Players get paid in playoffs, too

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In locker rooms around the NFL this week, you may hear players talk about the difference between the regular season and the playoffs.

On his weekly ESPN Milwaukee radio show this week, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers put it this way: “We get paid for the regular season, and you carve out your legacy in the postseason.”

“Hopefully we can all do that collectively and individually through our performance hopefully over the next four games. That’s the goal.”

To Rodgers’ point, NFL players are paid their base salaries over the 17 weeks of the regular season. But that doesn’t mean they play in the postseason for free.

Here’s a look at how much each player made in the postseason last year:

  • Wild-card round: $22,000 to the division winner, $20,000 to the wild-card team.

  • Divisional round: $22,000.

  • Conference championship: $40,000.

  • Super Bowl: $88,000 to the winners, $44,000 to the losers.

So a player on a division-winning team that plays on wild-card weekend such as the Packers are this year would earn $172,000 if his team won the Super Bowl.

While that’s not exactly chump change, Rodgers is correct when you consider his weekly pay during the regular season this year was $264,705.88, which is 1/17th of his $4.5 million base salary.