Contract Incentives for Teddy Bridgewater, Gerald McCoy, Danny Amendola and More

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 29, 2019

New Orleans Saints' Teddy Bridgewater scrambles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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While most of the attention in Week 17 is on teams jockeying for playoff positioning, some players stand to make a lot of money if they can reach certain statistical benchmarks.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on a number of key contract incentives that players have a realistic chance of reaching Sunday.

New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will get $250,000 if he throws one more touchdown. 

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Saints’ QB Teddy Bridgewater, who has nine touchdown passes this season, gets a $250,000 bonus if he throws 10 touchdown passes this season. So Bridgewater needs one TD pass today vs. Panthers for a $250,000 bonus.

Having already won the NFC South, the Saints still have a chance to clinch a first-round bye with a win over the Carolina Panthers and a loss by the Green Bay Packers or San Francisco 49ers. Head coach Sean Payton told reporters ahead of the Carolina clash that his starters will play in Week 17. 

Bridgewater's opportunity to get in the game will likely be dependent on the Saints blowing out the Panthers. These teams went toe-to-toe in New Orleans' 34-31 win earlier this season. 

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has $500,000 at stake in that game if he records 1.5 sacks.

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Panthers’ DT Gerald McCoy, who has five sacks this season, needs 1.5 sacks today against the Saints to reach 6.5 and the $500,000 incentive that comes along with it.

McCoy, who has five sacks, had two hits on Drew Brees in Carolina's first contest against the Saints on Nov. 24. He hasn't taken down Brees since Sept. 20, 2015, when he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

McCoy's former Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate Jason Pierre-Paul also needs 1.5 sacks Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons to trigger a $500,000 incentive.

Danny Amendola will bank $250,000 if he has at least 137 receiving yards for the Detroit Lions in their matchup with the Green Bay Packers.

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Lions’ WR Danny Amendola, who has 663 receiving yards this season, needs 137 more today vs. Green Bay to reach 800 for the year and collect a $250,000 incentive.

Amendola is facing significant odds to reach the 800-yard threshold he needs to hit. The 34-year-old only has one game in his 11-year career with at least 137 receiving yards (Sept. 16, 2012, for the St. Louis Rams against the Washington Redskins).

Making things more difficult for Amendola is Detroit's offense. Rookie David Blough, starting in place of the injured Matthew Stafford, averages 215.5 passing yards per game and is going against a Green Bay Packers team that can clinch a first-round bye with a win.

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Chris Conley has two separate $125,000 incentives if he has at least one catch and 13 yards against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Jaguars’ WR Chris Conley, who has 44 catches for 737 yards this season, needs one more today against the Colts to reach his $125,000 incentive for 45 catches. He also has a $125,000 for 750 receiving yards this season, and needs 13 more against the Colts to achieve it.

Conley has a simple path to get both of his incentives, but there is a chance he won't get there. The Jaguars wideout was held without a catch in Week 6 against the Saints. He also had seven yards on one reception in a 45-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 14.

Minnesota Vikings kicker Dan Bailey has $1 million in his pocket if he doesn't attempt a kick since his field-goal percentage is more than 90 percent (23-of-25), though it could drop to $500,000 if that percentage falls between 84 and 87.5 percent.

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Vikings’ kicker Dan Bailey, who has made 92 percent of his field goals this season (23/25), earns a $1 million incentive if he stays about the 90 percent threshold. If he’s between 87.5-90 percent, it falls to $750,000; if he’s b/w 84-87.5 percent, it’s $500,000. Big day today.

Bailey is the most likely candidate from that group to at least earn a six-figure payday. The nine-year veteran could go 0-of-2 on attempts against the Chicago Bears and still be above the 84 percent threshold for the $500,000 incentive. He hasn't missed two attempts in a game since Week 5 of the 2018 season.

Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth gets $500,000 if the Los Angeles Rams finish the season with a winning record. They enter Week 17 against the Arizona Cardinals at 8-7.

On the Rams defense, linebacker Clay Matthews has already hit a $750,000 incentive for recording eight sacks. That will bump up to $1 million if he records 0.5 sacks Sunday.

When the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks square off to determine the NFC West winner, Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett can earn $200,000 if he records one touchdown catch and $100,000 if he has at least nine receptions.

San Francisco running back Raheem Mostert is 35 rushing yards away from a $250,000 incentive and 135 yards away from turning that into a $500,000 incentive.

The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are vying for the NFC East title, and two key players have financial incentives if their respective teams make the postseason.

Eagles safety Rodney McLeod gets $250,000 if they make the playoffs. Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has a $375,000 postseason bonus.

Another Cowboy with money on the line is wide receiver Randall Cobb, who will earn $250,000 if he catches five passes against the Washington Redskins to reach 55 on the season.

Ryan Tannehill's breakout season with the Tennessee Titans could net him up to $750,000 based on his performance against the Houston Texans. He has three $250,000 incentives on the line if he reaches 2,750 passing yards (currently at 2,544), 23 touchdown passes and 25 touchdown passes (currently at 20).

Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy has a $375,000 incentive if he plays in at least 80 percent of the team's snaps this season. He's at 79.47 percent heading into Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.

Reiss did note the Patriots could pay the incentive if they choose to, even if he doesn't hit the 80 percent mark.

Van Noy only played 66 percent of New England's defensive snaps in Week 2 against the Dolphins, but that was a 43-0 blowout when head coach Bill Belichick could rest his regulars in the fourth quarter.

In Week 16's win over the Buffalo Bills, Van Noy played every defensive snap for the Patriots. The 28-year-old has played at least 85 percent of snaps eight times in 15 games.