After Trent Brown signed a two-year deal to return to the Patriots, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reports that the offensive tackle’s contract is highly based on incentives surrounding his weight and playing time.
With Brown currently listed at 380 pounds, the Patriots instituted a program in which he will earn money for consistently weighing in at or below 365 pounds. Reiss reports the program that can earn him up to $750,000 over the next two seasons consists of the following:
- Weighing in below 385 by the start of the team’s offseason program earns Brown $150,000.
- If Brown weighs in at or below 375 pounds by Jun. 1, he will earn $75,000.
- If Brown weighs in at or below 365 pounds by Jul. 15, he will earn another $75,000.
- The most interesting incentive comes on a weekly basis during the season, as Brown will earn $25,000 for each week that he weighs in at or below 365 pounds.
The second aspect regarding bonuses in Brown’s contract revolves around playing time. The Patriots hope to improve his attendance on the field, as injuries have limited him to just 25 games over the last three seasons.
Brown’s playing time incentives will be based on the percentage of snaps that he plays. Starting at 65 percent of snaps, Brown will earn $500,000 and another $500,000 if that snap count increases by five percent. From 75 to 90 percent of snaps, Brown earns $750,000 as the numbers ascend by five percentage points. If Brown plays 95 percent of snaps, he will outright earn $500,000.
For Brown to make the money laid out on the table, his ability to stay in shape and healthy will determine his paychecks throughout the contract.