Tom Brady gets five statistical incentives worth $1 million each

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has agreed to a new contract that will pay him up to $5 million in incentives based on his 2018 performance, and it turns out that he would have earned the full $5 million if he’d had the same incentives in his deal.

According to Albert Breer of SI.com, Brady will earn $1 million for each of these statistical accomplishments:

* Top 5 in passer rating (Brady was third in 2017)
* Top 5 in completion percentage (Brady was fifth in 2017)
* Top 5 in yards per attempt (Brady was fourth in 2017)
* Top 5 in touchdown passes (Brady was third in 2017)
* Top 5 in passing yards (Brady was first in 2017)

If the Patriots win the Super Bowl, Brady would get $2 million per incentive, although that’s with a maximum value of $5 million, so even if he hits all five incentives and wins the Super Bowl, he’d still get $5 million.

Given that he would have hit all five incentives last year, Brady surely feels confident that he can make the full $5 million this year. Still, it feels a little meager: Given all Brady has accomplished and how willing he’s been to sign team-friendly contracts, he could easily argue that the Patriots ought to just add an extra $5 million (or more) guaranteed to his contract.

56 responses to “Tom Brady gets five statistical incentives worth $1 million each

  1. brady smartly recognizes- especially at this point in his career- he will make much long-term being the Michael Jordan of football than he will nickel-and-diming the patriots for guaranteed money every year.

    incentive structure captures that if he can simply do everything possible to maintain his current performance (which implies he’ll be healthy too), he’ll have best chance to maximize his long-term earnings.

  2. The Autumn Wind says:
    August 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm
    he’s so washed-up it aint even funny, he might finish in the top 15 in those categories

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    Yeah…..throwing for 505 yards against a top defense in his last game is pretty washed up. You wish your QB was that washed up.

  3. The Autumn Wind says:
    August 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm
    he’s so washed-up it aint even funny, he might finish in the top 15 in those categories
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    Isn’t internet anonymity just a great thing for you? You can say all the ridiculous things here that would get you laughed out of any sports bar.

  4. Stop with the “Brady should be disgruntled” nonsense. They worked out a deal that benefits both sides, and assuming that he reaches the 5m in incentives, he’d have the 2nd highest cap hit amongst QBs for 2018 at 27 million dollars. That seems pretty fair for both sides.

  5. Robert Kraft, like the Pittsburgh Steelers owning Rooney Family, is such a cheapskate. I mean, $ERIOU$LY: dude (TB12) coughs up FIVE (5) SUPER BOWL RINGS for your organization, and those are the paltry/measly incentive$ that you come up with? #Patriot$-Laughing$tock

  6. Giving him 5M more flat out costs 5M in cap space. Giving him 5M in “likely to be earned incentives” costs less in cap space. BB does not care about how much money Kraft gives to the team, he cares about the cap space. This is more money with a lesser cap hit.

  7. “he’s so washed-up it aint even funny, he might finish in the top 15 in those categories”

    Its said that people let their dislike of a team or player blind them to his ability. Yeah, the MVP who led the league in passing last season, was #1 in completions of 40+ yards in the air, #3 in completions of 20+ yards in the air and threw for over 500 yards in the Super Bowl is somehow “washed up”.

    SMH don’t you realize how silly you make yourself look with that comment?

  8. Isn’t internet anonymity just a great thing for you? You can say all the ridiculous things here that would get you laughed out of any sports bar.
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    Actually that’s good for a belly laugh right here and he’s probably sitting on a stool as we type.

  9. wallabear says:
    August 10, 2018 at 5:02 pm
    Robert Kraft, like the Pittsburgh Steelers owning Rooney Family, is such a cheapskate…
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    And yet both teams pretty much spend to the cap each year. The Steelers broke the bank for AB and the middle of the Pats roster is better compensated than most year after year. Both teams are in the thick of the fight season after season, maybe Kraft & Rooney know just a little more about what works than you do.

  10. “Robert Kraft, like the Pittsburgh Steelers owning Rooney Family, is such a cheapskate.”

    Yeah he’s so cheap he privately funded his own stadium instead of extorting one from the taxpayers or moving the team to a place he could do so.

    The Pats have spent to the cap or very close to it in almost every year he’s owned the team.

    I think you need an English comprehension lesson since you don’t understand what the word “cheapskate” means

  11. The Autumn Wind says:
    August 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm
    he’s so washed-up it aint even funny, he might finish in the top 15 in those categories

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    That’s pretty funny. It’s wrong, but besides that, you think that someone finishes in the top 15 in his multi-million dollar job in the entire world is washed up.

  12. nhpats says:
    August 10, 2018 at 4:56 pm
    The Autumn Wind says:
    August 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm
    he’s so washed-up it aint even funny, he might finish in the top 15 in those categories

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    Yeah…..throwing for 505 yards against a top defense in his last game is pretty washed up. You wish your QB was that washed up.

