Tom Brady has $500,000 riding on a Super Bowl win

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He earned $25 million in base compensation. He has added $2.875 million in incentives to date. In eight days, Tom Brady can throw another $500,000 onto the pile of 2020 earnings.

Brady’s incentive package includes a formula that pays him more and more and more based on success in the postseason. So far, he has checked four of the five boxes.

He chalked up $500,000 for a playoff berth, another $250,000 for beating Washington in the wild card round, another $500,000 for winning at New Orleans in the divisional round, and another $500,000 for upsetting the Packers in the NFC Championship. The final half million would come from beating the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

Brady also has added $1.125 million by finishing in the top five in touchdown passes and passing yards. (He missed up to another $1.6875 million by not finishing in the top five in passer rating, completion percentage, or yards per attempt.)

Brady has the same compensation package for 2021. It will be interesting to see whether the Buccaneers approach Brady and offer him a raise — and an extension. As it stands, Brady becomes a free agent next year, and the Bucs have agreed to not tag him.

Given the current market for high end quarterbacks, one thing is obvious: $27.875 million for a magical season with Brady represents a significant bargain for the Buccaneers.

24 responses to “Tom Brady has $500,000 riding on a Super Bowl win

  1. Brady and his wife are worth well over 1/2 a billion dollars now. I think he’s far more concerned with getting the win than the extra money

    Good luck Tom go get number 7 !

  2. I’m sure Tom would gladly give up $500,000 for a super bowl win with Tampa Bay. He certainly doesn’t need the extra money, and a win with a team other than The Patriots would be worth much more to his legacy, than the money. Not to even mention what it would do to his endorsement earnings potential, or what publishing companies would pay for his book rites. This super bowl win would literally be worth billions to Tommy.

  3. Wait, what? The winningest qb in Super Bowl history makes less than $30m per season. Any qb making more than $30m per needs to do some real self evaluation, especially if you’re not analytically rated in the top 10 every year or even top 5.

  4. Making the playoffs – $500K

    Winning in the playoffs – $500K

    Rubbing it in Belichick’s face – Priceless

  5. Don’t all the players also make extra for playing in playoffs & SB? Or is that canceled this year because of COVID-attendance restrictions

  6. qckappa says:
    January 30, 2021 at 11:01 am
    Wait, what? The winningest qb in Super Bowl history makes less than $30m per season. Any qb making more than $30m per needs to do some real self evaluation, especially if you’re not analytically rated in the top 10 every year or even top 5.
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    So the QBs that made more money, but threw for more yards and TDs need to do some self-realization?

  7. Censorship doesn’t change minds says:
    January 30, 2021 at 11:12 am
    Making the playoffs – $500K

    Winning in the playoffs – $500K

    Rubbing it in Belichick’s face – Priceless

    You mean the defense that Belichick orchestrated that held the Rams to 3 points in super bowl LIII and the defense that won the last game for Tom? If the Bucs win this game it will be cause the defense contained the Chiefs. Not cause of Brady.

  8. These bonuses are usually to bump the pay for playoff games closer to a player’s game checks during the regular season.

  9. “Don’t all the players also make extra for playing in playoffs & SB? Or is that canceled this year because of COVID-attendance restrictions”

    They do but the amounts are relatively small compared to normal game checks. I think its something along the lines of 25k a game for the first 2 rounds, 35k for the conference championships and 50k for the Super Bowl.

    The league makes the lions share of the playoffs and SB money. Where the players take advantage is any of them that are FAs are likely to get poached by other teams for far more than they would make if they re-signed with the SB winner

  10. If the Bucs offer Brady a contract extension, that show of confidence and appreciation will mean a lot more to him than the dollar amounts.

  11. “So the QB’s that made more money, but threw for more yards and TDs need to do some self-realization?”

    That’s a very small club. Only Rodgers(48) and Wilson(40) threw as many/more TD’s and only Watson and Mahomes threw for more yards. The number of QB that did both is ZERO.

  12. Brady has been taking less than he could have for most of his career. After he got his third SB ring, teams were throwing crazy money at him. We’re talking 5-6 million/year more than anyone else and with guarantees that would give their accountants heart attacks. And this was before he even met Gisselle ($$$ as in ~60 mil/yr for about 15 yrs.). Beyond a certain point, money becomes just a matter of numbers. Brady’s ego is tied to SBs, not $$$.

  13. covidiots says: “The league makes the lions share of the playoffs and SB money.”
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    Um, the league is contractually set by the CBA to share all revenue, including playoffs and SB money at 48%…

    And all player contracts are paid out PER YEAR (including playoffs and preseason) and not “game checks.” Brady would’ve been paid $25 million, regardless of starting 2 games or 16 games, or taking 5 snaps/gm or 80 snaps/gm.

  14. Frankly, he shouldn’t be betting, period. What does it say when he doesn’t bet on Tampa next year? And there is no way he can bet on KC. He’d be suspended. Finally, $500K? That is chump change when his wife still makes more money than he does.

  15. At this point talking about Brady’s money is foolish. Money is the last thing on his mind. His legacy and the history he continues to make is all we should be thinking about. The Best Ever to play the game. Period.

  16. Justsaying,
    The defense that gave up 41 to Nick Foles and lost to Eli…… twice. The defense that only was because Tom took less money and made clowns like Welker, Branch and Amendola look like Jerry Rice. Brady carried Belichick, even on defense.

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