Patriots quarterback Tom Brady can earn up to $5 million in performance-based incentives this season, according to multiple reports about his reworked contract.
Brady — who was scheduled to make $15 million for the upcoming year — has the opportunity to bank a nice raise if he, per Sports Illustrated‘s Albert Breer, finishes as a top-five player in the following statistical categories:
- Quarterback rating: Brady finished with a 102.8 quarterback rating last season, behind only Alex Smith (104.7) and Drew Brees (103.9). In 2016, he finished with a 112.2 QB rating, behind only Matt Ryan (117.1). During his 17 years as a starter in the NFL, excluding the 2008 season when he tore his ACL, Brady has finished outside of the top five on 11 occasions (2015, 2013, 2012, 2006, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001).
- Completion percentage: Brady completed 66.3 percent of his passes last season — a mark good enough for fifth best in the league. He ranked behind Brees (72.0 percent), Case Keenum (67.6), Smith (67.5), and Josh McCown (67.3). In 2016, he completed 67.4 percent of his passes — also good enough for fifth best in the league that year. Brady has finished outside of the top five 10 times (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, and 2002).
- Yards per pass attempt: Brady averaged 7.9 yards per attempt last season, tying Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford, and Jameis Winston for fourth best in the league. Brees (8.1 yards per attempt), Smith (8.0), and Jared Goff (8.0) ranked ahead of Brady. In 2016, Brady averaged 8.2 yards per attempt and finished behind only Ryan (9.3). He has finished outside of the top five 11 times (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001).
- Touchdown passes: Brady connected for 32 touchdown passes last season, just one touchdown short of tying Wentz (33) and two touchdowns short of Russell Wilson (34). In 2016, Brady recorded 28 TD passes, tying Winston and Derek Carr for seventh best in the league. He also finished outside of the top five in 2013, 2009, 2004, 2003, and 2001.
- Passing yards: Brady threw for a league-best 4,577 yards last season. In 2016, he threw for 3,554 yards, which ranked 20th in the league. Brady’s total touchdown passes and passing yards were likely down due to his four-game suspension to open the season. He also finished outside of the top five in 2014, 2013, 2010, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001.
Breer also reports each incentive is worth $2 million if the Patriots win Super Bowl LIII, but the bonuses are capped at $5 million. Brady must log a minimum of 224 attempts and play 70 percent of offensive snaps to be eligible.