2016 Performance-Based Pay Distributions Announced

Collectively bargained payouts awarded

NFL Players will receive $127.84 million in “Performance-Based Pay” for their performance during the 2016 season, the NFL announced today. The Performance-Based Pay program is a collectively-bargained benefit that compensates players based upon their playing time and salary levels. 

In addition to the Performance-Based Pay pool​​​, the NFL Players Association has elected to dedicate $32 million in benefits (i.e., $1 million per club) to fund a Veteran Performance-Based Compensation Pool (the “Veteran Pool”) for players with more than one Accrued Season. In total, $159.84 million will be disbursed to players under the combined pools. 

Atlanta Falcons cornerback BRIAN POOLE earned the highest amount in the Performance-Based Pay program. Oakland Raiders guard GABE JACKSON earned the most in the Veteran Pool. Under the combined pools, Atlanta safety RICARDO ALLEN earned the highest amount of all NFL players. See the tables below for the top 25 bonuses in each category. 

Players have been paid over $1.2 billion cumulatively since the inception of the Performance-Based Pay program, which was implemented as part of the NFL’s 2002 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association, and continues as part of the parties’ current agreement.  

The Veteran Pool is a component of the Rookie Redistribution Fund, which is a player benefit that was created under the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The NFL Players Association elected to fund the Veteran Pool for the first time this past year. 

HOW PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY WORKS: 

Under the Performance-Based Pay program, a fund is created and used as a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. Players become eligible to receive a bonus distribution in any regular season in which they play at least one official down. 

Performance-Based Pay is computed by using a player index (“Index”). To produce the Index, a player’s regular-season playtime (total plays on offense, defense and special teams) is divided by his adjusted regular-season compensation (full season salary, prorated portion of signing bonus, earned incentives). Each player’s Index is then compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his Performance-Based Pay. 

The Veteran Pool is computed in a similar manner, with two significant modifications: 1) Players with zero Accrued Seasons are not eligible to receive distributions, however, such players remain eligible to receive distributions under the Performance-Based Pay program; and 2) to calculate the eligible player’s Index, if the player’s full season base salary is less than $1 million, an additional amount will be imputed so that the player’s base salary equals $1 million. This imputation of salary is solely for the purpose of calculating distributions from the pool, and does not affect the actual salary paid to the player. 

ILLUSTRATION OF PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY SYSTEM

​Each player on the same team com­petes for his own share of his club’s Performance-Based Pay pool. The hypothetical example in the table below illustrates how the Player Index works, using a simplified four-player team and a club bonus pool of $1,000,000. Each player receives his share of the pool depending on how his index compares to those of his teammates​

 

A

Playtime

B

Compensation

C

Index

(A/B)

D

% of Club Bonus Pool

(C/Team Total C)

E

Hypothetical Bonus

(D * $1,000,000)

Player A

50%

$     500,000

10.0

50% of the Club’s pool (10 out of 20)

50% * $1,000,000 = $500,000

Player B

50%

$  1,000,000

5.0

25% of the Club’s pool (5 out of 20)

25% * $1,000,000 = $250,000

Player C

20%

$     500,000

4.0

20% of the Club’s pool (4 out of 20)

20% * $1,000,000 = $200,000

Player D

10%

$  1,000,000

1.0

5% of the Club’s pool (1 out of 20)

          5% * $1,000,000 =     $50,000

Team Total:

20.0 Points

 ​

TOP 25 PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY DISTRIBUTIONS FOR 2016

