Jamaal Charles Loses Out On $178K Bonus After Broncos Bench Him For Week 17 Game On Purpose

The business side of the NFL is a dirty, dirty game.

Jamaal Charles signed a 1-year deal incentive heavy deal with the Denver Broncos last summer, in hopes of helping the Broncos return to glory.

Instead, the Broncos season has been derailed in-large part because of the situation at quarterback and Charles hasn’t played much and in a meaningless Week 17 game for the Broncos, the team decided to not play Charles so they wouldn’t have to pay him a bonus in his contract:

Via Broncos Wire:

“According to Charles’ contract details (published by KUSA-TV’s Mike Klis), the running back could have earned up to $1.25 million worth of incentives this season based on his performance. The first bonus would have been $100,000 for 500 yards from scrimmage.

Charles needed to average just 37.5 yards per contest in Denver’s final two games to reach that first incentive. Now he won’t even get an opportunity to. He’ll also miss out on a $156,250 bonus for dressing in the team’s final two games ($78,125 per game).”

The relationship between the Broncos hasn’t been a good one, as he’s been very critical of the Broncos for their treatment of him:

Via Denver Post

“I ain’t playing. Might as well. No reason for me to just sit around and look at people play,” . “At the end of the day, I just got to see what’s the future for me. That’s the next step. If it’s somewhere else or if somebody wants to pick me up. That’s the future. “I thought we were all going to get a chance to share the ball. I never got a chance to be in the first 15, and it sucks,” Charles said. “How the other running backs — like I look around and see the Patriots share the running backs and New Orleans. You know what I’m saying? I just never got an opportunity.”

Decisions like this could make Denver a place many free agents avoid.