According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots and Tom Brady could reach the much-discussed contract extension before Sunday’s game against the Bengals. There have been different contract numbers thrown around throughout the day, so no one is really sure exactly what the possible deal will look like at this point. The Boston Herald was reporting on a three-year deal worth $58 million that would kick in after this season. Other numbers put the deal at four years worth between $72 million and $80 million. No matter which deal you look at, it appears as though Brady will be making on average between $19 million and $20 million per season, which would make Brady the NFL’s top salary earner. Well, top at least until Peyton Manning gets his new deal done, which Jim Irsay said would make Manning the highest paid player in NFL history. I anticipate that Brady will get the deal done before Sunday’s game so that he does not take a meaningful snap without some future security. Once Brady’s done, it will be interesting to see if the team just settles with the status quo for the remainder of the season or tries to get Logan Mankins’ deal done or possibly start talking to Randy Moss about a new deal.