By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
Antonio Brown’s contract with the Patriots could be worth up to $15 million, but there are no guarantees that Brown will hit all of the incentives that would maximize his earnings this season.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Brown can earn up to $4.5 million in performance incentives, but the numbers the wide receiver would have to put up seem to be difficult to earn.
#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
Brown could potentially hit some of the incentives, but all three seem unlikely. Brown’s career high in touchdowns, 15, was set last season. He has surpassed 105 catches and 1,300 yards four times in his career, but will have a maximum of 15 games to hit those marks this season.
Brown’s contract also includes a $20 million option year for 2020, but the Patriots seem unlikely to actually exercise that option and likely only included that provision in the contract to manage Brown’s cap hit for this season.
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