The NFL’s incentive payments for players who win Super Bowls are set to skyrocket.
Now the league is looking to limit them by limiting what the players can earn.
The NFL announced Tuesday that it is suspending bonuses for all of its players for the 2016 season, as well as all the 2017 seasons.
The league said that players who were awarded incentives for winning Super Bowl XLVII will now only receive the base bonuses.
The league has been under fire for the last few years for paying out so many incentives.
The bonuses are the money players are expected to earn in their first three years in the league.
For example, NFL players were given bonuses of up to $6 million in 2016.
But the bonuses have since dropped to around $2 million in 2018.
“We’re taking a tough stance on the incentives for the upcoming season,” NFL vice president of communications Jeff Fannon said in a statement.
“We believe that the right way to reward our players is to reward them with a high-quality regular season, which includes a Super Bowl.”
Fannon did not elaborate on what that means for the incentives that players were getting.
The NFLPA is asking for the following:The suspension of bonuses was announced by commissioner Roger Goodell in a news conference Tuesday.
Goodell said that the suspensions will affect all players, regardless of position or position combination.
The suspensions will apply to players who have played in more than 80 regular season games and have not been suspended in the postseason, including quarterbacks, offensive linemen, wide receivers and running backs.
Fannon did say that there will be exceptions for players with a minimum of 10 regular season starts.
The suspension will be effective immediately, though it will be subject to change.