Lockout threatens workout bonuses
A common thought in the football world is that players will not lose money in a lockout until the regular-season games start. But offseason workout bonuses easily could be flushed away.
ESPN obtained a copy of some of the biggest workout bonuses that players have, and whom this lockout will hit in the wallet sooner rather than later. Jets offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson has the biggest offseason workout bonus -- $750,000 if he participates in 85 percent of the workouts.
If the lockout ends, the offseason schedule gets pushed back and a team has only five workouts, a player who needed more than 85 percent attendance would have to attend all of the workouts, because missing just one workout would put him at 80 percent attendance. If there is no offseason, the players would lose their workout bonuses entirely.
Whatever the numbers are, the bonuses are jeopardized the longer the lockout lasts.
Top Workout Bonuses
2011 NFL Workout Bonuses
|New York Jets||D'Brickashaw Ferguson||$750,000||85|
|New York Giants||Shawn Andrews||$500,000||90|
|Seattle Seahawks||Stacy Andrews||$500,000||90|
|San Francisco 49ers||Nate Clements||$500,000||90|
|Chicago Bears||Jay Cutler||$500,000||90|
|Miami Dolphins||Karlos Dansby||$500,000||90|
|Washington Redskins||DeAngelo Hall||$500,000||85|
|Buffalo Bills||Shawne Merriman||$500,000||70|
|Arizona Cardinals||Kerry Rhodes||$500,000||85|
|Green Bay Packers||Aaron Rodgers||$500,000||85|
|Dallas Cowboys||DeMarcus Ware||$500,000||90|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Donald Penn||$400,000||85|
|New England Patriots||Tom Brady*||$250,000||90|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Matt Cassel||$250,000||90|
|New Orleans Saints||Sedrick Ellis||$250,000||90|
|Minnesota Vikings||Bryant McKinnie||$250,000||90|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Chad Ochocinco||$250,000||85|
|Indianapolis Colts||Robert Mathis||$160,000||90|
|*Brady can recover in 2012; bonus increases to $500,000 if there are no 2011 workouts|
Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider.
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