Tom Brady bet on himself this season and lost big.
As part of a series of team-friendly deals the three-time MVP has taken from the New England Patriots, Brady had $5 million in performance bonuses built into his contract for 2018 — and he will receive exactly none of that money.
Brady was in line to receive $1 million for finishing in the top five in the league in each of passer rating, completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdown passes and passing yards, according to contract data from Spotrac.com. He failed to accomplish any of those.
The closest he got was finishing seventh in passing yards (4,355). He also finished 10th in touchdown passes (29) but was outside the top 10 in the other three categories.
The 41-year-old quarterback appeared to be showing signs of wear and tear this season from his now 19 years in the league, but he still earned his 10th straight Pro Bowl selection and 14th overall. He also led the Patriots to the AFC East title, a second seed in the playoffs and a first-round bye.
So, all told, Brady still made out all right in 2018, not to mention the $15 million he was due anyway.
GIANTS’ ‘NO HOLDS BARRED’ MEETING WITH ELI
Eli Manning might very well be brought back for a 16th season as the Giants quarterback, but general manager Dave Gettleman isn’t ready to publicly commit to it.
Gettleman said a decision has not yet been made regarding the team’s quarterback plans for next season, simply stating that he will do what’s in the best interest of the Giants.
Gettleman relayed that he had a long, “no holds barred” conversation with Manning, but refused to share the details of the discussion.
“It was a very honest and upfront conversation,” Gettleman told reporters. “We’re trying to build sustained success. That takes brutal honesty and tough decisions.”
This season, Manning had a career-high 66 per cent completion rate, threw for more than 4,000 yards, with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, while failing to reach the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years.
“He still can make the NFL throws. He’s still got it, that part,” Gettleman said.
Though the Giants hold the sixth overall pick in the next draft, the upcoming quarterback class, headlined by Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, greatly pales in comparison to last year’s elite crop.
“If you make something a priority, you will make a mistake,” Gettleman said. “It’s got to be in the flow of what you’re doing. You can’t force it, especially at quarterback.”