PLAYER

CLUB

POSITION

COLLEGE

ENTRY

YEAR

DRAFT

ROUND

DISTRIBUTION

1

Brian Poole

Atlanta

CB

Florida

2016

UDFA

$ 371,783.11

2

Dak Prescott

Dallas

QB

Mississippi State

2016

4

$ 353,544.57

3

Anthony Brown

Dallas

CB

Purdue

2016

6

$ 346,198.12

4

Ricardo Allen

Atlanta

SS

Purdue

2014

5

$ 342,712.65

5

David Andrews

New England

C

Georgia

2015

UDFA

$ 341,353.27

6

Jalen Mills

Philadelphia

CB

Louisiana State

2016

7

$ 324,112.11

7

Trenton Brown

San Francisco

T

Florida

2015

7

$ 323,714.54

8

Zach Orr

Baltimore

LB

North Texas

2014

UDFA

$ 317,986.94

9

Alejandro Villanueva

Pittsburgh

T

Army

2014

UDFA

$ 317,676.41

10

Andrew Adams

New York Giants

S

Connecticut

2016

UDFA

$ 316,310.42

11

Greg Mancz

Houston

C

Toledo

2015

UDFA

$ 314,808.54

12

Russell Bodine

Cincinnati

C

North Carolina

2014

4

$ 314,040.72

13

Quinton Spain

Tennessee

G

West Virginia

2015

UDFA

$ 307,518.91

14

LaDarius Gunter

Green Bay

CB

Miami

2015

UDFA

$ 306,388.79

15

Matt Paradis

Denver

C

Boise State

2014

6

$ 306,002.71

16

Joe Thuney

New England

G

North Carolina State

2016

3

$ 305,206.63

17

Mark Glowinski

Seattle

G

West Virginia

2015

4

$ 303,282.60

18

Jordan Hicks

Philadelphia

LB

Texas

2015

3

$ 300,142.56

19

Telvin Smith

Jacksonville

LB

Florida State

2014

5

$ 293,471.03

20

Andrew Norwell

Carolina

G

Ohio State

2014

UDFA

$ 291,975.48

21

Kwon Alexander

Tampa Bay

LB

Louisiana State

2015

4

$ 291,500.78

22

Tajae Sharpe

Tennessee

WR

Massachusetts

2016

5

$ 289,676.53

23

Malcolm Butler

New England

CB

West Alabama

2014

UDFA

$ 287,598.82

24

Bobby Hart

New York Giants

G

Florida State

2015

7

$ 285,288.92

25

Kevin Byard

Tennessee

S

Middle Tennessee

2016

3

$ 284,778.17

        UDFA – Undrafted free agent

​TOP 25 BONUSES IN VETERAN PERFORMANCE-BASED COMPENSATION 

PLAYER

CLUB

POSITION

COLLEGE

ENTRY

YEAR

DRAFT

ROUND

DISTRIBUTION

1

Gabe Jackson

Oakland

G

Mississippi State

2014

3

$ 91,475.02

2

Zach Orr

Baltimore

LB

North Texas

2014

UDFA

$ 88,953.05

3

Ricardo Allen

Atlanta

S

Purdue

2014

5

$ 87,007.27

4

Telvin Smith

Jacksonville

LB

Florida State

2014

5

$ 85,686.64

5

Russell Bodine

Cincinnati

C

North Carolina

2014

4

$ 85,122.27

6

David Andrews

New England

C

Georgia

2015

UDFA

$ 84,990.99

7

Christian Kirksey

Cleveland

LB

Iowa

2014

3

$ 84,154.17

8

Alejandro Villanueva

Pittsburgh

T

Army

2014

UDFA

$ 83,976.05

9

Matt Paradis

Denver

C

Boise State

2014

6

$ 83,805.46

10

Nevin Lawson

Detroit

CB

Utah State

2014

4

$ 82,733.59

11

Jordan Hicks

Philadelphia

LB

Texas

2015

3

$ 81,813.54

12

Ross Cockrell

Pittsburgh

CB

Duke

2014

4

$ 81,720.88

13

Malcolm Butler

New England

CB

West Alabama

2014

UDFA

$ 81,283.90

14

Mark Glowinski

Seattle

G

West Virginia

2015

4

$ 80,458.15

15

Avery Williamson

Tennessee

LB

Kentucky

2014

5

$ 79,530.11

16

Greg Mancz

Houston

C

Toledo

2015

UDFA

$ 78,126.46

17

Max Garcia

Denver

G

Florida

2015

4

$ 77,242.30

18

LaDarius Gunter

Green Bay

CB

Miami

2015

UDFA

$ 77,072.97

19

A.J. Cann

Jacksonville

G

South Carolina

2015

3

$ 76,986.67

20

Kwon Alexander

Tampa Bay

LB

Louisiana State

2015

4

$ 76,811.45

21

Andrew Norwell

Carolina

G

Ohio State

2014

UDFA

$ 76,325.88

22

Bobby Hart

New York Giants

G

Florida State

2015

7

$ 75,784.04

23

Charles Leno

Chicago

T

Boise State

2014

7

$ 75,571.75

24

Shaquille Mason

New England

G

Georgia Tech

2015

4

$ 74,876.72

25

Quinton Spain

Tennessee

G

West Virginia

2015

UDFA

$ 74,429.55

        UDFA – Undrafted free agent 

TOP 25 COMBINED TOTAL (PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY AND VETERAN PERFORMANCE-BASED COMPENSATION) 

