The Philadelphia Eagles showed why, once again, players LOVE playing for the organization.
The Philadelphia Eagles week 18 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys was meaningless for them. They really had nothing to play for and because of that, they sat most of their starters. That included cornerback Steven Nelson. But by sitting Steven Nelson in the last game of the season he failed to play in 90% of the snaps for the season. Who cares right? Well Steven Nelson should have. Because Nelson had an incentive in his contract that if he played in 90% of the snaps he would get a $375 thousand dollar bonus. But the Eagles did the right thing and as Teddy KGB would say “Paid that man his money.”
Eagles CB Steven Nelson was made a healthy scratch in Week 18, a move that prevented him from reaching a 90% play-time incentive worth $375K.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 13, 2022
The day before the game, Philly gave him a $375K signing bonus to make up for that missed incentive. Very good on the Eagles for that.
This is a prime example why players love playing for Jeffrey Lurie and the Eagles organization. The Eagles certainly aren’t the first/only team that would give a player a bonus even though they didn’t hit the prerequisite. But its a move that curries favor with players.
Steven Nelson is on a 1 year deal. This isnt an All-Time great Eagle like Jason Kelce or Fletcher Cox. And the reality is he probably wont be back. The Eagles were completely justified if they wanted to sit him, not pay him the bonus, and then let him walk at the end of the year. But they didnt. And players talk around the league and they certainly will take notice of this gesture.
So good on ya Jeff!