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Win on frozen tundra will earn Tom Brady a cool half-million, ESPN says

The 43-year-old Bucs quarterback cashes in on a $500,000 contract incentive with a victory against the Packers.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady can get up to $1 million in incentives if he wins today and on Feb. 7.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady can get up to $1 million in incentives if he wins today and on Feb. 7. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jan. 24
Updated Jan. 26

Bucs quarterback Tom Brady can pad his $25 million annual salary with performance bonuses totaling $1 million if he can lead the Bucs to a Super Bowl title, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported.

Brady, making his 14th appearance in a conference title game, receives a $500,000 contract incentive if the Bucs defeat the Packers for the NFC championship today at Lambeau Field. He makes another $500,00 if the Bucs win Super Bowl 55 at Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 7.

Citing anonymous sources, Schefter reported Brady, 43, already has collected $1.25 million in incentives during Tampa Bay’s postseason run: $500,000 for making it to the playoffs, $250,000 for the wild-card win at Washington, and another $500,000 for last Sunday’s divisional playoff win against the Saints.

Brady signed a guaranteed two-year, $50 million deal with the Bucs in March that included $4.5 million in incentives per year and prohibited all tags and trades. On Friday, he was asked what gave him confidence about the Bucs when he decided to join them in the offseason after 20 years in New England.

“Well, I looked at just the whole situation; there were a lot of reasons to come here,” he said.

“Obviously (we’ve got) a great coaching staff and a lot of really great players. (I was) just wanting to come and compete. I’ve loved working with my teammates. We’ve all worked really hard to get to this point. To play in a championship game is a great experience. I love being able to do that with this group of guys who have worked really hard to get to this point.”

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