The New England Patriots have reportedly signed QB Tom Brady to a three year contract extension for $27M. I'm not sure how much the national (or regional for that matter) media will talk about this but Tom Brady just gave the New England Pats a serious discount in signing this deal. To put that into perspective, Drew Brees & Peyton Manning both made at or above $20M in 2012 alone, and have deals in place that pay them approx $20M per year. Joe Flacco, never statistically even a top 10 QB, is asking for a 5 year $20M/year deal. But Brady just restructured his deal that would have paid him $15M+ per year to give Pats salary relief, while adding 3 more years to his deal at an avg. of $9M/year. Yes Brady may not be continue to be a top 5 QB in his age 38, 39 & 40 year old seasons, but that's only 2, 3 & 4 years out, and if any NFL QB can play into their 40's like Bret Favre, it's the analytical, careful, crafty Tom Brady.
So while the rest of the NFL will be paying $20M for top QB's and $10M for mediocre ones, the Pats will continue to have future HOF Brady at one of the lowest annual salaries for a starting QB in the NFL. That's what you call an advantage and hometown discount.