When Tom Brady made his long-awaited free will decision on March 17, the widespread opinion was that he had chosen the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the Los Angeles Chargers. Simple.
In fact, it was a little more complicated. Several sources pondered the situation this week, shedding further light on what went into Brady’s pick. In fact, there were a few more interested teams than previously reported.
While Brady’s Bucs are about to debut in New Orleans, one of the teams that raced in Brady today is his opponent: the Saints. Another team that made a hidden offer was Chicago.
Both teams had more conversations about Brady and both were in the running at some point. Apparently, Brady̵
For the Saints, the investigation – back-channel or otherwise – ended when Drew Brees announced on Instagram that he would be back for 2020.
Brady made no secret of the fact that if Brees retired and headed to the TV booth, Brady would have wanted to replace him. Brady talked about it, the sources say, to some Saints players, knowing that word would return. New Orleans was also involved, with Brady being seen by manager Sean Payton as the perfect replacement for Brees.
However, when Brees announced he wasn’t finished yet, the move from Brady to New Orleans died. In the meantime, it seems the Patriots wouldn’t have had a problem with Brady and New Orleans talking, as NBCSports Boston reported that the Patriots would not file tampering charges if a team talked to Brady before his contract expired. They wanted him to know his market.
As for the Bears, they went through all of the available QBs before trading for Nick Foles (who will be backing up Chicago today). Brady was one of them and Chicago made an offer, sources say.
While there was a lot to like, Brady didn’t like the idea of playing in the cold again, leaving the Chargers and Bucs as finalists.
When he eventually chose Tampa Bay, Brady signed a two-year contract worth $ 50 million in base value with a maximum value of $ 59 million. Its incentives are interesting.
Each year has playoff-based incentives, assuming you play 75% of the stakes. The maximum value is $ 2.25 million each year.
Brady gets $ 500,000 if the Bucs make the playoffs. It becomes $ 750,000 if they win a wild card game or get a goodbye, and it becomes $ 1.25 million if they win a division round game, which turns into $ 1.75 million if they advance to the Super Bowl. It hits the high of $ 2.25 million if they win the Super Bowl.
As for personal performance incentives, Brady can reach the maximum value of $ 2.25 million if he reaches four of the five categories (and has a minimum of 224 attempts). Hitting each incentive alone earns him $ 562,000, while four of them earn him $ 2.25 million. These incentives are: top 5 in passer-by rating, top 5 in passing TDs or 25 or more, top 5 in passing yards, top 5 in completion percentage, and top 5 in yards per pass.