The NFL Players Association and the National Football League Players Association announced Tuesday that the players who played during the national anthem in January have received a combined $1.6 billion in bonuses.
The payments will cover a wide range of benefits, including performance-based incentives for playing through injury and the ability to share in team profits and profits generated by the league.
The players have also received more than $2 billion in “expenses,” including $400 million for salaries, bonuses and other benefits.
In a statement, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said: “The NFL Players’ Union and National Football Coaches Association today announced that the total total benefits paid by players during the month of January were $1,637,624.
This includes the $1 billion in performance-related bonuses, which will allow our players to benefit from an unprecedented amount of additional benefits.”
NFLPA spokesman Greg Aiello said the $2.2 billion of the compensation is divided equally among the players and will remain with the union until the NFLPA takes over the NFL Players Compensation and Labor Committee.
The $1bn in “excludes the $400,000 for players to be paid on a weekly basis, which is in addition to the $200,000 in deferred compensation payments for the players’ coaches and trainers,” he said.
The total compensation is expected to be around $9 billion for the NFL.
In January, the NFL suspended players for the duration of the regular season for the protest that began on Dec. 12.
It is expected that the suspensions would be lifted by the time the playoffs start in the summer.
Players are expected to begin protesting again in the fall.
The NFL has said that the protests were spurred by police brutality and that the owners of the league have tried to keep the protests from hurting its brand.
The protests began when Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, took a knee during the playing of the national anthems during the anthem to protest police brutality.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, also took a stand against the protests, calling the anthem “disgraceful.”
The players are still awaiting the results of a federal civil rights investigation into the protests.