If all goes well with Antonio Brown and the New England Patriots, there's now a mechanism in place for him to stick around.
The Patriots have added a $20 million option for the 2020 season to Brown's contract that becomes guaranteed when executed, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday.
Patriots added an option year for Antonio Brown in 2020 at $20 million which becomes guaranteed if executed, per source. It was done to help for cap proration purposes this season. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 9, 2019
As Schefter notes, this is mostly a bookkeeping move for New England, which reportedly agreed to a one-year, $15 million deal with Brown over the weekend that includes $9 million guaranteed.
While further details about Brown's contract are unclear, The Boston Globe's Ben Volin pointed out that adding a second year to the 31-year-old's deal may allow the Patriots to spread his contract out and get under the cap this season.
In-depth news coverage of the Greater Boston Area.
Even though Brown can make up to $15m this year, my hunch is his cap number will be around $8 million. Revis played for $12m and his cap number was $7m https://t.co/BScu3YDFjO — Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 9, 2019
it allows them to spread out the signing bonus over two years. So instead of a $9m hit this year, it's $4.5m this year and $4.5m next year — Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 9, 2019
New England also can decline Brown's option in 2020 and make him a free agent if they believe $20 million is too steep, so this appears to be a smart move by Bill Belichick and his staff.
Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.