Super Bowl pay: What Chiefs players earn for championship win
Postseason pay is predetermined by the NFL’s collective-bargaining agreement
Members of the Kansas City Chiefs will earn a sizable check for their win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday.
Postseason pay is predetermined by the NFL’s collective-bargaining agreement. All players on a given team receive the same bonus share linked to their team’s progression through the playoffs.
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Chiefs players will each receive a $124,000 check. Players on the 49ers will each earn $62,000 for the game.
Even the larger Super Bowl pay share is a significant downgrade for a well-compensated star. For example, Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins earned a base salary of $11.95 million in 2019, which equates to more than $700,000 per game through the 17 weeks of the regular season.
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Super Bowl participants receive their check within 15 days of the game, according to the labor agreement.
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Chiefs and 49ers players had each earned $87,000 so far this postseason, a total which includes $31,000 for the divisional playoff round and $56,000 for the conference championship. Both teams had a bye for the wild card round.
For last year’s Super Bowl, members of the winning team, the New England Patriots, earned a $118,000 championship share, while players on the losing Los Angeles Rams made $59,000.