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D’Brickashaw Ferguson wants his workout bonus, will show up today

Jets offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson has the largest workout bonus in the NFL, $750,000. In an attempt to earn that bonus, Ferguson is showing up to the Jets’ facilities today, one day after Judge Susan Nelson lifted the lockout.

Ferguson knows he’s not actually going to work out, but (as we’ve explained before) he wants to reserve the right to sue to collect his $750,000 if the Jets never pay him that bonus.

Ferguson’s agent, Brad Blank, told ESPN what he expects will happen.

“It only makes sense for a guy with a big workout bonus,” Blank said. “It’s not going to be a huge thing. He’ll go to the office, the security guard will say, ‘No, I can’t let you in’ and he’ll leave quietly. It’s not going to be James Meredith at Mississippi, with the national guard.”

So Ferguson will simply make a brief appearance at the team’s facilities, reserving the right to claim later that he was present and ready to work out when the lockout was lifted, and that he’s therefore owed $750,000.

UPDATE: Ferguson did briefly show up, saying before he left that his appearance should count as attending an offseason workout.

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18 Responses to “D’Brickashaw Ferguson wants his workout bonus, will show up today”
  1. paredskinwarrior says: Apr 26, 2011 8:01 AM


  2. ginnitti says: Apr 26, 2011 8:02 AM

    He also makes $1 million per year to “train” and is guaranteed $34.8 million – 45% of his contract. I’d be less worried about the $750k he’ll be handed for working out, and more concerned about getting in proper shape to earn his huge salaries for the next 7 years.


  3. fanoredsox says: Apr 26, 2011 8:10 AM

    I think that’s smart. He’s attempting to do what is required of him and if the owners won’t let him do his job, then they should be on the hook for the money. I am curious to know if the players on certain teams that are telling their teammates not to show up today actually have a workout bonus to earn. I know if I had a chance to earn extra money I would be there. $750,000 to work out. Where do I sign up for that bonus?

  4. enrgy2burn says: Apr 26, 2011 8:17 AM

    It’s good to see a player doing/saying something that makes sense after all the dopes running their mouths – ie Robbie Gould, Adrian Peterson, Rashard Mendenhall, etc.

  5. nygfan says: Apr 26, 2011 8:18 AM

    Nothing like a slow day at the office

  6. jw731 says: Apr 26, 2011 8:28 AM

    I’ve always thought a workout bonsus was ridiculous. If

  7. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 26, 2011 8:32 AM

    Of course he will. And so should every other player that has such a clause in their contract.

    They showed up and were prepared to work out but were denied that opportunity. If the Jets do not pay him his bonus (after being in contempt of court for refusing to end their lockout policy) he will easily win his case in court.

  8. WingT says: Apr 26, 2011 8:36 AM

    Pay the man, lol…..Karma’s a bitch, eh owners?

  9. quirtevans says: Apr 26, 2011 8:44 AM

    I thought the teams had decided to let the players in, but just not open the weight rooms.

    In that case, Ferguson will have showed up for work, and done what his employer allowed him to do. (Basically, nothing.)

    I think that any hope the Jets had of not having to pay the workout bonus went out the window … unless the 8th Circuit overturns the decision.

  10. whatswiththehate says: Apr 26, 2011 8:51 AM

    Is he the only one going to work so he can get paid? Another non-story about these athletes and their money. Sounds like you sports folks are quite jealous of these atheletes’ paychecks.

    Funny but you don’t seem to have a problem making writing about every move they make. Maybe we fans should be pissed that you call what you’re doing WORK.

  11. bigbeefyd says: Apr 26, 2011 9:11 AM

    I worked out last night for free. Just sayin’.

  12. cleverbob says: Apr 26, 2011 9:49 AM

    What dumb-ass wouldn’t take 30 minutes out of their day to pocket $750k?

  13. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 26, 2011 10:00 AM

    In an unrelated totally irrelevant story, the rest of america showed up for work an hour earlier, stayed for 8-10 hours, were allowed to work, and did not receive a hard-line minimum salary of 500k+ for the privilege.

    Also, when they complained about any of it, they were fired and replaced in the same breath. Imagine that?

  14. edukator4 says: Apr 26, 2011 10:03 AM

    thats 2% of his paycheck. put it this way, if you make 50,000 a year would you show up somewhere to collect 1000?

  15. nbcwantsitsmoneyback says: Apr 26, 2011 10:12 AM

    I work out at the company gym everyday and you know what I get for it..Nothing. I’m just grateful my company has a gym.! I think these spoiled players have lost all perspective of reality.

  16. 8man says: Apr 26, 2011 10:15 AM

    Good move. Smart and he’s obviously paying attention. Is he this good in the game planning room and huddle?

  17. jimr10 says: Apr 26, 2011 10:51 AM

    I am amazed at the number of players who all of a sudden show up to comment. Where were you the past month.

  18. shallowfan says: Apr 26, 2011 11:00 AM

    Whether or not you are for the owners or players if a player has a workout bonus in his contract…a legally binding document, and is not allowed to workout because the team said so, even though he shows up to work then the team is legally on the hook for the money.

    This will be an easy case for any player to win if they show up to work and are turned away.

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