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Saints pay defender $400,000 bonus despite missing incentive

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Okafor finished the 2018 regular season with four sacks. He reportedly fell one short of an original contract incentive that would have paid him $400,000 if he managed five.

But, perhaps feeling generous after such a successful 2018 campaign, the Saints bought out Okafor’s incentive and paid him the $400,000 to reward him for his hard work.

This is pretty cool, as Okafor’s contribution ultimately helped the Saints achieve the No. 1 seed in the NFC. The team first clinched its division and then home-field advantage in Week 16.

Next up for Okafor will be a home divisional playoff game against a to be determined opponent once the dust from Wild Card Weekend settles.

Okafor’s next game makes for only his second career playoff since he appeared postseason for the Arizona Cardinals in 2014.