Trent Brown, Patriots reportedly agree to revised contract with $2 million added in incentives


Trent Brown is still expected to become a free agent after the 2023 season.

New England Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown looks to block against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL football game at Gillette Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023 in Foxborough, Mass.
Trent Brown’s presence was missed during the Patriots’ Week 2 loss to the Dolphins. Winslow Townson / AP

Trent Brown is reportedly putting himself in a position to earn a bit more money this season.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brown and the Patriots have agreed to a revised contract that will see the team add another $2 million in potential incentives this season.

Brown can now earn a maximum of $13 million this season, and he is still set to become a free agent after the 2023 campaign wraps.

It’s not often you see teams dole out raises in the middle of the season, especially when there is not any term added to the restructured contract.

But given Brown’s importance to New England’s offense, the rationale is there for the Patriots to sweeten the pot for their 6-foot-8 starting left tackle.

When Brown is engaged and locked in, he can be one of the top tackles in the NFL, as was the case when he solidified New England’s O-line en route to a Super Bowl title in 2018.

Carving out a path for Brown to maximize his payday in 2023 stands as an obvious motivator for Brown, especially with free agency right around the corner.

Brown was likely due for a pay bump on his existing deal anyway, given that his current deal with the Patriots was signed with him projected as a right tackle.

Brown was solid as one of the few O-line starters available for New England’s Week 1 loss to the Eagles, with Jones only getting sacked twice by a stout Philadelphia pass rush — both of which came in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.

New England’s Week 2 loss to the Dolphins was a different story, especially with Brown ruled out due to a concussion. With Brown no longer shielding Jones’ blind side, Miami’s pass rush racked up four sacks, eight quarterback hits, and eight tackles for loss in what was a 24-17 loss for the Patriots on Sunday night.

Brown’s status will be crucial entering a must-win Week 3 showdown against the Jets at MetLife Stadium, especially given the lackluster returns put forth by New England’s remaining tackles in Calvin Anderson (three hits, one sack surrendered) and Vederian Lowe (one sack allowed) against Miami.