well into his 40s. The extension would allow him to do so in New England.

Brady also renegotiated his contract in 2013 to help reduce cap hits. New England was $13.6 million under the 2016 cap of $155.27 million before extending Brady.

Wife: Starr was hurt in 1954 'Bama hazing

Hall of Fame Packers quarterback Bart Starr had debilitating back issues throughout his career because of a hazing incident at Alabama, his wife, Cherry Starr, told al.com.

It was always thought that Starr was injured in a punting exercise before his junior year in 1954. His wife said he was so badly beaten during initiation into the school's A-Club for varsity lettermen that he was hospitalized in traction.

"They had severe beatings and paddling. From all the members of the A-Club, they lined up with a big paddle with holes drilled in it, and it actually injured his back," she said.

Bart Starr, now 82, kept quiet about it because he did not want to look bad, his wife said. One of Starr's Tide teammates, tight end Nick Germanos, corroborated the beatings: "It was hell. Lord have mercy, it was a rough initiation."

RAMSEY OUTRUNS HARGREAVES: Former FSU safety Jalen Ramsey finished the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds at the NFL combine, easily beating former UF and Wharton High standout Vernon Hargreaves as they vie to become the first defensive back selected in this year's draft. Hargreaves was clocked at 4.5, but overall did well in his drills. Ramsey also had the best vertical jump, 41½ inches, and the longest broad jump, 11 feet, 3 inches, among defensive backs. The Bucs are expected to target a pass rusher or a defensive back with the No. 9 pick, and Ramsey and Hargreaves are the top two DBs. Teams are trying to determine whether Ramsey will play cornerback or safety. The biggest surprise may have been Purdue's Anthony Brown, who ran a 4.35 40 and did 19 bench press reps, in the top three in both categories.

FRANCHISE TAGS: The Bears placed the franchise tag on top receiver Alshon Jeffery, leaving him until July 15 to reach a multi-year deal or play next season for $14.6 million. … The Broncos reportedly will place a franchise tag on linebacker Von Miller.

OBITUARY: David Douglas, an offensive lineman who played five seasons with the Bengals and Patriots after starting for the Tennessee team that won the 1985 SEC title and beat Miami in the Sugar Bowl, died of brain cancer Saturday in Maryville, Tenn. He was 52.

Reports: Brady gets two-year extension 02/29/16 [Last modified: Monday, February 29, 2016 9:18pm]
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