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Chiefs players were paid less money than Texans for AFC Wild Card Game

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston chased down Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer in the third quarter of Saturday’s game in Houston.
Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston chased down Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer in the third quarter of Saturday’s game in Houston. deulitt@kcstar.com

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.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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