Several members of the Saints have bonuses to chase over the final six weeks of the season, as well as the perfect finish that might help this team qualify for a playoff spot.
Various league sources have shed light on some of the bonuses members of the Saints can achieve this season by hitting playing time and performance thresholds or by earning league honors, such as Pro Bowl spots or All-Pro honors.
A handful of players are on the right track and just need to continue on their current trajectories to earn a bump in salary. Others have a long way to go to meet their goals.
Here’s a look at some players who are chasing bonuses:
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Brandon Browner, cornerback
Signed this offseason, Browner can earn an extra $375,000 by playing 90 percent of the defensive snaps this season. He’s currently at 96.6 percent.
If Browner’s playing time dips over the next six weeks, he can still earn $250,000 by playing 85 percent of the snaps or $125,000 by reaching 80 percent.
He also can earn another $125,000 by making the Pro Bowl.
Jairus Byrd, safety
Byrd could end up on the path to losing some money this season if he fails to make the Pro Bowl or earn first-team All-NFL honors.
The safety has a provision in his contract that will drop his 2017, 2018 and 2019 salaries by $500,000 if he doesn’t make the Pro Bowl or earn first-team All- NFL honors in 2015 and 2016.
If he makes only one Pro Bowl or earns one first-team selection during 2015 or 2016, his salary will drop by $400,000 in 2017, $300,000 in 2018 and $300,000 in 2019.
Considering Byrd missed three games to start the season, he might have a hard time achieving either of those goals this season.
Marques Colston, receiver
The wide receiver can earn $500,000 by catching 70 passes this season.
Colston currently has 33 receptions, which means he’d have to average 6.16 catches over the next six games to meet the threshold. It’s not out of the question, but he’d have to step up from his current pace of 3.66 receptions per game to meet the goal.
The 32-year-old finished with 59 receptions last season, though he played through a hip ailment that was more serious than he let on, according to a source.
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