Brady continued his first season in Tampa Bay by taking down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game. The Buccaneers’ 31-23 victory earned them a spot in the Super Bowl for the first time since January 2003.
As Brady celebrates the chance to win a seventh ring, he has $500,000 other reasons to wear a smile for the coming days.
Tom Brady is Super Bowl-bound yet again
Leave it to Tom Brady to make NFL history once more.
Through the end of the 2019-20 season, no NFL team had ever played a Super Bowl in their home stadium. Brady and the Buccaneers will change that on February 7, when they represent the NFC in Super Bowl 55 at Raymond James Stadium.
Barring any health issues, that night will be Brady’s 10th Super Bowl appearance. He is 6-3 in the Big Game.
Brady threw two first-half touchdowns against a Packers team that lost only one home game all season. Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette added a rushing touchdown early in the second quarter.
At age 43, Brady showed that his deep arm isn’t going away anytime soon. Brady hooked up with Chris Godwin on a 52-yard pass, one that Godwin snagged after a bobble.
In the final seconds before halftime, Brady fired a 39-yard touchdown pass to Scotty Miller, who saw increased action with Antonio Brown inactive. Tampa overcame Brady’s three interceptions to clinch their first NFC championship since the 2002 season.
Brady just earned $500,000 for his efforts
By the time Tom Brady arrived back in Florida, he may have already received a notification involving his bank account.
When Brady signed with the Buccaneers last spring, he agreed to add numerous incentives to his contract. One such incentive involved a $500,000 bonus if Tampa Bay reached the Super Bowl.
Starting quarterbacks often include those types of incentives in their contracts. But considering Tampa Bay hadn’t reached the playoffs since 2007 and how slow Brady looked to end the 2019-20 season, there were reasons to be skeptical about the Buccaneers’ chances.
Once again, Brady silenced his doubters and he has an extra $500,000 to celebrate that fact.
If Brady is in the mood to taunt his enemies and haters even more, he’ll have even more incentive to win the Super Bowl. Tampa Bay owes Brady another $500,000 if the Buccaneers win their second Lombardi Trophy.
Tom Brady earned plenty of incentives this past season
Tom Brady has spent the last few months padding his bank account in a big way.
Before the 2020 season began, 247 Sports published a full list of Brady’s incentives. Even before playing in the NFC championship game, Brady had already achieved the following:
- $500,000 for a playoff berth
- $250,000 for a playoff win (which he did in the wild-card round)
- $500,000 for reaching the NFC championship game
That amounted to $1.25 million in total incentives.
Brady also received incentives placing among the top five quarterbacks in passing yards (third) and touchdowns (second). Each incentive netted him a $562,500 bonus, or $1.13 million in total.
Brady missed individual incentives in completion percentage, passer rating, and yards per attempt because he did not record a top-5 finish in any of those three categories.
Of course, Brady can add to his incentives by winning Super Bowl 55 on February 7. A victory in the Big Game would give Brady a cool $2.25 million in added money from the postseason alone.
Considering that Tom Brady earned $25 million this season, a $250,000 bonus here and a $500,000 incentive there may not mean the world to him. But the majority of his fans would surely appreciate having money like that suddenly reach their checking account.