On Sunday, the 2018 Pro Bowl will take place in Orlando, Florida and the NFL’s best (or at least most recognizable) players of the season will match up against each other in an exhibition game and skills showdown. Yet, the two best teams of the season will not be a part of the spectacle: The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will be preparing for their Super Bowl LII matchup.
Consequently, the NFL needs to replace both teams’ Pro Bowl nominations for Sunday’s game. In New England’s case, this means the following:
QB Tom Brady: QB Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders)
TE Rob Gronkowski: TE Jack Doyle (Indianapolis Colts)
FB James Develin: FB Roosevelt Nix (Pittsburgh Steelers)
ST Matthew Slater: ST Brynden Trawick (Tennessee Titans)
While Brady, Gronkowski, Develin and Slater will not be part of the Pro Bowl, they will still receive a pay check for being nominated to it. Thus, each player will get $48,000 – exactly the middle ground between what the players on the winning team ($64,000) and those on the losing team ($32,000) will get.