The Packers offered their players cash incentives for good performance in games against Minnesota and Carolina (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3119097) Most of the reaction I've heard has been about the potential for defensive players to take out Adrian Peterson, for instance. I seriously doubt that $500 would be enough to make a Packers defender want to injure another player though. In principle, I don't think there's anything wrong with unusual incentives for specific goals, as long as the incentive isn't anything too great. It could help a player focus on something that he needs to focus on simply by bringing it to the forefront. However, I do think there's a problem with offering money as an incentive. Even though $500 is chump change to most NFL football players, it's obviously very necessary to have full disclosure regarding monetary compensation of players in the NFL. And because of that I think the NFL's policy is a good one to prevent this sort of thing from happening, just to avoid even the possibility of any impropriety (hidden wages, etc.) I haven't heard this aspect of the issue brought up yet. Thoughts?