When the Cleveland Browns signed QB Joe Flacco to the practice squad few could have imagined how far they would have gone together. A few days before Thanksgiving, Flacco was added to help newly installed starter Dorian Thompson-Robinson and PJ Walker.
Flash forward, the Browns and Flacco agreed to an active roster contract in mid-December and by late December were locked into a playoff spot.
Part of Flacco’s contract created an interesting $75K decision for the team. Every game the QB started and the team won, Flacco earned that amount. With a desire to protect the veterans, the Browns are sitting veterans in Week 18.
That means Flacco can’t earn that $75K bonus.
Being a quality organization, Cleveland’s front office made sure their starting quarterback got his money:
Browns QB Joe Flacco's deal includes a $75K incentive for each game he plays 50% of the snaps and the team wins.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 6, 2024
With Flacco resting tomorrow, the team converted that incentive to a $75K bonus for being on the 53-man roster to ensure he gets the money.
Nice touch by Cleveland.
In the big picture, for both the team and Flacco (who earned over $150 million in the NFL), the $75K is not a big deal. Making sure a veteran is respected and taken care of, both financially and through rest, is something that players (on the Browns and pending free agents) will notice.