The Pro Bowl doesn't rank very high on the list of the NFL's most-anticipated events, but it can still have a major impact, at least on a player's bank account. Not all players have Pro Bowl incentives in their contracts, but for those who do, a selection or a snub can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars. Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams was among the players who received a hefty bonus for his selection.
Williams will receive $400,000 for making the Pro Bowl, according to Robert Raiola. The bonus is only slightly less than some rookies will make for the full season. For Williams, however, it's only a small drop in the bucket as part of his six-year, $96 million contract.
That isn't the case with all of the selections. Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater was selected to the Pro Bowl for his work as a special teams player. His selection earned him a $300,000 bonus, which is equal to 25 percent of his $1.2 million base salary this season.
A couple other players also cashed in:
According to @spotrac, Marcel Reece gets $100,000 bonus for making the Pro Bowl.— Scott Bair (@BairCSN) December 24, 2014
Of the five #Packers voted to Pro Bowl, only Josh Sitton has a Pro Bowl bonus. The left guard will get $250K for making his second Pro Bowl.— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) December 24, 2014