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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have an incentive to end the regular season strong, both as a team and for at least a few individuals.
Bucs, who host Carolina on Sunday (16:25 ET, CBS), can win No. 2 seed in NFC and quarterback Tom Brady is one of many NFL players with bonuses and incentives attached to his contract, meaning winning and losing are not limited to the court.
Brady needs the Buccaneers to have a better yards-per-rush average this year than last year – something Tampa Bay currently has at 4.35 yards per rush compared to 4.12 last season – to unlock some of his incentives. For others, he just needs to hit the bonus mark, according to the Roster Management System, which provided all the incentive information for this story.
Brady’s 40 touchdown passes have exceeded the 25 he needed to unlock a $ 562,500 bonus, but that bonus depends on the Bucs’ rushing yards.
He leads the NFL with 4,990 passing yards, and as long as he stays in the top five – Joe Burrow is fifth with 4,611 – he will hit another $ 562,500 incentive. Like the touchdown passes, this is tied to Tampa hitting the rushing totals.
Brady’s 66.9% completion is No. 13 and he needs to enter the top five to claim a $ 562,500 bonus. It may be out of range.
His average of 10.9 yards per carry. completion is No. 16 and he had to break into the top five to unlock a $ 562,500 bonus. Nr. 5 is at 11.9 yards per. closing, so it also seems like an unlikely bonus to unlock.
Brady could earn $ 562,500 if he finishes in the top five in the NFL passing rating. He is right now No. 8 at 100.5. Kirk Cousins sits in fifth place with 101.3.
But even though he qualifies for all five $ 562,500 bonuses, the condition is that he can only win four of them, and as long as Tampa Bay finishes the season over 4.12 yards per game. carry and not in the bottom five of the league, ‘will hit two of them.
Brady has already earned $ 500,000 by playing in 75% of Tampa Bay’s regular season snaps and reaching the playoffs. If the Buccaneers win the wildcard round, it jumps to $ 750,000. It would rise to $ 1.25 million if the Bucs win the division round, $ 1.75 million if they win the NFC Championship, with a maximum of $ 2.25 million if he repeats himself as Super Bowl champion.
One of Brady’s biggest competitors in the NFC and for the most valuable player is the Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who could also see some extra money, and he could even do so by not playing in the regular season finale against Detroit.
Rodgers will earn an extra $ 100,000 for each of these categories if he finishes in the top three in the NFL, and the Packers hit another condition: They must improve as a team in touchdowns on returns and refunds. It’s not clear if it’s cumulative – the Packers have two returns this year and last year – or if it’s an individual category. If it’s one category, Green Bay has darkened this with two wiretaps this season versus one last year. If the Packers as a team hit this provision, Rodgers will earn $ 100,000 if he is in the top three of each of the following:
Pass rating: He is first at 111.1.
Completion rate: He is number four with 68.6.
Interception rate: He is first at 0.8.
Yards pr. Pass: He is fifth with 7.8.
Touchdown passes: He is in third place with 35.
The two quarterbacks are not the only big players with money at stake. Players on almost every NFL team have options; here are some of the more lucrative or interesting.
Arizona Cardinals receiver AJ Green entered the season with a chance to earn $ 2.5 million through incentives, and with 50 catches for 825 yards and three touchdowns, along with the Cardinals reaching the playoffs and Green playing at least 50% of the shots, he has already earned $ 1 , 25 million in incentives.
He could also make more money, Sunday and in the playoffs. He would earn an additional $ 250,000 if he reaches 900 yards Sunday and an additional $ 250,000 if he hits 60 catches. Plus, if Arizona wins the NFC Championship Game and he plays at least 50% of the snaps in that game, he will earn an additional $ 250,000.
