5:03 AM ET
Adam SchefterESPN Senior Writer
- ESPN NFL Insider
- Joined ESPN in 2009
- Former president of the Pro Football Writers of America and the author of four books
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown lost at least $320,000 over his three-game suspension for misrepresenting his COVID-19 vaccination status, but he will have the chance to make it all back — and then some.
Brown is in striking distance of $1 million in total contract incentives — $333,333 each for receptions, yards and touchdowns. He entered Sunday with 29 receptions and had 10 in the Bucs’ 32-6 win over the Carolina Panthers, leaving him needing 11 in the final two games to earn an additional $333,333, according to a review of his contract.
Brown also entered with 418 receiving yards and added 101, now needing 281 more in the final two games to earn another $333,333 in incentives. He also has five touchdowns and needs two more to make another $333,333.
After serving his three-game suspension, Brown was expected to be Tom Brady‘s No. 1 receiving option Sunday and possibly beyond for the Buccaneers, who will be without star receivers Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. Brown led the way with 15 targets Sunday, with no other receiver getting more than four.
The Bucs announced this past week that Godwin will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, and Evans was out Sunday against the Panthers with a hamstring injury.
Brown attained a $250,000 incentive last year in the regular-season finale, when he hauled in three receptions from Brady on the final drive of the game against the Falcons.