It pays to be available.
Thanks to his consistent play and good luck with health, Craig Robertson triggered an incentive in his contract that will pay him a $1.1 million bonus, according to a source.
The Saints linebacker has a clause in his contract that pays him escalating amounts of money for the percentage of snaps he plays each season he is with the team. Robertson, who logged 74.7 percent of the defensive plays this season, could have earned $1.5 million by playing 80 percent of the snaps.
Robertson hooked on with the Saints last season, and the initial vision for him was to serve as depth at linebacker and on special teams. Injuries each of the last two seasons have pushed him into the starting lineup, where he has proven to be an important player for the defense. The former Cleveland Brown recorded 53 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions this season.
He logged 92.5 percent of the snaps in 2016, his first year in New Orleans.
A handful of other Saints also earned incentives. Defensive end Cam Jordan earned an extra $250,000 on Sunday by recording his 13th sack of the season, setting a new career high.
Offensive lineman Senio Kelemete earned a $400,000 check by playing 61 percent of the snaps during the regular season. He also was expected to serve in a reserve role but ended up starting a handful of games due to injuries.
Kelemete just snuck in over the threshold for the second level of his bonus on Sunday. The cutoff was at 60 percent. He could have earned another $200,000 by playing 80 percent of the snaps.