Every single NFL player in the league dreams about winning the Super Bowl at some point in their career. Only a few players actually get close to that dream, and then only a narrow percentage accomplish the target of lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy altogether.
CBS Sports recently released a table which shows how players who reach the postseason with their respective teams are paid for achieving certain goals throughout the playoffs. There are no alterations to pay if you're the best or worst player on the roster.
They also said: "A majority of players take a hefty pay cut in the playoffs because their salaries have no bearing on what they make during the postseason," and also: "Players on teams with first-round byes (Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots) are essentially working for free for the week since they will not receive payment." Home-field advantage is suppose to make up for this loss.
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As you can see in the table below, the maximum a typical player could make throughout the playoffs in 2015 is $198,000. That's if you're from a franchise which competes in the wild-card round that was also a division winner (Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings or Washington Redskins).
The most a typical player can earn if you're from a team with a first round bye is $173,000. However, for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, things are a little bit different due to a performance bonus in his contract.
Despite the relatively poor performance in the 2015 regular season by the former Super Bowl winner, Manning could be paid up to an extra $4 million if he takes the Broncos to their first Super Bowl victory since the 1998 season.
His extra $4 million broken down into two chunks of $2 million, one-half for winning the AFC Championship game, and the other half for winning the Super Bowl itself. Add this onto his regular season earnings of $15 million and Manning could potentially earn $19 million this season if the Broncos go all the way.
Not bad for a guy who has thrown 17 interceptions and only nine touchdowns across ten games this season.