Antonio Brown is no longer a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And he seemed to burn an awful lot of bridges on his way out. But that doesn’t mean he won’t be cheering for his former squad during their quest for a second straight Lombardi Trophy.
It should be noted, however, that Brown’s reasons for rooting on the Bucs will have less to do with any friendships or respect for the franchise, and more to do with money. That’s because AB could be in for quite the bonus if Tampa wins the Super Bowl, even though he’s not playing for the team anymore.
According to CBS Sports, the NFL has released the playoff pay scales for players based on how far they make it:
- Wild card division winners: $42,500
- Other wild cards: $37,500
- Wild card byes: $37,500
- Divisional round: $42,500
- Conference championships: $65,000
- Super Bowl winner: $150,000
- Super Bowl loser: $75,000
Only players on the 53-man roster can make the Wild Card and Divisional Round money. However, it a different story when it comes to Conference Championship and Super Bowl money.
There are a different set of much more lenient stipulations that a player must meet in order to cash in during the final two rounds of the NFL postseason. CBS provided a list of those stipulations, and it just so happens that Antonio Brown qualifies under the following one:
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.
Brown was on the Bucs’ roster up until week 17, when he had his highly-publicized blowup that saw him strip down on the sideline before running off the field at MetLife during the middle of Tampa’s game against the Jets.
He has since gone the whole media tour thing, calling out his former coach, Tom Brady, and the rest of his Bucs teammates. But I guess he’ll be cheering them on and hoping for the best for Tommy and the guys over the next month or so.
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