Tom Brady's two-year contract with Tampa Bay sent shockwaves through the NFL, but not because of the money. Rather, TB12's departure from Foxborough after two decades of legendary performances with the Patriots represented a parting of ways and a consequential shift of the balance of power in the NFL.
We're all rightly curious about how Tom Terrific will fare down in the New Sombrero. But what we know for sure is that he'll be in for some sweet cash bonuses if he hits the right benchmarks this season.
The single biggest contract incentive Brady can earn? $2.25 million for leading the Bucs to an unlikely Super Bowl title run. All told, he can take home a maximum of $4.5 million in incentives for each year of his deal, which already includes $50 million guaranteed, giving the contract a maximum value of $59 million.
Brady didn't put up all-world numbers in 2019 with the Patriots despite leading them to an attractive 12-4 record and yet another AFC East title. Much of this can be attributed to the lack of weapons around him, something that won't be the same issue in Tampa. With Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and OJ Howard at his side, you can bet that Brady will have every chance to hit those five different $565,200 passing stats incentives.
If and when that happens, we might just look up and notice that these Bucs have a chance to do real damage in this brave new NFL world.