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Workout Bonuses Lost During NFL Lockout?

March 18, 2011

On Wednesday evening, Vikings’ Vice President of Public Affairs told a crowd gathered at Winter Park in Eden Prairie that the collective bargaining agreement was a “short-term issue” that would be “resolved soon.” Bagley added that the real “deadline on work stoppage is September when a game is missed.”

That’s the opinion held by many NFL clubs, but what about the players? According to Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500, a plethora of Vikings’ players may lose workout bonuses since there will not be any offseason workouts until a new agreement is reached. Workout bonuses due to Vikings’ players, per Pelissero:

• DT Kevin Williams ($500,000)
• LT Bryant McKinnie ($250,000)
• WR Bernard Berrian ($100,000)
• FS Madieu Williams ($100,000)
• MLB E.J. Henderson ($100,000)
• TE Visanthe Shiancoe ($100,000)
• RG Anthony Herrera ($100,000)
• LG Steve Hutchinson ($50,000)
• CB Cedric Griffin ($50,000)
• P Chris Kluwe ($50,000)
• TE Jeff Dugan ($50,000)
• WR Percy Harvin ($27,500)
• LS Cullen Loeffler ($20,000)
• RT Phil Loadholt ($2,500)

Currently, the NFL and NFLP(Trade)A are locked in a contractual stalemate. Under the lockout, players are prohibited from being present at team facilities, which obviously makes it difficult to hold any sort of offseason workouts.

And Lester Bagley is right. Eventually the two sides will craft a solution for the labor mess, but for now, payment of workout bonuses is just another issue to be hashed out in the upcoming negotiations between the NFL and the NFLP(Trade)A.

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