NFC South: incentive clause

Kellen Winslow missing out on big bonus

December, 17, 2011
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Tampa Bay tight end Kellen Winslow is making $8.259 million in base salary this season, but he’s going to miss out on a $4.45 million bonus.

According to contract numbers obtained by ESPN.com, Winslow’s contract contained a huge incentive clause that will not be met. The contract was signed after Winslow was traded to the Bucs in 2009 and it stipulated that Winslow would be paid the hefty bonus at the end of this season if certain criteria were met.

Winslow needed to record 80 receptions in each season from 2009 through 2011 and be selected to the Pro Bowl each year. Winslow has done neither. He had 77 receptions in 2009 and 66 in 2010. He has 58 through 13 games this season. Winslow was not selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009 or 2010 and isn’t likely to get there this season.

Winslow has made some extra money off another incentive clause for making an unspecified number of receptions (obviously fewer than 80 and probably in the range of 60 to 70) in 2009 and 2010. Winslow collected a $450,000 bonus in 2009 and a $300,000 bonus in 2010. He also has a clause for another $300,000 bonus if he has an unspecified number of receptions this season.

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