PLAYER

CLUB

POS

COLLEGE

ENTRY

YEAR

DRAFT

ROUND

REGULAR PBP

VETERAN PBP

COMBINED DISTRIBUTION

1

Ricardo Allen

Atlanta

S

Purdue

2014

5

$ 342,712.65

$ 87,007.27

$ 429,719.92

2

David Andrews

New England

C

Georgia

2015

UDFA

$ 341,353.27

$ 84,990.99

$ 426,344.26

3

Zach Orr

Baltimore

LB

North Texas

2014

UDFA

$ 317,986.94

$ 88,953.05

$ 406,939.99

4

Alejandro Villanueva

Pittsburgh

T

Army

2014

UDFA

$ 317,676.41

$ 83,976.05

$ 401,652.46

5

Russell Bodine

Cincinnati

C

North Carolina

2014

4

$ 314,040.72

$ 85,122.27

$ 399,162.99

6

Trenton Brown

San Francisco

T

Florida

2015

7

$ 323,714.54

$ 73,123.24

$ 396,837.78

7

Greg Mancz

Houston

C

Toledo

2015

UDFA

$ 314,808.54

$ 78,126.46

$ 392,935.00

8

Matt Paradis

Denver

C

Boise State

2014

6

$ 306,002.71

$ 83,805.46

$ 389,808.17

9

Mark Glowinski

Seattle

G

West Virginia

2015

4

$ 303,282.60

$ 80,458.15

$ 383,740.75

10

LaDarius Gunter

Green Bay

CB

Miami

2015

UDFA

$ 306,388.79

$ 77,072.97

$ 383,461.76

11

Quinton Spain

Tennessee

G

West Virginia

2015

UDFA

$ 300,142.56

$ 81,813.54

$ 381,956.10

12

Jordan Hicks

Philadelphia

LB

Texas

2015

3

$ 307,518.91

$ 74,429.55

$ 381,948.46

13

Telvin Smith

Jacksonville

LB

Florida State

2014

5

$ 293,471.03

$ 85,686.64

$ 379,157.67

14

Brian Poole

Atlanta

CB

Florida

2016

UDFA

$ 371,783.11

$               –

$ 371,783.11

15

Malcolm Butler

New England

CB

West Alabama

2014

UDFA

$ 287,598.82

$ 81,283.90

$ 368,882.72

16

Kwon Alexander

Tampa Bay

LB

Louisiana State

2015

4

$ 291,500.78

$ 76,811.45

$ 368,312.23

17

Andrew Norwell

Carolina

G

Ohio State

2014

UDFA

$ 291,975.48

$ 76,325.88

$ 368,301.36

18

Gabe Jackson

Oakland

G

Mississippi State

2014

3

$ 273,174.55

$ 91,475.02

$ 364,649.57

19

Bobby Hart

NY Giants

G

Florida State

2015

7

$ 285,288.92

$ 75,784.04

$ 361,072.96

20

Avery Williamson

Tennessee

LB

Kentucky

2014

5

$ 279,923.35

$ 79,530.11

$ 359,453.46

21

Dak Prescott

Dallas

QB

Mississippi State

2016

4

$ 353,544.57

$               –

$ 353,544.57

22

Ross Cockrell

Pittsburgh

CB

Duke

2014

4

$ 270,899.82

$ 81,720.88

$ 352,620.70

23

Shaquille Mason

New England

G

Georgia Tech

2015

4

$ 277,474.07

$ 74,876.72

$ 352,350.79

24

Anthony Brown

Dallas

CB

Purdue

2016

6

$ 346,198.12

$               –

$ 346,198.12

25

Nevin Lawson

Detroit

CB

Utah State

2014

4

$ 261,672.97

$ 82,733.59

$ 344,406.56

        UDFA – Undrafted free agent

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