    What REALLY makes this interesting is I remember Autumn Wind from years ago in blogs… Pretty Darn sure he is a Raiders Fan.

  13. pftpffftttt says:
    August 10, 2018 at 4:55 pm
    brady smartly recognizes- especially at this point in his career- he will make much long-term being the Michael Jordan of football than he will nickel-and-diming the patriots for guaranteed money every year.
    incentive structure captures that if he can simply do everything possible to maintain his current performance (which implies he’ll be healthy too), he’ll have best chance to maximize his long-term earnings.

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    100%. Winning = future revenue for Brady.

  14. nhpats says:
    August 10, 2018 at 4:56 pm
    The Autumn Wind says:
    August 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm
    he’s so washed-up it aint even funny, he might finish in the top 15 in those categories

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    Yeah…..throwing for 505 yards against a top defense in his last game is pretty washed up. You wish your QB was that washed up.

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    Brady was great in the Super Bowl, but I wouldn’t call the Eagles a top defense.

  15. Need to keep Tom going for another 5 years. He is motivated by excellence and sustaining it at the highest level is difficult. Even though he is already very wealthy, financial rewards like this show that ownership and Belichick are appreciative. The New England Patriots are set for another Super Bowl run and remain the elite team in the NFL.

  16. tb12greatest says:
    August 10, 2018 at 5:27 pm
    nhpats says:
    August 10, 2018 at 4:56 pm
    The Autumn Wind says:
    August 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm
    he’s so washed-up it aint even funny, he might finish in the top 15 in those categories
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    Yeah…..throwing for 505 yards against a top defense in his last game is pretty washed up. You wish your QB was that washed up.
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    Brady was great in the Super Bowl, but I wouldn’t call the Eagles a top defense.

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    Not all time, that’s for sure, but they certainly were good last year.

  17. So do a player’s incentives count against the cap whether or not he hits them? Just wondering if a team is right up against the salary cap and then suddenly has to pay a player $5M more, how is that handled.

  18. What a joke. Brady, arguably the best player in NFL history and who was already significantly under paid, gets a token, incentive laden “raise” from the Pats after taking his team to yet another SB and winning the NFL MVP again. How insulting and embarrassing, but that’s the Pats. Incredible!

  19. It just seems to kill the media & fans of other teams that Brady is happy with this deal & it won’t cripple the salary cap for the Patriots…… other teams are paying out EXORBITANT AMOUNTS OF MONEY to DIVA PLAYERS & average to unproven QB’s just to hope to compete while the Pats spend most of their cap every year to MANY PLAYERS to create depth & possibilities for greatness year after year……
    I think the Pats know what to do better than ANY OTHER TEAM!!!!!
    GO PATS!!!!

  20. nhpats says:

    August 10, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    The Autumn Wind says:
    August 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm
    he’s so washed-up it aint even funny, he might finish in the top 15 in those categories

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    Yeah…..throwing for 505 yards against a top defense in his last game is pretty washed up. You wish your QB was that washed up

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    Our QB Mr. Aaron Rodgers, doesn’t dink and dunk for 2 yards and have his receivers run for the other 40. Mr. Aaron Rodgers can actually throw for 40 yards. The true QB goat Mr. Aaron Rodgers. And you know it. Go Pack Go!

  21. Brady is far from being the best player in NFL History. The NFL existed before 2001, which I realize may come as a shock to you northeasters, but it’s true.

  22. He is too old, he isn’t going to make it through the year, the cheapskates should just give it to him! He is already out for this week with a sore back, an old man injury!!!

  23. vikesr4reel says:

    August 10, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Pats cheat more than a cowboy in a country song!!
    It is sad, so sad.

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    It’s sad that those on the left side of the Bell Curve really have no choice and have to believe that.

  24. vikesr4reel says:
    August 10, 2018 at 5:28 pm
    Pats cheat more than a cowboy in a country song!!
    It is sad, so sad.
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    As sad as going 0-fer since 1961?

  25. This is an observation, not a criticism – but there is no other QB in the league whose spouse is the breadwinner of the household. Are there any other QBs with a spouse making at least one million annually? Maybe Cutler’s wife, but now he’s retired at a young age.

    Brady is in a unique financial position where he never needed to be the highest paid QB… even if he were paid veterans minimum, he’d still have one of the wealthiest households in the NFL. For every other NFL player, they are the sole opportunity for their family to have a financially stable and comfortable lifestyle, so they maximize their income when they get the opportunity to land a big payday.

    Again, it’s just an observation, not a criticism… but the media always create this narrative of how selfless, loyal, and underpaid he is. He’s doing just fine, everyone!