Cardinals linebacker Jordan hicks will fetch $ 2 million since the Cardinals reached the playoffs, and he darkened markers at 65% and 80% of playing time. He arrives on Sunday after playing 96.8% of Arizona’s defensive snaps. His colleague Cardinal’s linebacker, Markus Golden, already earned $ 1 million because of his 11 sacks ($ 250,000 for six sacks, $ 250,000 for eight sacks and $ 500,000 for 10 sacks). If he picks up two sacks in the final, he adds another $ 1 million.
Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Dante fowler jr. is half a sack away from $ 1 million – with 4.5 sacks he has to reach five sacks to collect – and if he has a big fight against New Orleans and reaches seven sacks, he would earn $ 2 million instead.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Justin Houston could raise $ 2 million if he gets 1.5 sacks, plus the Ravens’ ranking improves from last year in interceptions, sacks or netyards allowed per.
The defensive end of the raven Calais campbell could have $ 1 million online Sunday. Currently on 55.2% of Baltimore’s snaps, if he ends the season by playing over 50%, he will earn $ 1.5 million extra – which should happen – or if he ends the season by playing at least 55% of the Ravens’ snaps. will encounter $ 2 million.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Haason reddick has 11 sacks this season. If he picks up two more, he’s earning $ 1 million. If that happens, it could alleviate the blow by missing out on the Pro Bowl – and the $ 1 million that would have come with it.
If the Green Bay Packers linebacker Preston smith playing in the final, even though there is nothing at stake for the Packers, he has a chance to make quite a bit more money. With nine sacks, he has already brought in $ 1.25 million. If he reaches 10 sacks, it will hit $ 2 million, and if he hits 12 sacks, it would hit $ 3.2 million. Probably unattainable, but if he hit 14 with five sacks, he would see it rise to $ 4.4 million.
Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Marvin Jones jr., which sits on 66 catches, needs four receptions for $ 500,000 and 14 receptions for $ 1 million.
Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive tackle Chris Jones has nine sacks. If he reaches 10, he will earn $ 1.25 million.
Los Angeles Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s potential of $ 3 million in incentives does not start until the playoffs, where he will earn $ 500,000 if he plays and the team wins the wildcard round. He will earn an additional $ 750,000 if he plays and the Rams win in the division round, and an additional $ 750,000 if he plays and Los Angeles wins the NFC Championship. If Los Angeles reaches the Super Bowl, he will earn $ 500,000 if he plays and the Rams lose, or $ 1 million if he plays and the Rams win.
Miami cornerback Xavien Howard already earned $ 1 million by making the Pro Bowl. Now he can earn another $ 750,000 if he plays in 70% of Miami’s games, another $ 750,000 if he plays 80% of snaps and $ 1 million if he ends the season by playing in at least 90% of Miami’s snaps for a maximum of $ 2.5 mio. So far, Howard has played in 928 of 1,022 of the Dolphins’ games (90.8%).
He is only able to pick up on the 70% or 80% snap count barrier if the Dolphins end the season after improving on NFL rankings from last season in either total allowed net defensive yards, net yards allowed per game. rushing games or net yards allowed per. passing game. To get $ 1 million tied for 90%, Miami needs to improve from 2020 by NFL ranking in total allowed net defense yards or allowed net yards per game. passing game.
Buccaneers tight-end Rob Gronkowski could also make some money on Sunday. With 48 catches, 665 yards and six touchdowns, if he reaches 55 catches, he will earn $ 500,000, and if he reaches 750 yards, he will earn another $ 500,000. If he hits nine touchdowns, he will add another $ 500,000 to it.
Washington quarterback Taylor heinicke earned $ 125,000 extra for each win where I played at least 60% of the schnapps. As the football team has won six games – all with him as the quarterback – he has already earned $ 750,000 this year with the chance for another $ 125,000 on Sunday against the Giants. If that happens, the $ 875,000 will come close to doubling his base salary of $ 1 million by 2021.
Snap counts and playing time in this story were used from ESPN Stats & Information. Follow statistics and info on Twitter @ESPNStatsInfo.