Keeping players in peak physical condition is essential for teams to have the bets possible players on the roster. Sometimes you need to provide a bit of a monetary incentive in order to keep some players in shape. The Seattle Seahawks offered free agent running back Eddie Lacy a serious incentive to keep his weight down, but others around the league have similar incentives in their contracts as well.

Atlanta Falcons nose tackle Dontari Poe has an even more valuable reason to meet his goal incentive this week than Lacy does in Seattle. In fact, he has more than double the money Lacy does in Seattle if he can keep his weight at or below 340 pounds.

As noted by Pro Football Talk, Poe actually has multiple weight incentives built into his contract that could add up to $500,000 over four regularly scheduled weigh-ins. The next checkup will be at training camp, followed by the start of the regular season and again in November around the midway point of the season. His Tuesday weigh-in will be the first chance the Falcons get to see how Poe has handled himself since the Super Bowl. It can be a nervous time for some, but Poe says he feels good about dropping the 16 pounds required of him to satisfy the incentive.

If somebody would offer me similar incentives to keep my weight down, I can guarantee you I’d do everything in my power to keep myself in better shape.

[Pro Football Talk]

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