It has been a couple of days, and much of the NFL world is still processing the news of Antonio Brown signing with the Patriots. Brown only waited a couple of hours after being released by the Oakland Raiders before he agreed to terms with New England.
Details of Brown’s one-year deal with the Pats are now available. His base salary is only $1 million, but he received a $9 million signing bonus and has the opportunity to make as much as $15 million if he hits on a number of incentives.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has the full breakdown.
#Patriots deal with Antonio Brown: $1M fully guaranteed base, $9M signing bonus ($5M now, $4M later), $500K in 46-man roster bonuses & NLTBE incentives of $1.5M for each of these — 105 catches, 1,298 yds, 16 TDs. Total: $15M. Plus a $20M option that’s guaranteed if picked up
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 9, 2019
The most interesting aspect of Brown’s contract is the $20 million option for 2020. It indicates the franchise is open to bringing him back if all goes well.
However, considering the entire $20 million would be guaranteed, Brown has to really establish that he’s a fit for the Patriots, both culturally and football-wise.
Without Brown, the Pats had no problem disposing of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. Tom Brady was masterful, throwing for 341 yards and three touchdowns, two to Phillip Dorsett and another to Josh Gordon.
Once Brown gets into the fold, it is scary to think about the weapons New England will have. Him, Dorsett, Gordon, Julian Edelman and rookie Jakobi Meyers might be the top receiving corps in the NFL, and first-round pick N’Keal Harry is recovering on IR with a chance to make an impact later in the year.