Bushrod has $150,000 Pro Bowl bonus

Of the nine NFC South players selected to the Pro Bowl, only one will earn a bonus for the honor.

That’s New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod. According to contract numbers obtained by ESPN.com, Bushrod will receive a $150,000 bonus for his selection.

When the Saints signed Bushrod to a two-year contract in July, they didn’t pay him like an elite left tackle at the front end of the deal, but they were creative and gave him opportunities to get paid more like an elite left tackle.

The Pro Bowl bonus is one of those opportunities and Bushrod also can earn the same bonus if he makes the Pro Bowl next season.

When Bushrod signed his contract he got a $3.5 million signing bonus. But his base salary for this season is $1 million, which is very low for a starting left tackle. But the Pro Bowl bonus is just the tip of a potential financial bonanza for Bushrod.

The Saints clearly gave him a contract that said they wanted to see him play at a high level before giving him big money. It looks like that’s coming. As long as Bushrod remains on the roster in March, he’ll collect a $1.65 million roster bonus. His base salary will jump to $3.25 million and he can also make $100,000 by taking part in an unspecified number of offseason workouts.