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Performance-Based Pay Figures Released

Brad Biggs has the top 12 earners in performance-based pay over at the National Football Post.

Number one was Vikings center John Sullivan, who earned $397,555. Zach Bowman of the Bears earned $355,355, more than his salary for the season. Brian Urlacher got $452 for his 35 snaps.

For those unfamiliar with the system, Biggs explains:

The system divides a total of $109,532,000 among the 32 teams with $3,422,875 being divided by each team. The league uses a formula based on playing time percentage and a player’s salary cap.

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8 comments, Last at 13 Mar 2010, 9:40pm

2 Re: Performance-Based Pay Figures Released

The term "performance-based pay" seems misleading to me. It should be called something like "playing time based pay." If it truly were based on performance, JaMarcus Russell probably would receive less than the pigeon who helped the Raiders' special teams cover a kickoff against the Eagles. Actually, Russell probably would be cutting a check to the Raiders.

7 Re: Performance-Based Pay Figures Released

Gary Guyton, LB, New England $349,437
This makes sense, Guyton did seem to be on the field every play but he is a terrible linebacker

8 Re: Performance-Based Pay Figures Released

I understand why each franchise is allocated the same amount of money to be divided among its players, but it does make the scheme less successful in fairly rewarding the overachieving late round picks on their rookie contracts for whose benefit I presume it is meant to exist. Players on teams like the Colts and Texans, who plugged a bunch of unheralded kids into their lineups, will be less well remunerated than guys like Sullivan who happened to fill the spot of need on a veteran team.