Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

12 Mar 2010

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.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 12 Mar 2010

9 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2010, 4:11am by sports-veronica


by Key19 :: Fri, 03/12/2010 - 5:51pm

So the league had a fund for handing out extra money to players who perform well/a lot?

by Anonymous Coward (not verified) :: Fri, 03/12/2010 - 8:57pm

It's a big deal for guys who are late round picks that end up starting on their rookie deal.

by Marko :: Fri, 03/12/2010 - 6:13pm

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.

by tally :: Fri, 03/12/2010 - 6:15pm

The pay is based on the quantity, not quality, of performance, so it's still technically correct.

by commissionerleaf :: Fri, 03/12/2010 - 6:25pm

So Chad OchoCinco should just get all $109M for his antics? What a performer. Quantity has a quality all its own.

by IsraelP (not verified) :: Sat, 03/13/2010 - 1:53pm

William Gay, CB, Pittsburgh $325,607

The system is obviously faulty.

Sounds like baseball arbitration.

by Anonymisses (not verified) :: Sat, 03/13/2010 - 8:06pm

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

by Mr Shush :: Sat, 03/13/2010 - 10:40pm

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.