Report: 17th game would mean an extra game check, capped at $250,000

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If the NFL adds a 17th game to the regular season, players will get paid an extra game check. But some players won’t get a full check.

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, players who signed their contracts based on a 16-game schedule would get an extra weekly game check. For example, a player who has a $1.7 million base salary gets $100,000 a week during the regular season, with one paycheck each week, including the bye week. If the NFL expands the schedule to 17 games over 18 weeks, that player would still get $100,000 a week, so his salary would automatically bump up to $1.8 million.

But there’s a catch: The extra payment would be capped at $250,000. So for any player who makes more than $250,000 a week (a base salary of $4.25 million), he’d be playing for less money in the 17th game.

This will apply only to players who negotiated their contracts before the switch to 17-game seasons became official, and the 17-game schedule likely won’t begin until the 2022 season. So there’s still plenty of time to straighten all this out. But for some of the league’s higher-paid players, it won’t sit well that they’re expected to take less money for the 17th game.

11 responses to “Report: 17th game would mean an extra game check, capped at $250,000

  1. It may not sit well with big name players but the union is supposed to be about the majority not the minority.

  2. It’s actually not bush league at all. Their contracts are currently based on the 17 week season. This gives the players & team the incentive to restructure the contract. A contract is a contract – and current contracts don’t have the 18 week regular season written into it. But, this will all be a non issue. There will be over a year in between the approval and the implementation. Most Contracts will be restructured before then to update the language and the value of an extra game.

  3. WOW…these billionaire owners are going to nickel and dime the players like this?
    As a fan Ive been all for the 17 game schedule all along. After reading this though, I hope the players reject this proposal. What a joke.

  4. Those premier players who make more than 250k a game, especially those who make far more, should pass on the extra game check and refuse to play one of the games. They expose themselves to the same wear and tear on their bodies, same chance of injury as the games they’re getting paid their full amount for.

    They should tell the cheap greedy billionaires to shove it

  5. arwiv says:
    I hope the players reject this proposal. What a joke.
    So they’ll be locked out and make zero dollars a week? That would be better? Plenty of players are rested the last week of the team makes the playoffs. And I’m pretty sure they still get paid. You outraged? The Broncos paid two FAs a ton this year, one who played just a couple of games (Ju’Wuan James) and the other never played a snap (Bryce Callahan). Both got paid. You outraged? Didn’t think so. If they’re as outraged over only making a measily $250k for a whole hour of effort, they can fake an injury Week 17 and demand a trade.

  6. I can’t help but think that without seeing the details, there is no way to know the Pros & Cons of the proposed CBA. Those hoping the players reject the CBA are not interested in the NFL succeeding & just thrive on controversy. I m one who hopes the players and owners feel the new CBA is a win win. From early reports, it does sound like many of the issues from years passed have be accommodated by owners. Time will tell. In the meantime, here’s hoping it gets done.

  7. arwiv says:
    February 20, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    WOW…these billionaire owners are going to nickel and dime the players like this?


    Nickels & dimes add up to quarters & dollars.
    That’s how they got to be billionaires.

  8. Russell Wlison disagrees. He is looking to make 50 million approximately this year which over 17 weeks is almost 3 million per game. So he will be taking a 90% pay cut. Yeah, no. If you made about $50,000 grand a year and got paid about $2,000 every 2 weeks would you be ok just taking home $200 on your next payday?

  9. It shouldn’t sit well with the majority of players that only a few are paid over $250k per week.

  10. well if there paid for the bye week the same as any other week. just pay them the 250k for the bye and the normal pay for the 17th game. whos gonna complain about making 250k sitting on there couch ?

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