Patriots’ Trent Brown switched to pescatarian diet to meet weight goals

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Brown has $1.5 million in bonuses over the next two seasons tied to his weight.

Davon Godchaux was greeted with much appreciation on Thursday. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

When Trent Brown re-signed with the Patriots this offseason, the team included a nice bonus to help motivate offensive tackle.

The Patriots included $1.5 million ($750,000 each season) in bonuses related to Brown’s weight in the $22 million contract he signed in March. While the weight goals of 385 and 375 pounds that Brown had to achieve in the offseason may seem easy, the veteran has struggled with his weight in recent years. The 6-foot-8 Brown reportedly saw his weight jump to 400 pounds during the 2020 season while playing with the Raiders.

With big money on the line, Brown has looked noticeably thinner through the first two weeks of Patriots training camp. He revealed to GQ’s Christopher Carson that he switched to a strict pescatarian diet during the offseason, which helped him lose 20 pounds from the 380 pounds he used to weigh.

Brown told Carson the diet change wasn’t too difficult because he’s been eating foods that fit into a pescatarian diet since entering the league in 2015.

“I just had to cut other things,” Brown said. “Instead of having bacon or sausage for breakfast – when I have breakfast – it would probably be a piece of salmon or striped bass with my spinach scramble. It was really quite a smooth transition This is probably why I’m sick of eating salmon now I’ve been eating salmon and stir fry every day since [expletive] seven years.”

Along with going full pescatarian, Brown told Carson that he drinks a green juice for breakfast and two gallons of water every day. He credited the large amount of water he drinks with helping to suppress his appetite.

Brown also said there was some pressure to maintain her weight because of the incentives. However, he feels confident to stick to his diet.

Heading into the regular season, Brown told Carson his calf was feeling fine after missing most of last season’s nine games with a calf injury. The weight loss also makes him feel different and he has a goal to achieve by the end of pre-season.

“I think losing 20 pounds definitely helps with mobility and the way my body moves,” Brown said. “I’ve always been an explosive guy, but I feel like I’m much faster and lighter on my feet now. My cardiovascular health is definitely better if I’m not carrying the extra 20 pounds. By the end of camp I hope to be around 355. That would be great – it will give me some leeway between my goal weight and their goal weight for me so I won’t have to be as strict as hell on myself throughout the season.”

Brown’s first $300,000 in weight-related bonuses came in the offseason. Brown had to weigh 385 pounds or less on the first day of the team’s offseason program to earn $150,000. He had to weigh less than 375 pounds on June 1 and less than 365 pounds on July 15 to win an additional $150,000.

Brown can earn $25,000 a week during the regular season if he weighs less than 365 pounds, which can go up to $425,000 if he meets him weekly.

In an interview with the Boston Herald’Like Karen Guregian on Thursday, Brown said he “definitely worked in the offseason, so I expect to reap the benefits.”

“I still feel like I’m the best tackler to play this game, and I feel like I can be one of the best to ever play. I’m here to prove it,” he said. Brown said. “So here we go. Day by day. Brick by brick.”

“I’ve approached every day of this offseason wanting to come in and be the player I know I can be,” Brown added. “I know that I have a responsibility at the head of this team. This is how I approach each day. I think everyone appreciates it. I appreciate everyone around me working just as hard to help steer this bus in the right direction.

Despite his weight issues and calf injury, Brown has had a strong 2021 season. He has allowed just one sack in the 489 snaps he has played. Pro Football Focus gave Brown an overall rating of 78.7 and a pass blocking rating of 81.2, which would have ranked 21st and 13th respectively had he played enough snaps to qualify last season.

Brown exclusively played at right tackle last season, but is returning to left tackle, where he played during the Patriots’ 2018 Super Bowl-winning season.

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