Chicago Bears kicker Cairo Santos enters the regular season finale with loads of money on the line.
Santos, who signed a three-year deal worth $9 million prior to the 2021 season, has an opportunity to take home some extra cash following Chicago’s Week 18 clash with the Minnesota Vikings.
In Santos’ contract is a performance-based incentive. The deal is that if Santos connects on 87.5 percent of his field goal attempts this season, then he is rewarded with a $375,000 escalator, per Sports Illustrated.
Santos is 20-of-22 on the season, good for 90.9 percent. However, one missed kick could hit Santos where it hurts – his wallet.
If Santos finishes the day 0-1, his field goal percentage dips to 86.9 percent. That is obviously not high enough to earn his bonus incentive. The good news is that there is plenty of breathing room for Santos beyond that particular scenario.
To sum it up, Santos can miss one kick as long as he follows it up with makes. If Santos misses his only attempt, or if he misses two field goal tries, he’s ineligible to receive the bonus money.
Considering Santos’ incentive and the Bears’ chances to slip into the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, there is still plenty on the line.
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