No one does delayed Christmas bonuses quite like the NFL.
A star rookie quarterback, a Super-Bowl-winning center and a recent retiree are among NFL players earning big money in performance-based pay this week.
Here’s how it works: Each team has $3.995 million of performance pay that it distributes to players whose playing time is disproportionate to their salaries. As it should be — the lowest paid who do the most work get more coin.
Depending on snap counts, a player can buy a house or an Applebee’s dinner with that money.
Things are looking up. For 2015, eight NFL players eclipsed $300,000 in performance-based pay. In 2016, 17 players hit the mark, including four who made back-to-back appearances on the list. And this isn’t counting an additional veterans-only pool that pays more than $90,000 in some cases.
Here’s the breakdown, which is sure to make everyone feel better about tax season.