Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski earned a $1 million contract bonus following his performance in Week 18 against the Carolina Panthers. Prior to the Panthers game, Gronkowski needed five catches and 58 receiving yards to land a handsome incentive.
Gronkowski finished the game with seven receptions and 137 yards and landed a $1 million bonus. Brady didn't let coach Bruce Arians get him and Gronkowski out of the game with under seven minutes to play. After Gronkowski hit the incentive, Brady was OK with being subbed out.
After the game, Gronkowski was asked how would he be spending his money. “It’s cool to hit those,” Gronkowski said, as quoted on Total Pro Sports. “Gonna have to bring out all the tight ends out to dinner, couple of the quarterbacks.
I don’t bring Tom (Brady). I’ll bring the backup quarterbacks out to dinner and all that good stuff. Take my coach out to dinner. Everybody’s expecting a little handout”.
Gronkowski, Brady delivered for the Buccaneers
Starting late in the second quarter, the Buccaners scored a touchdown in four of their next five possesions and ended up beating the Panthers 41-17.
“We needed that surge of momentum,” Gronkowski said. “The first couple drives were pretty crappy. No doubt about that. We can’t have that going forward. Every game from here on out is ‘do or die.’ It’s gonna be the playoffs.
That’s gonna hurt us big time if we go out there and we have three drives for 20 yards in the playoffs. So we’ve gotta clean that up big-time. And we just woke up, I would say, we just woke up as an offense and just started firing”.
Brady was happy after helping the Bucs finish as the second set in their conference. “In the end, it’s a great achievement to get the two seed,” said Brady, who finished with a career-high 5,316 passing yards as he enters his 19th postseason.
“It just felt good to win today. Whatever happened with other teams, you can’t ever really control those things. Even for the next game – I don’t know, what, you’re worried about two games from now? I’m not worried about two games from now.
I’m worried about one game from now, which is the Eagles. I don’t care if the Rams would have won. That’s alright. We still got the Eagles, and that’s gonna be the biggest game of our season, and if we win – whoever we play, wherever we play, we’re still going and that’s what we wanna do”.