  26. Autumn Wind sounds like someone covering up the fact that they break wind everytime they speak.

  27. “Our QB Mr. Aaron Rodgers, doesn’t dink and dunk for 2 yards and have his receivers run for the other 40. Mr. Aaron Rodgers can actually throw for 40 yards”

    Brady was #1 in the league in completions of 40+ yards in the air and #3 in completions of 20+ yards in the air, don’t let the actual facts get in the way of making yourself look so clueless.

    For that matter if it was true Brady only threw for 2 yards at a time every defense would stack all 11 defenders in the box and the Pats would almost never get a completion.

    Hilarious

  28. (TB12) coughs up FIVE (5) SUPER BOWL RINGS for your organization, and those are the paltry/measly incentive$ that you come up with

    Paying for past performance is the mark of a bad team.

  29. Kraft allowed his branding on Foxborough property, which no other team has allowed a player to do in NFL history. That alone is part of Brady’s income.

    Brady is a very, very lucky QB and player. He may not have even been drafted or made it all without BB.

    And, all this time he has had learning from the master, surely has helped him. Drafted by any other team and no way he has the career he’s had. No way.

  30. what’s the difference . he’s the GOAT and you can never pay the GOAT what he’s worth. all the chumps behind him always will make more but will never be the GOAT. comes with the crown and he understands that.

  31. headwoundharry says:
    August 10, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    What a joke. Brady, arguably the best player in NFL history and who was already significantly under paid, gets a token, incentive laden “raise” from the Pats after taking his team to yet another SB and winning the NFL MVP again. How insulting and embarrassing, but that’s the Pats. Incredible!

    1

    12

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    Your jealousy of how the Pats manage the cap as your team spirals in and out of cap hell, is a delight!

  32. This is not some rookie. How much has he earned so far and how much does he need to live off $1 million each yeae for the rest of his life? He’s hoijng to draw a pension and social security too.

  33. tb12greatest says:
    August 10, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    nhpats says:
    August 10, 2018 at 4:56 pm
    The Autumn Wind says:
    August 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm
    he’s so washed-up it aint even funny, he might finish in the top 15 in those categories

    ————–

    Yeah…..throwing for 505 yards against a top defense in his last game is pretty washed up. You wish your QB was that washed up.

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    Brady was great in the Super Bowl, but I wouldn’t call the Eagles a top defense.

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    10

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    I wouldn’t either. Numerous teams shredded them down the stretch in Dec. Their “4th ranked” D got absolutely dusted and Philly benefitted from cheater GOodell’s 2 free TDs.

  34. I’m sure Kraft will take care of Brady for $10 million/year for several years in a nothing job as a Krafty way of circumventing the salary cap.

    Fair market value for Brady is north of $30 million. Of course he wouldn’t be nearly as good with any other team – different scheme, etc.,etc., but his performance for the Patriots is easily worth the highest paid QB and player in the NFL.

  35. =======================

    Our QB Mr. Aaron Rodgers, doesn’t dink and dunk for 2 yards and have his receivers run for the other 40. Mr. Aaron Rodgers can actually throw for 40 yards. The true QB goat Mr. Aaron Rodgers. And you know it. Go Pack Go!

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    Kind of hard to throw a football with a broken collarbone

  36. packerforlife says:
    August 10, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Our QB Mr. Aaron Rodgers, doesn’t dink and dunk for 2 yards and have his receivers run for the other 40.
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    Agreed. Thats one of the reasons why Rodgers has always been second to Brady and always will be.

  37. Can I hear the “selfless Tom Brady taking less so the team can win” argument again? Matt Cassell could hit those numbers against that woeful division. All except the $2M Super Bowl win incentive which wont happen because Brady is going for that coveted most lost Super Bowls record – he’s almost there!!!!

  38. What most of the rubes on this site don’t realize, is that incentives that match what a player did the previous year, fall into the ‘Likely to be earned’ category. That means it counts on this yrs cap. Anything more, or guaranteed money would be pushed into next year. The Pats have a ton of UFAs next year. They’re gonna need the cap room.

  39. Folks, we just spent $5,000,000 to guarantee ring number 6. We will be Super Bowl champs this year. Nothing will stop us!

  40. headwoundharry says:
    August 10, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    What a joke. Brady, arguably the best player in NFL history and who was already significantly under paid, gets a token, incentive laden “raise” from the Pats after taking his team to yet another SB and winning the NFL MVP again. How insulting and embarrassing, but that’s the Pats.

    Your jealousy of how the Pats manage the cap as your team spirals in and out of cap hell, is a delight!

    Z______________________________

    No jealousy dude. My team has a winning record over Billy and Tom. And if you cant see the falacy in how NE is treating Tom, go get your blood drained for management NE homerism.

  41. Folks, we just spent $5,000,000 to guarantee ring number 6. We will be Super Bowl champs this year. Nothing will stop us!
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    Pats haven’t spent anything yet. It’s an incentive laden deal. So disrepectful for the best player in team history that was instrumental in winning FIVE SBs. That’s how the Pats reward success. With nothing.

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