Though the past several years, the "workout bonus" has been a tool that NFL teams and General Managers use to ensure player attendance at the team's offseason workout programs and Organized Team Activities. The Packers are no exception, and in fact are one of the teams that uses this workout bonus extensively, especially with their players who have large contracts.
With that in mind, we decided to take a look at the Green Bay Packers players who have workout bonuses in their contracts for the 2014 season to see who is sure to be in attendance and how much the team is investing to ensure that they show up.
Not surprisingly, star players like Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews lead the way with large bonuses, while Ted Thompson likely wanted to ensure that Sam Shields would show up for the programs a year after sitting them out while on a Restricted Free Agent tender in 2013. Here's the full list, courtesy of Over The Cap:
|Player||Position||2014 Workout Bonus|
Note that no rookie contracts typically can contain workout bonus language, at least not after the new CBA which was passed in the summer of 2011. Therefore, players like Nick Perry, Randall Cobb, and others who were drafted in 2011 and beyond will not receive bonuses for the offseason workouts.
One other player whose name is conspicuous by its absence in this list is Julius Peppers. The Packers did commit to giving Peppers a $500,000 workout bonus for the 2015 and 2016 years of his deal, but he is not owed a workout bonus this year. Still, it would be a surprise if he were not in attendance, as he likely will need to work closely with new position coach Winston Moss to help his transition to linebacker and the Elephant position.
All told, these players' contracts will carry a total charge of $4,325,000 that the Packers will pay out in workout bonuses this year.