Amongst the many incentives in his contract, one calls for Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress to receive a $100,000 bonus for each game he is active.
With Burress being inactive for Sunday’s game against Washington, he will lose $100,000, and he stands to lose more depending on how he heals from the self-inflicted gunshot wound to his leg and his hamstring injury.
If his shooting is found to violate his contract, which it well could, it could potentially cost Burress $14.5 million. At the minimum, it will cost him $100,000 for each game he misses.
Here is some of how it breaks down. With his behavior, Burress has jeopardized at least $6.75 million worth of bonuses in his contract, and an additional $750,000 if the Giants decide to pursue bonus money already paid to him this year.
Burress also has put at risk $5 million in potential escalators the next four years. He still could have to pay back money from his 2005 signing bonus of $2 million. Bottom line is, it’s a messy situation that likely will not be cleaned up quickly or smoothly.