With Antonio Brown now officially a member of the New England Patriots, information about the superstar wide receivers contract has been revealed. In a tweet by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the full details of the deal have been shown off, and show that there are some extra incentives for Brown to chase if he wants more money.
#Patriots deal with Antonio Brown: $1M fully guaranteed base, $9M signing bonus ($5M now, $4M later), $500K in 46-man roster bonuses & NLTBE incentives of $1.5M for each of these — 105 catches, 1,298 yds, 16 TDs. Total: $15M. Plus a $20M option that’s guaranteed if picked up
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 9, 2019
The deal itself is a $15 million deal, with a $1 million fully guaranteed base and $9 million signing bonus, with Brown receiving $5 million now and the rest later. The deal also includes $500,000 bonuses for Brown being apart of the 46-man roster, and NLTBE (Not likely to be earned) incentives that would give Brown an extra $1.5 million for earning each of 105 catches, 1,298 yards, and 16 touchdowns on the season.
Those incentives are deemed not likely to be earned due to the fact that Brown’s averages are just around those numbers, and the Patriots themselves have not had someone reach those heights in the previous year. Still, Brown certainly has the skills to hit those numbers, although being starting his season a week late will surely hurt them.
The Patriots also added a $20 million option for 2020 that’s guaranteed if picked up, which makes this deal similar to the one that Darelle Revis signed with the team in 2014. Then, Revis signed a one-year contract that also included an option for the next year, which the team declined to save cap space. A similar situation will likely occur here, with Brown attempting to give himself a great year and big chance to win a Super Bowl while also getting ready for a big payday next season.