Many Patriots fans will get paid on Friday. They'll rejoice. They'll pay their bills. They'll take their significant others out to dinner. They'll bet big on Gonzaga, Oregon or one of the Carolinas. They'll have a new lease on life.
But none will see their bank accounts get a boost quite like the one their quarterback got today.
When Tom Brady was given an extension last offseason, he was due a $28 million signing bonus. Half of that was sent his way as soon as he signed. The other half? That was due to him on on Mar. 31, per ESPN's Field Yates.
Brady's signing-bonus installments have helped to even out his relatively microscopic base salaries in 2016 and 2017 -- $1 million each.
The 39-year-old is under contract with the Patriots through 2019. He's scheduled to have base salaries of $14 million in both 2018 and 2019.
Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.
The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit.
Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season.
The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons. ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.
The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012.
McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.