New England Patriots

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are expected to make “adjustments” to his contract for the 2018 season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The changes will likely be official by Friday afternoon.

Brady is set to earn $15 million this season – $14 million base salary, plus $1 million in roster bonuses. But according to Schefter, his contract adjustment will reportedly include “performance-based incentives” that would “bring him closer to market” with other top-earning quarterbacks. It would be a similar adjustment to what Rob Gronkowski got in 2017.

In order to earn the highest base salary in the NFL in 2018, Brady’s incentives would have to total $8.5 million to surpass the $22.5 million base salary for the Minnesota Vikings’ Kirk Cousins. He’d have to have a chance to earn another $15 million in order to match the $30 million AAV for the Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan.

He’d only need to earn another $12.6 million in order to inch past the $27.5 million AAV for his former backup, now-49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

Now, the attention (in terms of contracts) turns to Gronkowski, who got similar adjustments to his deal last season. It’ll be interesting to see exactly how much Brady can earn, and what he has to accomplish to get there.

UPDATE: Multiple reports indicate that Brady will earn another $5 million in performance-based incentives. Not exactly closer to the top of the market, but closer to the market anyway.

If Brady earns the full $20 million, it would tie him with Blake Bortles and Sam Bradford as the 10th-highest-paid QB in the league.

Despite the potential pay-bump, it likely won’t lead to Brady taking the field in the preseason opener. According to multiple reports, he’s unlikely to play against the Redskins.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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