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  • How players get paid in the playoffs

    Great question on prior thread about how players get paid in the playoffs. I didn't know the answer so i looked it up and learned something i never knew.

    Here is how it works. In the playoffs, the players are not paid by their teams, but by the NFL from a designated fund. ALL players on the 53 man roster make the same. That's correct, the qb gets paid the same as a backup offensive lineman who is not even active on game day!

    In the wild card round, wild card teams get 24k per player, division winners 27k per player. Divisional round, each player gets 27k. Conference championship round each guy gets 49k. In the super bowl, winning team gets 107k per player, losing team 53k per player.

    Thus, division winners that get the first round bye dont get paid for the bye week.

    Absolutely fascinating how this works, i had no idea.

    Ramming speed to all

    general counsel

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    So, if an NFL player is looking to maximize his salary, he would hope his team to be a #3 or #4 seed. Win the wild card round (27k), win the divisional round (27k), win the conference (49k) and then win the SB (107k). That's 210k for 4 games. If you're a rookie backup making league minimum that almost half your regular season salary. You just went from 480k to 690k.

    Fascinating indeed.
    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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