Despite a wide receiver corps that is loaded with talent, the Bucs opted to sign the troubled, yet ultra-talented Brown on Friday night. Brown’s suspension for violating the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy will run until the conclusion of Week 8, at which point he can officially join the team.
The Bucs play the New Orleans Saints in Week 9, which figures to be Brown’s debut performance for Tampa Bay. It has been over a year since Brown appeared in an NFL game, catching four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in his lone game with the Patriots in 2019.
UPDATE: Adam Schefter reported the details of Brown’s incentive-laden contract with the Bucs on Sunday, with all of his incentives tied to the Bucs making the playoffs.
Brown will receive $1 million in base salary and roster bonuses with a potential max value of $2.5 million. The incentives include a $750,000 bonus if the Bucs win the Super Bowl and three $250,000 bonuses for yards, receptions and touchdowns, per Schefter.
Antonio Brown’s one-year deal with Tampa has a max value of $2.5 million, per source. It includes a $750,000 bonus for a Super Bowl win, and three $250,000 bonuses — one for receptions, one for yards and one for TDs. The remaining $1 million is in base salary and roster bonuses.
The caveat however, is that the Bucs must make the playoffs for Brown to receive any of his bonuses.
Antonio Brown has to hit the individual marks and Tampa has to make the playoffs for him to cash on his $1.5 million worth of incentives. To earn any incentive, Bucs have to make playoffs. https://t.co/HVgU54aS1g
Schefter also reported that the deal is expected to be finalized by Monday and despite Brown’s suspension keeping him off of the practice field until Nov. 3, the veteran receiver will be able to enter the Bucs facility once he clears COVID protocol on Wednesday where he can begin attending meetings and working out with Tampa Bay’s training staff.
Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft