When Trent Brown re-signed with the Patriots this offseason, the workforce included an attention-grabbing bonus to assist encourage the offensive sort out.
The Patriots included $1.5 million ($750,000 every season) in bonuses tied to Brown’s weight within the two-year, $22 million contract he signed in March. Whereas the 385 and 375-pound weight objectives Brown needed to meet over the offseason might sound straightforward, the veteran has struggled along with his weight in recent times. The 6-foot-8 Brown reportedly noticed his weight go as much as 400 kilos throughout the 2020 season whereas enjoying with the Raiders.
With some huge cash on the road, Brown appeared noticeably slimmer throughout the first two weeks of Patriots coaching camp. He revealed to GQ’s Christopher Carson that he switched to a strict pescatarian food regimen over the offseason, which has helped him lose 20 kilos from the 380 kilos he beforehand weighed.
Brown instructed Carson that the food regimen change wasn’t too tough as a result of he’s eaten meals that matches inside a pescatarian food regimen since he entered the league in 2015.
“I simply needed to lower another issues out,” Brown mentioned. “As a substitute of getting bacon or sausage at breakfast—once I do eat breakfast—it could most likely be a bit of salmon or striped bass with my spinach scramble. It was actually a reasonably easy transition. That’s most likely why I’m bored with consuming salmon now. I’ve been consuming salmon and stir fry day by day for [expletive] seven years.”
Along with going full pescatarian, Brown instructed Carson that he drinks a inexperienced juice for breakfast and two gallons of water day by day. He credited the excessive quantity of water he drinks to assist suppress his urge for food.
Brown additionally mentioned that there’s some strain to maintain his weight down due to the incentives. Nevertheless, he feels assured in sticking to his routine.
With the common season approaching, Brown mentioned instructed Carson his calf is feeling good after lacking the higher a part of 9 video games final season because of a calf damage. The burden loss additionally has him feeling completely different and he has a objective to succeed in by the tip of the preseason.
“I feel dropping 20 kilos positively goes a good distance so far as mobility and serving to the best way my physique strikes,” Brown mentioned. “I’ve all the time been an explosive man, however I really feel like I’m that a lot faster and lighter on my toes now. My cardiovascular well being is certainly higher with simply not carrying the additional 20 kilos round. By the tip of camp I hope to be at round 355. That will be nice—it’s going to give myself some leeway between my weight objective and their weight objective for me, so I gained’t must be strict as hell on myself all through the season.”
The primary $300,000 in bonuses tied to Brown’s weight got here throughout the offseason. Brown needed to weigh 385 kilos or much less on the primary day of the workforce’s offseason program to earn $150,000. He needed to weigh underneath 375 kilos on June 1 and underneath 365 kilos on July 15 to earn an additional $150,000.
Brown can earn $25,000 every week throughout the common season if he weighs underneath 365 kilos, which might go as much as $425,000 if he meets it each week.
In an interview with the Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian on Thursday, Brown mentioned he “positively put within the work throughout the offseason, so I’m anticipating to reap the advantages.”
“I nonetheless really feel like I’m the very best sort out to play this sport, and I really feel like I may be among the best to ever play. I’m out to show it,” Brown mentioned. “So right here we go. Daily. Brick by brick.”
“I approached every day of this offseason, wanting to return in and be the participant I do know I may be,” Brown added. “I do know I’ve a accountability main this workforce. That’s how I’m approaching every day. I feel everyone seems to be appreciative of that. I’m appreciative of everybody round me that’s working simply as arduous to assist steer this bus in the suitable course.”
Regardless of his weight issues and calf damage, Brown had a powerful 2021 season. He allowed only one sack over the 489 snaps he performed. Professional Soccer Focus gave Brown a 78.7 general grade and an 81.2 pass-blocking grade, which might’ve ranked twenty first and thirteenth, respectively, if he performed sufficient snaps to qualify final season.
Brown solely performed proper sort out final season however is switching again to left sort out, the place he performed throughout the Patriots’ 2018 Tremendous Bowl-winning season.
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