PatriotsThe Patriots are adding $5 million of incentives to Tom Brady’s contract

The Patriots are reportedly adding incentives to Tom Brady’s contract

Tom Brady at Patriots training camp 2018
Tom Brady at Patriots practice on August 8, 2018. –Barry Chin/Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady isn’t expected to play Thursday night in the Patriots’ preseason opener against Washington. He is, however, expected to get a nice raise.

According to an ESPN report, the NFL’s reigning MVP will have his contract adjusted within the next 24 hours to bring his compensation more in line with the salaries of the league’s other top quarterbacks.

Brady was scheduled to make $15 million this season — $14 million in salary and $1 million in 46-man roster bonuses — and with the new incentives, he could earn significantly more — perhaps as much as $5 million, according to the report.

This move is similar to what the Patriots did for tight end Rob Gronkowski last season.


Brady’s agent is Don Yee, who recently negotiated a five-year, $137.5 million deal for Jimmy Garoppolo, Brady’s former understudy, who is now playing with the 49ers.

Other top-paid signal callers include Atlanta’s Matt Ryan (five years, $150 million), Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (five years, $110 million), and Washington’s Alex Smith (four years, $94 million).