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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Most contract extensions or new contracts the Packers sign with veterans contain roster bonuses that will pay players based on how many games they appear in each season.
In 2014, the Packers paid out most of that money.
Only four of the 11 players who had per-game roster bonuses failed to collect all of their money. The four who did not were safety Morgan Burnett, linebacker Brad Jones, defensive tackle B.J. Raji and cornerback Sam Shields.
Burnett, whose contract called for him to be paid $18,750 for every game active, missed one game and therefore collected $281,250 out of a possible $300,000. Jones, who had the same bonus structure, missed three games and collected $243,750. Raji also had the same bonus structure but he missed out on the entire $300,000 because he missed the entire season. Shields, who had a $31,250 per-game bonus, missed two games and therefore collected $437,500 out of a possible $500,000 in roster bonuses.
The other seven -- fullback John Kuhn ($50,000 in roster bonuses), defensive tackle Letroy Guion ($120,000), running back James Starks ($182,913), tight end Andrew Quarless ($200,000), linebacker Mike Neal ($300,000), receiver Jordy Nelson ($500,000) and linebacker Clay Matthews ($500,000) -- collected their full bonuses by appearing in every game.
In all, the Packers paid out more than $2.8 million in per-game roster bonuses in 2014.
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