NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tweeted out the incentive breakdown on Antonio Brown’s one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday. The Bucs are essentially renting Brown for the final eight weeks of the season as “an insurance policy,” according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Wide receiver Mike Evans has been hobbled with an ankle injury since Week 3, and Chris Godwin has missed three games combined with a concussion and a hamstring injury, and it was revealed by the Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud on Tuesday that he suffered a fractured left index finger while making a touchdown catch at Las Vegas on Sunday. Godwin will miss the Bucs vs. Giants game on Monday night as a result, but could be ready for action against the Saints the following week.

Brown will make a base salary of $1 million over the last half of the 2020 season as long as he’s on the active roster for each of the remaining games, and his incentives are listed below.

Brown can report to the team’s headquarters for meetings and can work out with the Bucs training staff as he serves his final week of an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. He is eligible to being practicing with the Bucs on the field on Wednesday, November 4 following Tampa Bay’s game against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football as the team prepares to host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, November 8.

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BigSombrero
9 months ago

With the news of Godwin’s broken finger, this bargain basement deal is looking smarter and smarter.

Kudos to the Bucs brass, especially Arians, for listening to Brady.

Go Bucs!

BucWonder
Reply to  BigSombrero
9 months ago

Arians said Brady had nothing to do with it. It was 100% Arians and Licht, and it was in the works for awhile. Great move.

Go Bucs!

PatrioticChief
Reply to  BigSombrero
9 months ago

I think Sombrero has finally seen the light!

danielob
Reply to  PatrioticChief
9 months ago

Doubt it, the lights are on but no one’s home, ha ha.

Ian
Ian
9 months ago

What the heck is the point of offering him stat-based incentives when we expect him not to complain about targets?!?!?! Coach wants him to be a team player, then GM gives him financial incentives for stats. THIS MAKES NO SENSE.

BigSombrero
Reply to  Ian
9 months ago

I think all contracts(or pay structures) should have incentives. It gives players(or workers) a reason to put in the extra effort and strive to accomplish/exceed their goals!

As far as being a team player, don’t forget…
Together Everyone Achieves More!

Last edited 9 months ago by BigSombrero
scubog
Reply to  BigSombrero
9 months ago

So, you don’t like the concept of penalizing success through hard work and rewarding those who make less of an effort?

BigSombrero
Reply to  scubog
9 months ago

Of course not scubog. C’mon man! (as Joe might say!)

Spitfire
9 months ago

I like the incentive based idea, but I worry that it is the exact reason he may get irritated if he doesn’t get enough looks or catches. We want him to be happy just to play and have a chance at a good run, not worrying about how many touches he gets a shot at. Although he should see this as a chance to prove himself and lead to possibly 5-10x the contract next year somewhere, so hopefully the catch And TD incentives Aren’t priority #1. Hope it works out!

Buc on the Move
9 months ago

At this point, I don’t think it’s really about the money for AB. It’s about clearing your name and playing football. This is a chance for a reboot. He was brought in as a #3 WR/insurance policy on a team that doesn’t need him at the moment. If he gets elevated due to injury and plays more and balls out, then he earns more $$$. I he role plays this team to the SB then he gets more $$$ as well. Otherwise, he gets a chance to make a tiny amount (for NFL players) while re-establishing himself in a league… Read more »

Dan McLaughlin
9 months ago

Wow I hope he don’t need the money. Those incentives will be a lot to accomplish on our selfless team. It’s doable, but we do have a plethora of receiving talent and only 1 ball. Arians says if he starts squawking, he’s gone. Lay down the law Bruce! This is our year! I sure hope this works out. He’s a tremendous weapon. If it doesn’t work out, it’s not like we actually need him.

Dude
Reply to  Dan McLaughlin
9 months ago

I agree, I think it will be hard for him to hit those numbers with all of the weapons this team has. Just look at Evans targets per game and he’s suppose to be the #1 receiver. There goes his 1000 yrd per season streak! But in the end, winning isn’t about any players individual stats. The way Brady spreads the ball around makes it very hard for any team to plan against, let alone shut down.

McKay Curse
9 months ago

I do not like this move. This is not the kind of player we need on our team. As soon as the targets do not come his way, he is going to complain. If we are going to go out and look for depth, why not OL or DL? I hope this move does not come back to bite us in the ass.