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It’s the end of the 2020 NFL season, and whether or not a player’s team is headed for the playoffs can have some financial impact. Several contract incentives were cashed in as the regular season came to an end — and the money earned is significant.
Here are some performances achieved by players on Sunday — and some that were just missed.
Rams outside linebacker Leonard Floyd entered Sunday’s game needing a half-sack to earn a $1.25 million incentive, which perhaps explains his jubilant celebration when he took down Cardinals backup quarterback Chris Streveler to surpass the 10-sack mark. “I’ve been taking my incentives one incentive at a time,” said Floyd, who finishes with 10.5 sacks this season. “Today I finished my last one.” Floyd is playing on a one-year, $10 million contract, and Rams coach Sean McVay said last week he would like to find a way to retain the lanky pass-rusher.
By finishing with 12.5 sacks, Packers outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith earned a $1 million bonus. He had bonuses of $500,000 for reaching double-digit sacks in a season and another $500,000 if he reached 12.