It is common place for NFL players to have incentives written into their contracts. Jason Pierre-Paul would have been award a check if he hit 12.5 sacks on the season. Unfortunately for him, it didn’t happen, but another Buccaneer received a big payday Sunday.
Bucs receiver Antonio Brown needed seven catches in the fourth quarter Sunday to get a $250,000 bonus. Then he needed three catches in the final 2:15. Tom Brady got him the ball, and he got the bonus. Our story: https://t.co/xo7sK6DMPR
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This sentiment makes the play calling a bit more clear, as the Buccaneers opted to throw late in a game that was in hand.
Many fans were hoping Ronald Jones II hit 1,000 yards on the season. It would have been nice, but rookie contracts don’t have performance laden incentives.
Antonio Brown has been a huge addition to the offense. It took a few games to get rolling, but his three touchdowns in just as many games show just why Tom Brady has vouched for him.
The Buccaneers will play on Saturday, and with the health of Mike Evans uncertain, Brown and company will have to step up in a big way.