Playoff spots won’t be the only things on the line when the 2017 NFL regular season concludes Sunday.
A host of players across the league are in line to pocket significant bonuses if they can reach certain performance incentives based on their Week 17 play. ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing sources, looks at some of the most significant:
• Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake collects a $1 million incentive for 55 percent playing time this season. Entering Sunday, he’s at close to 60 percent and is expected to clinch it against the Buffalo Bills.
• Titans tight end Delanie Walker earns a $500,000 incentive this season for going to the Pro Bowl and for Tennessee making the playoffs. Walker already has been voted to the Pro Bowl, so if Tennessee wins Sunday to get into the playoffs, Walker earns another half-million dollars.
• Philadelphia Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount, who has 729 rushing yards this season, has a $300,000 incentive for 750 rushing yards. Blount needs 21 rushing yards against the Dallas Cowboys to hit that mark.
• Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, who has 790 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns this season, has a $600,000 bonus for 800 rushing yards and another $250,000 bonus for nine rushing TDs. Lynch, therefore, needs 10 rushing yards against the Los Angeles Chargers and two rushing scores to collect both monetary awards.
• Raiders wideout Seth Roberts, who has 38 catches this season, has a $150,000 bonus for 45 catches this season and needs seven receptions to claim it.
• Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn, who has 9.5 sacks this season, needs an additional half-sack against the Carolina Panthers to collect a $1.25 million bonus for 10 sacks this season. Clayborn’s sack total this season already has earned him a $750,000 bonus.
• Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen, who has 85 catches this season, has a $250,000 incentive for 90 catches. Thielen needs five catches against the Chicago Bears to collect the additional bonus; he already has collected $750,000 for reaching 80 catches this season.
• New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has 1,084 receiving yards this season, has a $2 million incentive if he has 1,200 receiving yards. Gronkowski needs 116 receiving yards against the New York Jets to collect the bonus.
• Bears wide receiver Kendall Wright, who has 54 catches, needs six more to achieve a $375,000 bonus for 60 catches this season.
• Jets receiver Jermaine Kearse, who has 60 catches for 751 yards, has a $300,000 incentive for 65 catches — as well as a $250,000 incentive that he already has achieved for 750 receiving yards.