Don’t worry, fans of the New England. Tom Brady and the Patriots are still on good terms.
Needless to say, it’s been an interesting offseason in New England. We didn’t know when Brady and Rob Gronkowski would report to camp. We weren’t even positive that Gronk would still be on the team come preseason. They traded wideout Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams. Another wideout, Julian Edelman, will serve a four-game suspension to start the season. Bill Belichick and company are trying to avenge their loss to the Eagles in the Super Bowl.
It’s all been a bit of a blur.
But one thing does seem certain now: Brady isn’t going anywhere. He’s even getting a little more incentive to stay. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the incentives will take Brady’s contract closer to what his true market value is.
“Patriots expected to make adjustments to Tom Brady’s contract, per source. Brady is scheduled to make $15 million – a bargain – and they will be adding a variety of performance-based incentives to bring him to closer to market.”
So, what’s the official number? Not to worry; Schefter provides that too.
“Compensation update: Patriots are adding up to $5 million in performance-based incentives to Tom Brady’s contract, per source.”
In the meantime, Brady is coming off yet another strong season. He led the league in passing yards (4,577) at age 40, earning All-Pro honors for the third time. His passer rating sat at 102.8, marking the third consecutive season in which it finished over 100. He and the Patriots have won the AFC East for nine straight seasons. And right now, there’s nobody in that division that can touch them. This coming season, it’s all about finishing the job. Now Brady has even more incentive to do so.
Even if he didn’t need it in the first place.