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Vonn Bell to earn NFL’s largest reporting bonus

Vonn Bell gets a million dollars just for showing up to training camp, which is more than anyone else in the NFL.

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Bengals veterans reported on Tuesday, and recent addition Vonn Bell will earn the NFL’s largest reporting bonus.

NFL contracts are long and complicated, but there are two ways players make money: salaries and bonuses.

Bonuses come in all shapes and sizes, but it basically means free money. For instance, a reporting bonus means that a player gets paid a certain amount just for reporting for training camp.

Bell, specifically, gets $1 million in reporting bonuses this season. That is the most of any player in the league this year.

The Bengals reportedly won a bidding war for Bell’s services, and the league-high bonus might have been a factor.

As an interesting note, Bell’s salary in 2020 will be the lowest in his three years as a Bengal. His massive reporting bonus will help offset it, while it also protects him from losing money due to injury.

Even though the veterans reported, they have to pass coronavirus tests before they can actually participate in team activities.