Thursday, March 17, 2011
Lockout jeopardizes big workout bonuses
By Tim Graham
A lot of money will go bye-bye if the NFL work stoppage eliminates offseason workouts.
That's a legitimate possibility if owners and players can't hammer out a deal well before training camps normally would begin.
ESPN's Adam Schefter has compiled a list of the NFL's richest workout bonuses and the attendance percentages required to earn them.
New York Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson has the biggest incentive in the league at $750,000. He must attend 85 percent of the workouts to collect.
Other big AFC East bonuses:
- Miami Dolphins inside linebacker Karlos Dansby: $500,000
- Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Shawne Merriman: $500,000
- New York Jets defensive end Bryan Thomas: $500,000
- New York Jets defensive end Mike DeVito: $350,000
- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: $250,000
- New York Jets outside linebacker Calvin Pace: $250,000
- New York Jets inside linebacker Bart Scott: $250,000
- New England Patriots defensive end Ty Warren: $250,000
- New England Patriots outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain: $200,000
- Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall: $200,000
- New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson: $200,000
- New England Patriots inside linebacker Jerod Mayo: $180,000
Brady, however, is covered if there aren't any 2011 offseason workouts. His 2012 bonus will inflate to $500,000 in that case.