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How much can Patriots players earn during the postseason?

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With the postseason underway and the Patriots set to open their playoff stretch Sunday, it's important to remember NFL players are paid much differently in the postseason than the regular season.

A majority of players take a hefty pay cut in the postseason because their regular-season salaries have no bearing on what they make during the playoffs. There is a specific amount for each playoff round, and each eligible player gets paid the same: Basically, Rob Gronkowski whose $8 million salary is the highest on the Patriots, will be paid the same during the playoffs as rookie J.C. Jackson.

Let's run through a few important things when it comes to how the financial picture changes for teams and players in the postseason.