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How Much Money Did The QB Make In NFL Contracts, Salary?

Considered perhaps the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady enters retirement having made more money than any football player in history. Through his contracts and annual salaries with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady’s career earnings top the all-time list.

Brady’s net worth could be even higher if he didn’t spend years taking discounts that allowed the Patriots to build championship-caliber rosters. Even though he wasn’t usually the highest-paid quarterback in football, Brady earned a record $332.962 million in his 23-year career.

During his final season, Brady made $30 million. Between incentives, his base salary and a signing bonus, Brady made a career-high $39.42 million in the 2021 season, according to Spotrac.

The Buccaneers paid Brady $97.795 million over three years. During his two decades in New England, Brady’s contracts paid him $235.166 million

Brady’s net worth is estimated to be $250 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
As the 199th pick in the 2000 draft, Brady only signed a modest rookie contract. Brady’s first deal with the Patriots was worth $864,000 over three years and included a $38,400 million signing bonus.

When Brady led the Patriots to their first-ever Super Bowl in the 2001 season, he made just north of $372,000 for the year. The largest contract Brady ever signed was a four-year, $72 million deal that he inked before the start of the 2010 season. When he left New England in 2020, Brady signed a two-year, $50 million contract with Tampa Bay.

Aaron Rodgers is second behind Brady with $305.6 million in career earnings and will likely surpass Brady if he returns for the 2023 season.

Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on after winning Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Florida.
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