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Tom Brady of the New England Patriots reacts to his teams first quarter touchdown while playing the Detroit Lions during a preseason game at Ford Field on August 08, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

The guaranteed $50 million in Tom Brady’s new contract is relatively unprecedented, but what about the other $9 million? How does Brady maximize the deal?

We now have those answers courtesy of NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, who released the incentives in Brady’s deal Friday afternoon.

Brady will have $4.5 million in possible incentives each year. $2.25 million is tied to regular season statistical incentives, while the other $2.25 million is tied to the postseason.

For his regular season incentives to kick in, Brady needs to finish top five in the league in passer rating, touchdowns, completion percentage, and yards per pass. Those shouldn’t be too challenging in Bruce Arians vertical offense. For context, Jameis Winston managed to lead the NFL is passing yards last season (5,109) even with his legendary struggles.

When it comes to the postseason, Brady just needs to win. The incentives are tied to playoff games and Super Bowl appearances. The deeper he goes, the more he makes.

Will he hit his incentives and earn the full $59 million? We’ll have to wait and see to find out, but given the situation and roster in Tampa it certainly feels likely.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at