Workout bonuses and NFL job security

NFL teams are digesting new rules associated with the pending labor agreement, including provisions affecting workout bonuses that players receive for participating in set percentages of a team's conditioning program during a typical offseason.

Those rules include protections for teams and players, according to a list of "transition rules" produced for distribution to teams.

Free agency begins Friday at 6 p.m. ET. Teams can begin cutting players Thursday after 4 p.m. ET Thursday. Any player remaining with his current team after 4 p.m. ET Friday will receive his workout bonus in full, according to the transition rules.

Players released before then will receive partial payments of these bonuses. Players set to receive bonuses worth less than $50,000 would receive the full amount. Players due bonuses valued from $50,000 to $100,000 would receive $50,000. Players with bonuses larger than $100,000 would receive 50 percent of the total amount, not to exceed $100,000.

The chart below shows NFC West players with workout bonuses of $200,000 or more. Stacy Andrews, Nate Clements and Joey Porter stand out as players with less certain roster statuses heading toward the 2011 season.

2011 NFC West Workout Bonuses: $200,000 and up