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Sean Payton shows off Lombardi trophy, $225K cash to Saints

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1/10/2019 10:38:52 AM
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If New Orleans Saints players needed any extra motivation before their hopeful playoff run begins, coach Sean Payton gave it to them before they started preparing for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

During the team meeting on Monday, there was a big box underneath a gold curtain, and when Payton unveiled it, the players saw a glass case full of cash, along with a Lombardi Trophy. There were also three armed guards who carried in some of the money, a total of $225,000, as the Saints saw a visual of what they stand to win this postseason.

“I think guys were excited,” running back Mark Ingram said. “You see a thing like that full of cash, that’ll make you excited a little bit.”

Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. said the players reacted the same way anyone would when seeing that much cash.

“How can I get it? I wish I could go up there and take mine right now,” Ginn said.

According to FOX Business, NFL players this year will receive a $29,000 bonus for divisional playoff games and $54,000 for conference championship games, and the Super Bowl champions will receive an extra $118,000 (while the runners-up receive $59,000). That means each Saints player could make an extra $201,000.

It’s unclear why Payton chose the round number of $225,000 for the gesture, but it’s easy to understand why the monetary prize could invigorate a team.

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According to FOX Business, NFL players this year will receive a $29,000 bonus for divisional playoff games and $54,000 for conference championship games, and the Super Bowl champions will receive an extra $118,000 (while the runners-up receive $59,000). That means each Saints player could make an extra $201,000.


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