By the standards of most of the world, the Redskins players are getting a pretty good chunk of change for playing in Sunday’s playoff game. But looking at what most of the players make during the regular season, participating in the NFL playoffs must be more than about the money.
As division champs, each Redskins player will get $24,000 for playing this weekend (players on teams that qualify as wild cards get $22,000 each). That’s not a bad little payday and nobody is going to turn it down. But consider that the lowest-paid players on the team, free agent rookies like Quinton Dunbar and Houston Bates, are making $435,000 this year. They get paid in 17 weekly installments so Dunbar’s paycheck has a gross pay amount of $25,588. So he will actually play for a little less money than he gets in a normal week.
But he will not be taking as much of a “pay cut” as Pierre Garçon, who has the highest weekly salary on the team. His contract calls for $7.1 million or $417,647 per week. So his weekly check this week will be about 5.7 percent of his usual pay.
If it’s any consolation, the paydays get bigger if the Redskins advance a couple of more rounds. The divisional playoff also pays $24,000 per player and the conference title game participants get $44,000 each. Winning that game gives the players a minimum of an additional $49,000. That is the pay the players on the losing team gets. If they win, they get a paycheck for $97,000.
Adding it up, if the Redskins win the Super Bowl each player would get a total of $189,000 in playoff cash. That money a total of over $10 million just for the players on the 53-man roster (players on IR get some, too), is not charged to the team’s salary cap. It comes from a league fund.