Antonio Brown has a reason to root for the Tampa Bay Bucs during the playoffs.
Less than two weeks ago, the Bucs cut Brown after head coach Bruce Arians claims he refused to go back into the game while complaining about targets.
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He was very upset at halftime about who was getting targetted, we got that calmed down, players took care of that. It started again on the sideline. We called for the personnel group that (Brown) had played in the entire game. He refused to go in the game. That’s when I went back and saw him basically wave off the coach.
“I then went back and approached him about what was going on. (Brown said,) ‘I ain’t playing.’ (Arians asked,) ‘What’s going on?’ (Brown:) ‘I ain’t getting the ball.’ That’s when I said to him, ‘You’re done. Get the eff out of here.’ That’s the end of it.”
Brown and his lawyer refute Arians’ claims and say Brown was cut on the sidelines when he told them he was too injured to play.
Despite all the drama, Brown is eligible for a big payday if the Bucs win the Super Bowl. According to NFL agent Joel Corry, Brown would receive $215k if the Bucs win the Super Bowl because he was on the team’s 53-man roster for more than eight games.
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Brown has a financial interest in Tampa Bay making a deep playoff run. If the Buccaneers repeat as Super Bowl champions, Brown will get $215,000 because of how money gets allocated during the postseason.
Conference championships: $65,000
Super Bowl winner: $150,000
Super Bowl loser: $75,000
Payment eligibility is more complicated for the conference championships and Super Bowl. The payment requirements for these two playoff rounds are outlined below.
Players who aren’t on the 53-man roster at game time who spent at least eight games on the roster (regular season or playoffs), provided they’re not under contract to another team in the same conference.