The Buccaneers are playoff-bound for the first time since 2007, and they’ll start their postseason journey by facing Alex Smith and the Washington Football Team.
Brown has extra reasons to be happy in the days leading up to his first playoff game since January 2018. Thanks to Brady, Brown just received a $250,000 infusion to his bank account.
Antonio Brown has impressed with the Buccaneers
When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Antonio Brown in October, it seemed like a marriage destined to fail.
Not only did Brown impress on the field, but he avoided any of the off-field issues and character concerns that forced him out of his previous three teams. Brown hauled in 45 catches for 483 yards and four touchdowns in eight games and four stats for the Buccaneers.
Across a full 16-game season, that is a 90-catch, 966-yard, eight-touchdown pace. Those are terrific numbers for any player, especially one who had played only one game between September 2019 through October 2020.
Brown did most of that damage in Week 17, totaling 11 catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-27 victory over Matt Ryan and the Falcons.
Tom Brady made sure Brown received a $250,000 gift in Week 17
Antonio Brown’s excellent Week 17 performance helped him in more ways than one.
Tampa Bay included various incentives in Brown’s contract, including those for receptions and receiving yards. Tom Brady completed three easy shovel passes to Brown in the game’s final two minutes.
Because a shovel pass counts as a pass, Brown finished his first season in Tampa Bay with 45 catches on the season. Brown earned an extra $250,000 incentive for hitting 45 catches and being on a Buccaneers team that reached the playoffs.
According to Sports Illustrated, Brown would have received another $250,000 if he hit 650 yards. If Brown finished with six touchdowns instead of four, that would have earned him yet another $250,000.
The Buccaneers need Brown at his best in the postseason
Antonio Brown and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got hot at the right time.
Tampa Bay travels to Alex Smith and the Washington Football Team in the NFC wild-card round. A healthy Antonio Brown — and one who is making smart decisions — will be key to Tampa’s postseason hopes.
Brown caught on late in the season, even with the three shovel passes in Week 17. Tampa Bay is seeing the duo of Tom Brady and Brown that the Patriots figured they would have had in the 2019 season.
The Buccaneers cannot afford to have things go wrong right now — or for Brown to return to his diva ways. If Brown continues on his current path, it isn’t unrealistic to see the Buccaneers taking the field at Raymond James Stadium in Super Bowl 55.