Tuesday, the NFL announced that a league-best 7 Raiders players had been named to the 2017 Pro Bowl. For the players, the most important part is being named to the team. It adds a line to their resume, or as Kelechi Osemele said, he can check it off his bucket list.
But aside from the resume and bragging rights, many of these players have financial incentives in their contract for making the team.
Osemele’s bucket list check-off includes the largest Pro Bowl bonus on the team. He gets $300K for joining the team.
Kelechi Osemele, the NFL's highest paid interior offensive lineman, has earned a $300,000 Pro Bowl incentive.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) December 21, 2016
Donald Penn and Reggie Nelson get nice bonuses as well, pulling in $250K apiece.
Donald Penn earns a $250,000 incentive for making the Pro Bowl.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) December 21, 2016
Reggie Nelson makes a $250,000 incentive with his Pro Bowl selection.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) December 21, 2016
And finally, Rodney Hudson who, along with Osemele, is making his first Pro Bowl appearance, will take home $100K for the accomplishment.
Rodney Hudson earns $100,000 as an incentive for his Pro Bowl selection.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) December 21, 2016
The Raiders other three Pro Bowlers — Derek Carr, Khalil Mack, and Amari Cooper -- are all still on their rookie contracts.
There is a catch, though — Unless they are excused from the team for medical reasons or playing in the Super Bowl, they must actually play in the game to receive their bonus.
Pro Bowl incentives are paid for original ballot only & participation in the game unless medically excused or in the Super Bowl.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) December 21, 2016
Corry’s note about “orginal ballot only” excludes alternates. It means that even if any of the Raiders’ seven alternates make the team, they will not receive any bonuses written into their contracts.
As Osemele noted following the announcement he had been named to the Pro Bowl, he and the other Raiders players would love to be able to get out of the Pro Bowl in Orlando because they are booked in Houston for the Super Bowl. But if not, and even for players with the sizable contracts, an extra six figures is nothing to sneeze at. Certainly a charity of some kind would welcome that kind of donation.