Some Redskins players paid well for "voluntary" workouts

Some Redskins players paid well for "voluntary" workouts
April 21, 2014, 2:00 pm
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As noted earlier, the Redskins are moving from the conditioning phase of their offseason program to the football phase. Everything between now and the start of training camp is voluntary for all players with the exception of the mandatory minicamp, which will be held in mid June.

But some players have powerful incentives to attend the workouts. That’s “powerful” as in “lucrative”.

Workout bonuses have long been a part of players’ contracts. The Redskins have 14 players with them with some of them being more influential than others.

The highest workout bonus on the team really isn’t a bonus. DeSean Jackson has a $500,000 workout clause in his contract. But it is fully guaranteed whether he shows up for workouts or not. It’s just the way that some guaranteed money was structured.

Guard Kory Lichtensteiger has the largest true workout bonus on the team at $250,000. He won’t have to have perfect attendance at the offseason program to qualify but he won’t be able to miss many sessions, either. The exact percentage of workouts a player must attend in order to collect on the bonus is subject to negotiation.

Other players with six-figure workout bonuses are Pierre Garçon ($150,000), Barry Cofield ($150,000), Stephen Bowen ($100,000), Chris Chester ($100,000) and Jarvis Jenkins ($100,000).

The bonuses are treated as “likely to be earned” and they are charged to the salary cap as soon as the league year begins. Should a player fail to meet the criteria to earn the bonus the cap dollars will be credited back to the team’s cap.