Antonio Brown Gets Massive Pay Day After Re-Signing With the Buccaneers

Published 05/26/2021, 2:13 PM EDT
Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports


Antonio Brown got paid. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver signed a new contract with the franchise this year. Brown was far from a sure thing when the Buccaneers first signed him on.

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Once one of the best wide receivers in the league, attitude problems derailed his momentum, and he fell out of favor with a lot of people of prominence.

However, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers took a chance with him. And their risk paid off well enough for them to want to retain him.

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Antonio Brown inked his new deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His contract has a base salary of $1.1 million, with a $2 million signing bonus. Meaning that he gets $3.1 million right out the gate.

But his incentives, escalator clauses, and potential bonuses could see him earn much more. Brown can earn almost another million based on his roster selection across the regular season.

Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) runs with the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Brown has several incentives and escalator clauses in the contract that could see him get paid very handsomely. Furthermore, He can earn $333,333 by completing 50 catches and then another $333,334 by completing 70 receptions.

Furthermore, he can get $333,333 if he ran for 600 yards receiving, and another $333,334 if he can generate 800 yards. Then, there is a clause that pays $333,333 for five touchdowns completed and another $333,333 if he gets to seven.

Antonio Brown can double his salary

Lastly, if the Buccaneers are able to win the Super Bowl once again, and Brown participates in close to half of the offensive plays, he earns another bonus of a quarter-million dollars. Adding all these clauses up doubles the money he’s earned right now.

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Brown could potentially earn a total of more than $6 million. However, Brown will struggle to meet these clauses, because of how competitive the Buccaneers roster is.

Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) runs with the ball as Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell (24) attempted to defend during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Can Antonio Brown find success with the Buccaneers once again? Fans can rest assured that he will be eager to help the franchise. The Buccaneers have brought back almost all their stars from the Super Bowl.

Brown’s priority will be to establish himself as a starter for the franchise. He will have to work very hard in order to break into the starting offensive unit. But Brown will be happy with his great payday.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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