NFL training camps are in full swing. But that doesn’t necessarily mean players are making hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The complexities of the NFL contract system can be confusing. Players get bonuses in the offseason for workouts or guaranteed payments when a contract is signed. Yes, when you see a player like Russell Wilson get a signing bonus of of $31 Million, he gets a check in that amount.
Overall, checks don’t start coming until the first regular season game is played. But during training camp, players do receive some compensation. Here is the breakdown from an Arizona Cardinals blog site. Read full article here (which is really good).
Rookies and first year players get a per diem at a weekly rate of $925, while veterans get a per diem at a weekly rate of $1,700.