Rob Gronkowski had in mind the mission in the last Buccaneers game against the Panthers – but he didn’t mean it so badly that he couldn’t make a few jokes.
The cameras captured Gronkowski during Sunday’s Buccaneers-Panthers match, jokingly commenting on how he secured his seventh catch in the game. This mark would give Gronkowski 55 a year, which allowed him to earn $ 500,000 in contractual incentives. (Earlier in the game, he hit one of his incentives – also worth $ 500,000 – by overshadowing 750 yards he received per year).
He was also seen talking to quarterback Tom Brady, who refused to stay on the fourth-quarter bench as he tried to help Gronkowski hit 41-17 against Carolina.
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“If I don’t get a seventh catch,” Gronkowski joked, “I have to go find a real job.”
Rob Gronkowski was mic’d up on Sunday as he struggled to reach his $ 1 million in incentives.
“If I don’t get a seventh catch, I have to go find a real job.”
Tom Brady got the message and made sure he got the ball. 💰💰
– Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 11, 2022
With 6:29 left in the game, Brady finished Gronkowski’s seventh pass for 7 yards, giving Tampa Bay second and third position from the Panthers’ 20-yard line. The Bucs eventually kicked a goal from the field and increased their lead to 34-17. More importantly, the catch allowed the 32-year-old to get his second incentive of the evening and increase his overall income for the season.
According to Sportrac, Gronkowski can still earn more incentives if the Buccaneers this season. He can earn another $ 500,000 if he gets another three landings – he needs nine a year – and another $ 250,000 if he gets to the Super Bowl again in Tampa Bay.
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In Sunday’s match, Gronkowski had two agendas to get an incentive of up to $ 1 million. He needed to make seven catches and record at least 85 yards to get another $ 1 million in incentives for the season. Brady refused to stay on the fourth-quarter bench before giving the veteran a close chance one last chance to get his second incentive.
Sunday’s victory also helped the Buccaneers secure a second in the playoffs. Tampa Bay will face the 7th Eagles in the first round of league games on wild cards on Sunday. Winning at Raymond James Stadium will allow the Buccaneers to advance to the divisional round.