Tom Brady tried to make light of how he's not among the NFL's highest-paid quarterbacks when asked about it during an appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
"I think the thing I've always felt for me, and my life, winning has been a priority -- and my wife makes a lot of money. I'm a little smarter than you think."
Brady then turned more serious.
"Actually, it's the salary cap, and you can only spend so much," he said. "The more one guy gets, it's less for others. For a competitive advantage standpoint, I like to get a lot of good players around me."
Brady last signed a two-year extension in March 2016 that included $41 million in new money.
Brady has historically taken less money compared to some of his peers such as Peyton Manning and that surely helped drive much of the Patriots' success.
Brady was also asked if he ever gets tired of football.
"Not to this point. I feel like to be at the top, or to give your team a chance to win every season, you have to put a lot into it. I try to bring my best every day. I try to be the best teammate, leader and also physically to stay prepared because no one wants someone who is taking up space."