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Why each Washington Football Team win is worth a lot to Taylor Heinicke’s wallet



Some guy in some movie once said, “Show me the money.” Was it actually Taylor Heinicke?

Washington is on a four-game winning streak. It has knocked off the Buccaneers, Panthers, Seahawks and Raiders in a bid to secure an NFC playoff appearance in a disappointing season.

Starting quarterback Heinicke, though, has no reason to be upset with the way 2021 has gone: He has thrown 18 touchdowns to 11 interceptions as the starter and has a 7:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio during the winning streak. And the success is helping him financially in a pretty big way.

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Heinicke’s contract includes a nice little bonus mechanism: For every Washington win in which Heinicke starts and plays 60 percent of the snaps, he earns a $125,000 bonus. By that measure, Heinicke has earned himself a half-million dollars during theย streak.

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In all, Heinicke has made an extra $750,000 while starting for Washington, in a season where he wasn’t expected to get starter snaps. Heinicke took over after Ryan Fitzpatrick went down with a hip injury in Week 1.

While the incentives aren’t exactly starting quarterback cheddar, they’re enough to make Heinicke cheese: Heinicke signed a two-year, $4.75 million contract with Washington this past offseason. The deal includes $1.5 million in guarantees, which is on the light side. The winning certainly helps.

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The wins certainly are great for the team’s playoff hopes. The bottom of the NFC field is wide open, which means it still has a shot to make the dance.

Washington (6-6) now sits at .500 for the season; Heinicke’s wallet, however, is well over that mark.



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