Top Ten NFL Workout Bonuses of 2014
Find Out Who Stands to Receive the Biggest Workout Bonuses of 2014
2014 NFL Off-Season
Most NFL clubs began their official off-season workouts last week, which means we’re inching ever closer to kick-off. While these workouts are technically voluntary, there’s some major incentive for certain players to participate. Today, we’ll take a look at ten players who can earn massive chunks of change by showing up to their teams’ facilities. It’s important to note that not every team offers workout bonuses; the Falcons and the Ravens don’t have any contracts that include this option and the Colts have very, very few.
1. Jets LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson stands to earn a $750,000 workout bonus in 2014. This is a quarter of a million dollars more than any other player in the league is being offered. If I were Ferguson, I’m pretty sure I’d be in the facility from sun up to sundown.
2. The Washington Redskins have offered their new WR DeSean Jackson a $500,000 workout bonus as part of his recently signed contract. This makes a lot of sense, actually. With so many changes in DC this off-season, it serves to reason that Jay Gruden wants to get Jackson and other players up-to-speed early.
3. Clay Matthews, Green Bay’s hard-hitting LB, will receive $500,000 for showing-up to workouts at this point of the year. Matthews, who struggled with a hand injury for a good portion of last season, is probably just looking forward to getting back in the gym and on the gridiron without a caveman-esque club on his hand.
4. New York Giants QB Eli Manning can, quite frankly, use all the extra practice he can get this year after last season’s subpar performance. Peyton’s little brother stands to earn an additional $500,000 for participating in 2014’s voluntary workouts.
5. Seattle DT Tony McDaniel will earn a $500,000 workout bonus for appearing at the facility this spring. After the Seahawks' incredible defensive performance last year, it’s no wonder the club wants to see these guys back in the gym as soon as possible.
6. The Green Bay Packers, who are fond of offering workout bonuses, are giving QB Aaron Rodgers $500,000 for reporting to voluntary workouts. Rodgers missed half of the 2013 season with a broken clavicle, so he’s sure to want to get back to top form before September.
7. Yet another Packers player, CB Sam Shields, stands to earn $500,000 for showing-up at the facility to workout right now.
8. Buffalo Bills DE Mario Williams is set to earn a cool $500,000 workout bonus if he fully participates in the off-season program. Williams is an integral part of the Bills’ D, so it makes sense that the club would incentivize him to be in the best possible shape.
9. Patrick Willis, LB for the San Francisco 49ers, will get $500,000 for putting in appearances at off-season workouts. Willis, a former Pro Bowler, is a key member of San Fran’s squad, both on and off the field.
10. Denver’s P, Britton Colquitt, will be given a $500,000 workout bonus if he meets the requirements during the 2014 off-season. Only one other P, the ‘Phin’s Brandon Fields, stands to earn this sort of bonus, but Colquitt will be given significantly more money than his peer.