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Tom Brady gets five statistical incentives worth $1 million each

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FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 9 : Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on before the preseason game between the New England Patriots and the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium on August 9, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has agreed to a new contract that will pay him up to $5 million in incentives based on his 2018 performance, and it turns out that he would have earned the full $5 million if he’d had the same incentives in his deal.

According to Albert Breer of, Brady will earn $1 million for each of these statistical accomplishments:

* Top 5 in passer rating (Brady was third in 2017)
* Top 5 in completion percentage (Brady was fifth in 2017)
* Top 5 in yards per attempt (Brady was fourth in 2017)
* Top 5 in touchdown passes (Brady was third in 2017)
* Top 5 in passing yards (Brady was first in 2017)

If the Patriots win the Super Bowl, Brady would get $2 million per incentive, although that’s with a maximum value of $5 million, so even if he hits all five incentives and wins the Super Bowl, he’d still get $5 million.

Given that he would have hit all five incentives last year, Brady surely feels confident that he can make the full $5 million this year. Still, it feels a little meager: Given all Brady has accomplished and how willing he’s been to sign team-friendly contracts, he could easily argue that the Patriots ought to just add an extra $5 million (or more) guaranteed to his contract.