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.

18 responses to “D’Brickashaw Ferguson wants his workout bonus, will show up today


  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

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

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

  11. 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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