According to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network, the NFLPA expects players with 2011 workout bonuses to be paid in full.
League-wide, that amounts to around $40 million, with players like New York Jets left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson leading the way with a $750,000 bonus. Ferguson and a few of his Jets teammates, including defensive lineman Mike DeVito ($350,000), showed up at Jets headquarters when the lockout was lifted for a few days in April.
Players on the Jets, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, and New England Patriots have workout bonuses totaling nearly $3 million each for the 2011 offseason. Some teams — the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, and Carolina Panthers — do not include large workout bonuses in their contracts.
A potential argument from management’s side is that not all players with large workout bonuses written into their contracts participate in the offseason programs enough to trigger those payments. Other players, most notably San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nate Clements, opt to work out on his own in the offseason.
In Clements’ case, he’s left $500,000 workout bonuses on the table.