The Chiefs may have rolled to a 30-0 win in their wild-card game against Houston, but they got paid slightly less than the the Texans.
Former sports agent Joel Corry wrote a piece for CBSSports.com in which he broke down what NFL players are paid on the playoffs.
For the wild-card round, each player on the Chiefs will receive $23,000, according to Corry. Because the Texans won their division, they received slightly more for the wild-card game: $25,000. The breakdown was the same in every wild-card game.
However, as you’ve probably surmised by now, the Chiefs players will get more cash because they’ll be in another playoff game.
Per Corry’s calculations:
▪ Each player on the Chiefs, Patriots and rest of the teams in the divisional round will receive $25,000.
▪ The players on each team in the conference championships will get $46,000.
▪ The Super Bowl loser will be paid $51,000 per player.
▪ The Super Bowl winner will get $102,000 per player.
Should the Chiefs win the Super Bowl, players will get $196,000 — and be in a parade. Not too shabby.
Corry wrote that the postseason cash comes from a league pool, and that De’Anthony Thomas won’t get any money for the Chiefs advancing to the divisional round of the playoffs because he’s not on the roster.
There are a lot more rules when it comes to players on teams that advance to a conference championship and Super Bowl. You can read more about that here.