Each year, modestly-compensated younger players have a chance to score extra cash in the form of performance bonuses.
These bonuses are calculated according to playing time, and on Monday the NFL released a full list of who got what.
For Brandon Fusco and a few other Viking players, the extra pay added up to a significant chunk of money.
Fusco received the highest bonus among all Vikings, scoring an extra $237,060.74 on top of the $594,167 he received in regular compensation.
Also receiving nice bonuses:
Andrew Sendejo – $188,487.05
Marcus Sherels – $186,749.92
Robert Blanton – $169,375.89
Josh Robinson – $153,952.36
Audie Cole – $133,624.20
Everson Griffen – $131,803.43
Marvin Mitchell – $118,133.77
Rhett Ellison – $113,418.88
Jarius Wright – $104,954.51
Mistral Raymond – $94,182.99
Michael Mauti – $88,571.85
Shaun Prater – $87,668.04
Joe Berger – $85,296.32
Larry Dean – $80,242.22
On the other side of the bonus spectrum, poor old Justin Trattou got only $2,250.04.
Josh Freeman got $3,661.44. In Freeman’s case, that was more of a non-performance bonus.
Again, these sums are calculated according to playing time. They’re meant to reward guys who aren’t highly paid but are on the field as much as if not more than the guys making the huge money.
Performance bonuses are no reflection of actual performance. If they were, Josh Robinson would not only not get a bonus, he would have to pay the Vikings back.