Vikings to report for workout program Monday; bonuses at stake for 14
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Unless a federal appeals court allows the NFL to reverse course, the Minnesota Vikings will be back to work on Monday morning.
The league informed teams on Thursday afternoon they must open their facilities for players workouts beginning at 7 a.m. Friday. Shortly after, coaches and other Vikings officials began contacting players to let them know the offseason workout program is scheduled to begin on Monday.
The program is voluntary, but players could cost themselves money if they don't attend -- and not just the $145 per diem. According to salary data obtained by 1500ESPN.com, more than dozen Vikings have offseason workout bonuses in their contracts, topped by defensive tackle Kevin Williams ($500,000) and left tackle Bryant McKinnie ($250,000).
Others on the list include: receiver Bernard Berrian ($100,000), safety Madieu Williams ($100,000), linebacker E.J. Henderson ($100,000), tight end Visanthe Shiancoe ($100,000), guard Anthony Herrera ($100,000), guard Steve Hutchinson ($50,000), cornerback Cedric Griffin ($50,000), punter Chris Kluwe ($50,000), tight end Jeff Dugan ($50,000), receiver Percy Harvin ($27,500), long snapper Cullen Loeffler ($20,000) and right tackle Phil Loadholt ($2,500).
Bonuses usually are based on participating in set percentage of a team's organized workouts, usually in the 85% to 90% range. If the offseason proceeds, the only mandatory sessions will be during the two minicamps Leslie Frazier is allotted as a first-year coach.
Of course, there's also a chance the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis will grant a stay of U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson's ruling and the league will close its doors again indefinitely.