Tom Brady made sure Rob Gronkowski got paid on Sunday.
Going into the Bucs-Panthers game, Gronkowski had to pick up 7 catches for $500k in incentive money and 85 yards for another $500k.
Bucs’ TE Rob Gronkowski needs seven catches and 85 receiving yards Sunday vs. Carolina to earn a $1 million incentive. Gronkowski has a $500K incentive for 55 catches in a season and currently has 48; he’s got another $500K incentive for 650 receiving yards and currently has 565.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 9, 2022
Gronk was easily able to pick up 85 yards through three quarters.
Gronkowski again for 19 yards — that catch is good for $500,000, as he hits his yardage incentive for the season.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) January 9, 2022
Late in the fourth quarter, Gronk needed one more catch to get his $500k for catches, and Brady refused to let Arians bench him until he made sure his teammate got his bonus.
Tom Brady defied Bruce Arians and came back into game to help get Gronk his final catch for $500k incentive pic.twitter.com/bwwV8dZWDX
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) January 10, 2022
Brady immediately sat out as soon as Gronk cleared his incentive.