The New England Patriots haven't officially announced the Antonio Brown signing, but details of the wide receiver's contract with the team continue to surface.
The latest report comes from NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, who revealed Monday the incentives (and their dollar value) in Brown's contract.
#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
These incentives are pretty high, and Brown will need to play at an elite level to hit them. It's certainly not an impossible task, though.
Brown has averaged 114 receptions, 1,524 yards and 11 touchdowns over the last six seasons, all spent with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He tallied 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and a league-leading 15 touchdowns in 15 games last season.
The touchdown and reception incentives will be hard to hit given the depth and abundance of talent throughout New England wide receiver corps. Brown will be fighting for targets with Julian Edelman (the best slot receiver in football), Josh Gordon, Demaryius Thomas, Phillip Dorsett and possibly, at some point, rookie N'Keal Harry (currently on injured reserve). The yards incentive is a realistic target. Brown is capable of big plays, and he caught at least one pass for 40-plus yards in six of his 15 games in 2018.
Earlier on Thursday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Patriots added a $20 million option year in 2020 on to Brown's contract for salary cap purposes.
Brown is expected to make his debut for the Patriots in their Week 2 game against the Dolphins in Miami. Oddsmakers have pegged New England as a 16-point favorite.
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