New England Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown already had plenty to smile about when he earned a $2.5 million signing bonus earlier this offseason. His bank account should remain especially grateful come September, considering he’s guaranteed to receive a $1.5 million base salary during the 2022 campaign.
Although Brown is slated to wear No. 77 while he’s earning all that money next fall, he might want to focus on another number: 365.
Patriots offensive lineman Trent Brown could earn $1.5 million over the next two seasons by meeting certain weight incentives
The Patriots officially list Brown at 6-foot-8 and 380 pounds, which already makes him someone you don’t want to yell at in traffic or argue with about whether or not boneless wings are chicken nuggets.
Regardless of how the Patriots feel about the wing/nugget debate, they would clearly prefer if Brown weighed slightly less moving forward. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the veteran offensive tackle’s new contract includes various weight incentives over the next two years.
For starters, the 2019 Pro Bowl selection could earn $150,000 if he is 385 pounds or less when the Patriots’ offseason workouts begin on Monday, April 18. If he weighs in at under 375 pounds on June 1, he’ll earn another $75,000 in the process; the same goes for July 15, where he’ll need to be 364 pounds or less.
Brown’s current contract also stipulates he’ll earn $25,000 each Thursday during the 2022 and 2023 seasons if he is at or under 365 pounds that day. If all works in Brown’s favor, he can earn up to $750,000 in each of the next two years. Basic math dictates that amounts to an extra $1.5 million.
One can buy many chicken wings if they have $1.5 million to spare.
Weight incentives aren’t a new feature in the NFL, especially for those who play in the trenches
Those who might not be especially familiar with how contracts work in sports might find the idea of weight incentives to be outdated or outright offensive. Some Twitter users might even stumble upon this story and accuse the Patriots of fat-shaming a player.
The reality? Weight incentives are nothing new, especially for offensive and defensive linemen.
Although the Patriots usually listed defensive tackle Vince Wilfork at 325 pounds, he had weight clauses in 2010 and in 2014. The two-time Super Bowl champion even had a $300,000 weight incentive in the latter year. Longtime NFL nose tackle Dontari Poe had similar clauses when he played for the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys.
Former Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy had a $385,000 weight clause when he played for the Seattle Seahawks in 2017. Although the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year earned a $55,000 incentive at his first check-in, he later told ESPN The Magazine’s Kevin Van Valkenburg that he regretted including it in his deal.
“I hate that it has to be public. Because it’s like, if you don’t make it, what happens? Clearly, you don’t get the money, but whatever. I don’t really care about that. It’s just more the negative things that are going to come.”Eddie Lacy
As of publication, Brown had not publicly commented on the weight clause. Regardless of how he feels, we’ll almost certainly know his weight throughout the next two years.