The second-year wide receiver is coming off major knee surgery and he recently said he’s walking a fine line in trying to be patient in a comeback that’s going well. But testing his knee isn’t the only reason why Benn is hoping for labor peace to come soon. When training camp starts, he’ll have a $750,000 check waiting for him inside One Buccaneer Place.
I just looked through contract information on all NFC South players (excluding rookies because they can’t have contracts until there’s a labor agreement) and Benn is the only player in the division with a reporting bonus for training camp. Other players have workout and roster bonuses (and many of those have been tied up, at least temporarily, by the lockout), but reporting bonuses are seldom used in the NFC South.
Carolina general manager Marty Hurney and Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff traditionally avoid using reporting bonuses.