NFL players on average amass their pay checks 1 through 17 of this season.
But because of the performance-based pay program, a jointly bargained benefit, they have had a fine March incentive to enjoy as 2002.
This past year, players — including rookies — will probably be given a total of 140,880,000 in performance-based pay, and each team got $4,402,500 to distribute.
Players receive bonuses based on how much their playing time is disproportionate to their wages. In other words, players that do not produce alot, but play alot, receive the largest checks.
For some, the amount is sufficient to buy a nice steak dinner and a picture. For others, it’s sufficient to purchase a brand new property.
There’s also a veteran performance-based settlement pool worth $48 million, or $1.5 million each team, that is awarded to players with a number of accrued seasons. Those bonuses this year capped out at $144,472.
Following is a look at some of the notable performance-based bonuses which were distributed (not including the veteran pool of cash).
Earn Money, MONEY ($350K club)
An undrafted free agent from Duke at 2016, Skura started and played every offensive snap, and 17 per cent of their snaps on special teams. And get this, if you add the incentive Skura earned by the pool that is veteran, his March test totals $533,558 — which nearly doubles his 2018 salary.
Austin Blythe, G, Rams; incentive: $380,060
The Rams claimed Blythe off waivers from IndiaNapolis. He served as a backup for a season, then your seventh-round pick in 2016 earned a starting position at right guard for the Super Bowl-bound team. Blythe’s base salary last season was 630,000. A60 percentage incentive? Very awful.
Jesse Davis, G, Dolphins; incentive: $374,833
Davis’ bonus is just six times longer than he earned in his first two seasons at the NFL combined ($61,200). An undrafted free agent in 2015,” Davis bounced between your practice squads of the Seahawks, Jets and Dolphins before he was encouraged to a full time starter in 2017 and 2018. Last season Davis accumulated a cool $308,989 bonus.
Jayon Brown, LB, Tennessee; incentive: $373,575
A fifth-round pick in 2017, Brown is at the back $320,000-plus bonus center. Brown started nine matches for the Titans but appeared at every 16. He had six sacks and an interception he returned 22 yards for a touchdown.
Cory Littleton, LB, Rams; incentive: $371,379
Chase Roullier, C, Redskins; incentive: $358,849
A sixth-round select from Wyoming at 20 17, Roullier started 16 matches this year after he started seven days as a rookie.
Joe Thuney, G, Patriots; incentive: $352,578
Three seasons, and three large incentive checks to Thuney since he was selected from the third round in 2016. Thuney has started 48 matches, and has been rewarded as he’s amassed a total of 954,404.
MAKE… SOME MONEY
Andrew DePaola, LS, Raiders; bon-us: $286.04
DePaola may be the unlucky recipient of the tiniest incentive this season and was unlucky to endure a torn ACL in Week 1, which led to the long-snapper to overlook the rest of the growing season.
Odhiambo played one snap special teams and earned himself enough for dinner, dessert and a picture.
Chad played just with one snap in 2018, and it led in a kneel-down. Well done.
ADD MONEY TO THE PILE
It was a rough season for Garoppolo, that underwent season-ending knee surgery after Week 3. The good news for the 49ers’ franchise quarterback is he signed up a mega-contract worth around $137.5 million over five seasons. He will not have to make that $909 go a lot.
Mack signed a six-year, $141 million contract extension before the season which left him that the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. Therefore, while $13,622 may mean a lot to most, it’s only .0097 percentage of Mack’s potential earnings.
Prescott was among the top 25 in bonuses that the previous two seasons, but fell just beyond the elite incentive group this season. It’s not necessary to feel awful for the prior fourth-round pick; 3 years of bonuses have netted him an extra $931,136.